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RISC OS Excels again!

Posted by fwibbler on 14:56, 14/12/2003 |
 
Or rather, Anton Reiser has Excelled with his creation of an Excel spreadsheet file viewer.

A little like the Word viewer 'AntiWord', it allows you to drop an Excel spreadsheet file onto its icon which it will try and decipher as best it can.
I tried it with an Excel Workbook file I have and it seemed to work very well, as you can see from the picture, allowing you to view each of the sheets inside a workbook file. I'm impressed!

This is the first public release of the program and so features like the ability to print or to save as a drawfile are not currently available. Hopefully they will appear at some point in the future.

Links: Antons ViewXLS
 

  RISC OS Excels again!
  ksattic (22:10 14/12/2003)
  Ian (10:55 15/12/2003)
    __davidb__ (21:35 15/12/2003)
      ksattic (22:11 15/12/2003)
        mavhc (00:59 16/12/2003)
          __david__ (01:42 16/12/2003)
            diodesign (02:14 16/12/2003)
              bob hartley (16:57 16/12/2003)
                tim (17:58 16/12/2003)
                  __david__ (18:26 16/12/2003)
                    diodesign (20:12 16/12/2003)
                      __david__ (01:35 17/12/2003)
                        diodesign (04:49 17/12/2003)
                          Harmsy (19:03 17/12/2003)
 
Simon Wilson Message #92622, posted by ksattic at 22:10, 14/12/2003
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This utility is very good - it's fast and it rendered correctly every Excel file I threw at it (even an Office 2002 one - not tried 2003 yet). I liked the menu to swap between different sheets in the same file.
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Ian Message #92623, posted at 10:55, 15/12/2003, in reply to message #92622
Unregistered user Very nice.
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__davidb__ Message #92624, posted at 21:35, 15/12/2003, in reply to message #92623
Unregistered user Makers of spreadsheet applications for RISC OS should be falling over themselves to get Anton to write file convertors for their products.

The question is: which of those applications are still being developed?

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Simon Wilson Message #92625, posted by ksattic at 22:11, 15/12/2003, in reply to message #92624
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Finally, an avatar!

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Acorn could have made Advance into their killer office package, but instead it was a very low-end package. I remember using it at school and wondering why there was no button bar in the word processor - everything had to be done via menus!
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Mark Scholes Message #92626, posted by mavhc at 00:59, 16/12/2003, in reply to message #92625
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Advance was just a bunch of different apps stuck together though, which acorn didn't write.
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__david__ Message #92627, posted at 01:42, 16/12/2003, in reply to message #92626
Unregistered user You'd have thought it would have been the killer office suite given that each application was supposedly written by the market leader in each field.

Instead, one rather suspects that each party involved saw it as a great way to advertise their own products, resulting in what appears to be a collection of "lite" components, each with ready made upgrade paths.

Sort of like Microsoft Works. Maybe it was designed like that.

I have a feeling that on Drobe this comment would be moderated down. Top-down cynicism only, or something.

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Chris Williams Message #92628, posted by diodesign at 02:14, 16/12/2003, in reply to message #92627
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I dount your comment would be, Dave. Meta-moderation on a 'rival' site. How amusing ;-)

Chris. Just me.

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bob hartley Message #92629, posted at 16:57, 16/12/2003, in reply to message #92628
Unregistered user If this was released as shareware there would eb a flood of people buying it and that could even pay for a part-time coder to help.

cheers
bob

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tim Message #92630, posted at 17:58, 16/12/2003, in reply to message #92629
Unregistered user Another useful way to avoid M$ software; now if I could find an efective powerpoint file reader I'd be even happier....
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__david__ Message #92631, posted at 18:26, 16/12/2003, in reply to message #92630
Unregistered user Well, Chris, I'm sure that mavhc is pleased that he can actually see his comments here without having to view all the other moderated content.

One would have thought that there's a certain amount of politically motivated moderation going on over there.

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Chris Williams Message #92632, posted by diodesign at 20:12, 16/12/2003, in reply to message #92631
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a) What has this to do with ViewXLS? It's off-topic. Now, if this was on drobe.co.uk, it would probably be modded down, for good reason.

b) drobe.co.uk staff set the moderation rules and let the system run, automatically and without prejudice. That's the joy of computers, they don't care. If people don't like a comment, it goes down. If a person makes lots of dumb comments that go down, they get a warning triangle. If a person makes lots of good comments, they get a star. It's online democracy. I also admire your desire to support the underdog, or whatever.

Anyway, VXLS looks nice, it opened my Finance and Accounting coursework. Good job, so far.

Chris. Just me.

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__david__ Message #92633, posted at 01:35, 17/12/2003, in reply to message #92632
Unregistered user Chris:

a) My apologies to Anton and The Doctor for making the original aside.

b) It's a shame. The original unmoderated system worked so well.

Bob:

Maybe a donation-based scheme would work.

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Chris Williams Message #92634, posted by diodesign at 04:49, 17/12/2003, in reply to message #92633
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dave: drop me an email if you want to share your feelings, or use our forum. The moderation system was put in place to counter stupid, crap comments being posted (like this one ;-) and award those contributing to the site content.

Chris. Just me.

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Harmsy Message #92635, posted at 19:03, 17/12/2003, in reply to message #92634
Unregistered user Hey cool - I look forward to testing this out. Even Eureka can't load Workbooks, so this is REALLY useful.

WELL DONE!

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