I am trying to link a CSV to a shapefile using the method as described in this tutorial: http://maps.cga.harvard.edu/qgis/wkshop/join_csv.php
It seems to work fine but the problem is that the CSV when imported in QGIS reads all data as strings. I found a suggestion online to save another file as csvt. In the same location (see Changing CSV layer attribute value from text to number in QGIS?) and I tried using “text wrangler” and “text edit” but it didn't work out.
Can anyone suggest a solution that works on a MAC (QGIS: 2.4.0-Chugiak)?