son's Little League season started two weeks ago. The helpful "team
mom" emailed a team schedule to all the players. Unfortunately, it was
an .xls file requiring Microsoft Excel to open the file. This is not
unusual. The majority of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft
PowerPoint users are casual home users who, like the mom in the above
to simply open a file that's been sent to them and then print it, or
maybe make minor edits and
pass it along.
only way to get Microsoft Excel is to buy Microsoft Office, which
costs $400+. Using OpenOffice is another option, but few people know
about this product, so they end up pirating a copy of Microsoft Office
trekking to their local computer store and spending a lot of money to
solve a simple computing task.
today, the world has another option - ajaxXLS 0.5. This
program, like ajaxWrite and ajaxSketch, is an AJAX program that
in seconds directly over the Internet. One click on ajaxXLS.com and you
have a spreadsheet program to open any .xls
file. Nothing to buy. Nothing to install. No need to register.
is the first web service that will open .xls files for free on the
Internet, and I hope it will turn into a valuable resource. With this
release, we're publishing the methodology whereby any search engine,
email client or other software developer can provide a link to an
existing .xls document (currently the document must be publicly
available online) so that anyone can open it using ajaxXLS. For example, my
Mozilla/Thunderbird email client could have provided a URL next to
every .xls attachment. When I click it, the document will automatically
open and be viewable and printable. See for yourself how a spreadsheet document can be launched right from my web page by clicking on this sample revenue.xls.You can also create a link on your
website that opens any spreadsheet in ajaxXLS.
|Click here to
obtain a copy of the code for your site.
We're making two
versions of ajaxXLS available.
ajaxXLS 0.5 viewer is suitable
for viewing and printing
but it does not support editing. It's the first free .xls web viewer
program, but that's only half the problem. People need to edit .xls
documents too and we're working on that. We're also making an ajaxXLS
available which does allow editing, but is not reliable. We wanted to
show you the latest products from our lab and what is possible so
you'll see the direction we're moving. We'll be making
constant improvements to this version which will happen seamlessly on
the ajaxXLS web
site (which is one of the major benefits of Internet delivered software
you always get the latest version).
Here's what works in
ajaxXLS 0.5 viewer:
Import an existing .xls document
Displays common formatting (text style, fixed decimal,
currencies, date, time)
Preserves cell background and cell borders
we're working on for ajaxXLS 0.51 editor:
changes to certain formulas
- Copy/paste with
automatic reference update
though ajaxXLS is only halfway to
where it needs to be, I hope it
will grow to be a cornerstone AJAX application. I hope you'll try
opening up your .xls files with it and report your experiences in the ajaxLaunch
forum so we can make ajaxXLS the
best it can be.
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