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SPREADSHEETS: PlanMaker 2004 from SoftMaker now in Public Beta
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - on Monday, 05.04.04 - 17:06:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 9310x
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Late last year we mentioned that SoftMaker, the makers of TextMaker was planning on a Pocket Excel replacement which gives full Excel capability to the Pocket PC called PlanMaker 2003. Since then they have renamed it PlanMaker 2004 and will feature functinoality never before achieved in a handheld device.

PlanMaker 2004 features desktop-class spreadsheet capability for mobile devices. It has a comprehensive set of calculation functions, lets you present results visually through charts too. PlanMaker 2004 also promises seamless document exchange, comprehensive calculation features, comprehensive formatting options, use drawings and pictures, charting, analyzing data, and extras like support for 17 different languages.

PlanMaker 2004 Feature list includes:

  • Direct document exchange with PlanMaker for Windows, PlanMaker for Handheld PCs, and PlanMaker for Linux – no conversion required, no loss of formatting
  • seamless document exchange with Microsoft Excel 5.0, 95, 97, 2000, XP, Excel 2003 and Microsoft Excel for Apple Macintosh
  • Reads and writes password-protected Excel files
  • Imports and exports dBASE database and numerous other file formats
  • More than 320 calculation functions
  • Support for complex numbers
  • Array functions, functions with output range
  • Up to 16384 rows, 256 columns, and 256 sheets per document
  • Numbers can be formatted as currency, with fixed decimal parts, thousands separators, as percentage values, as fractions, as dates and times, in accounting format etc.
  • Perpetual time format (20:00 + 5:00 is 25:00 hours, not 1:00), negative times supported as well
  • Goal seeker
  • Freeze rows and columns
  • AutoFill with smart series recognition
  • Named ranges; ranges can contain calculations (CIRCLE=PI()*A1)
  • Cell comments with any kind of formatting
  • Cell and sheet protection against accidental or deliberate modification
  • Read and write protection for documents, document encryption
  • Unlimited undo and redo
  • All types of character formatting: font, style, size, etc.
  • Extended styles of formatting, including small caps, font colors, character spacing and pitch, variable subscript and superscript etc.
  • Cell borders, shades, fill patterns
  • Conditional formatting (change formatting depending on the result of a calculation)
  • Merge cells, rotate cells
  • Cell stylesheets and character stylesheets – recall often-used styles easily
  • Document templates
  • AutoFormat – easily apply attractive layouts
  • Paint formatting (pick up formatting from one cell, then "paint" multiple cells in the same style)
  • Print preview
  • Insert images in numerous formats (BMP, 2BP, TIFF, PCX, GIF, JPEG, TGA, PNG, PhotoCD, IFF, IMG, PBM, PPM, PGM, WMF, EPS)
  • Supports transparent GIF and PNG images and Progressive JPEGs
  • Change brightness, contrast, and gamma of images directly inside PlanMaker
  • Complete drawing layer built-in: Draw and design directly on top of your worksheets
  • Drawings can be filled with colors, patterns, bitmaps, and numerous types of gradients
  • Free rotation of drawings in single-degree increments (both in 2D und 3D space)
  • Freehand drawing, edit single Bézier points of curves
  • "Sticky" connector lines between objects
  • Large symbols library for flowcharts and org charts
  • All drawings fully compatible with Microsoft Excel's AutoShapes
  • Fully Microsoft Excel-compatible charting module that turns data into persuasive charts
  • 70 different chart types (2D and 3D)
  • Charts can be imported and exported reliably from/to Microsoft Excel
  • Charts can be rotated in 3D space
  • Each element of a chart can be individually formatted with any kind of fill pattern, color, or gradient
  • The font and type style of each text element (axis labels, legend, title etc.) can be individually formatted
  • Create database ranges inside your worksheets
  • Data grouping (outliner)
  • Sort, filter by condition, AutoFilter
  • Database functions for sum, average, variance, etc
  • Spell-checking in 17 different languages:
  • English US, English UK, German, German (reformed), Swiss-German, Swiss-German (reformed), French, French (Canadian), Italian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
  • Automatic hyphenation for the following languages:
  • English (UK), English (USA), German (old), German (reformed), Swiss German (old), Swiss German (reformed), French, French (Canadian), Italian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin America), Portuguese (Brazil), Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Turkish, Greek, Polish, Czech, Slovakian, Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian
  • Free technical support (by phone, fax, mail, e-mail, and web-based discussion forums) ... and much more!

Definitely a very promising software.  You can download the beta copy of PlanMaker 2004 from SoftMaker.

PlanMaker 2004 will be available soon for US$49.95 or EUR49.95.

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