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MechMan_
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Message 11 of 29 (41 Views)

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11-06-2002 03:15 AM in reply to: gibbs
Yes, MS is the standard but isn't a spreadsheet a spreadsheet no matter who programs it? Kind of like you can open and edit a JPG in just about any graphics program because, for the most part, a graphics program is a graphics program. Just the bells and whistles are different.

The main reason I have this question is because there are some free Office suites (Star Office for example) out there that could be a solution for some of the few that don't have or can't afford MS Office. You know, I may have just answered my own question right there. Why would it be Excel only? Because that's what MS want's. Hmmm.

MechMan
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Message 12 of 29 (41 Views)

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11-06-2002 03:17 AM in reply to: gibbs
I hate to bring this up but I'm curious...does SWX have the same Excel requirement?

MechMan
*Dotson, Sean
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11-06-2002 03:32 AM in reply to: gibbs
from a certain site:

 

Can I use Lotus, Microsoft Works, or something other than
Excel for my Bill of Materials or Design ...

No. SW
supports the use of Microsoft Excel for Bill of Materials and Design Tables.


--
Sean Dotson, PE

href="http://www.sdotson.com">http://www.sdotson.com

...sleep is for the
weak..
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I
hate to bring this up but I'm curious...does SWX have the same Excel
requirement?

MechMan

*Gwin, Hal
Message 14 of 29 (41 Views)

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11-06-2002 03:41 AM in reply to: gibbs
And the government was worried about Uncle Bill
conquering the world by integrating a browser in his OS.

 


--
Hal Gwin
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Message 15 of 29 (41 Views)

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11-06-2002 03:45 AM in reply to: gibbs
Thanks Sean.

MechMan
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davej
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Message 16 of 29 (41 Views)

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11-06-2002 04:32 AM in reply to: gibbs
I wonder why ADesk didn't put Excel in the Installation CD like Volo View and Internet Explorer, especially with something so critical. I could understand an issue with license or whatever if it was just VoloView (an ADesk program) on the disk. But they do include IE, a Microsoft program. What's up with that?
*Dotson, Sean
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11-06-2002 04:36 AM in reply to: gibbs
Because IE is free to download.  Excel is
not.  If they put it on they would have to pay license fees for Excel and
then the costs of the product would go up.  That would not be fair to those
who already had MS Office.


--
Sean Dotson, PE

href="http://www.sdotson.com">http://www.sdotson.com

...sleep is for the
weak..
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I
wonder why ADesk didn't put Excel in the Installation CD like Volo View and
Internet Explorer, especially with something so critical. I could understand
an issue with license or whatever if it was just VoloView (an ADesk program)
on the disk. But they do include IE, a Microsoft program. What's up with
that?
*Caldwell, Larry
Message 18 of 29 (41 Views)

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11-06-2002 04:58 AM in reply to: gibbs
The Excel files are *.xls like JPEG files are
*.jpg. You can open jpg files in any program that supports jpg but if the
program didn't support jpg they wouldn't work. I think that is why you have to
use Excel, there is no translator for the other file types.

~Larry


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Yes,
MS is the standard but isn't a spreadsheet a spreadsheet no matter who
programs it? Kind of like you can open and edit a JPG in just about any
graphics program because, for the most part, a graphics program is a graphics
program. Just the bells and whistles are different.

The main reason I have this question is because there are some free Office
suites (Star Office for example) out there that could be a solution for some
of the few that don't have or can't afford MS Office. You know, I may have
just answered my own question right there. Why would it be Excel only? Because
that's what MS want's. Hmmm.

MechMan

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Registered: ‎12-12-2003
Message 19 of 29 (41 Views)

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11-06-2002 05:11 AM in reply to: gibbs
Ok, now it's making sense. IV is programmed to *.xls files and *.xls is a MS file extension. StarOffice (and others) use a different file extension for their spreadsheets. Autodesk can't (and shouldn't) program every possible existing spreadsheet file extension into IV.

I guess if Adesk wanted to be nice they could supply a small add-in that would change what spreadsheet file extension IV looks for but I don't see that coming (and personally don't care). I've got Office. This was all mainly to satisfy my curiosity.

Thanks for opening my eyes Larry.

MechMan
*Hintehoeller, Richard
Message 20 of 29 (41 Views)

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11-06-2002 05:33 AM in reply to: gibbs
Or worse, Autodesk (the same goes for the competition) could have
elected to re-create the functionality of excel in-house, which would
have raised the price, been buggy and only a fraction as effective.

I think it was a smart move to integrate with the most commonly
available spreadsheet to do the job.

Furthermore, I really respect the fact that Autodesl are supporting
Excel versions back to '97' so that we were not forced to upgrade to
2000 then to XP.

Richard
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