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jeremy 11-15-2003 12:27 PM

Spreadsheet of the Year
What's Excel?

Skyline 11-15-2003 02:17 PM

Open Office Calc - again - feature packed

tallship 11-15-2003 09:45 PM

Sorry, I can't vote on this one yet. The spreadsheet program I use isn't listed here.

Can you say SuperCalc? I knew you could ;) So, if you can say that you can also say 'sc' - no, it's not SuperCalc ;) It's "Spreadsheet Calculator". Try it! you'll like it. especially if you don't do much GUI, spending most of your time at a shell prompt like I do - sc works everywhere, and it's small, fast, and doesn't scarf up bandwidth via X so it's always there waiting for you when you ssh into your box :)

still unconvinced? do a 'man sc' and you'll be hooked. If you really need a GUI umiteaswell do mACROsFOT.

If you can put sc up there on the poll I guarantee it will have at least one vote ;)

buttersoft 11-16-2003 03:18 AM

When I was converting my files from Windows spreadsheets I found gnumeric handled things faster, so I stuck to using that......

welinder 11-16-2003 08:27 PM

To be blunt:

If you want your calculations to come out with the right answer (and not ten orders
of magnitude off with the wrong sign) then you basically have to rule out Star/Open
Calc and Kspread (and Excel, had it been there). I don't know about Abs. Gnumeric
is probably the only one of the contenders that has received serious attention with
respect to precision.

This affects linear regression (LINEST, ...), lots of statistical functions (AVERAGE,
VAR, ...), and even surprisingly simple functions like PRODUCT and GEOMEAN.

fred_parr 11-17-2003 05:18 AM

Well, I have several big .xls files with a lot of cells and cross-references.
Only gnumeric can open them.
OOcalc use 100% CPU during 15 minutes and I finally close it.
In terms of speed and algorithms efficiency, gnumeric beat all Linux spreadsheet hands over !

Gnumeric has also a set of importer/exproter that make it unique. Almost all features supported in gnumeric are supported in the importers/exporters.

The graphing engine is also based on very strong basis. Unlike OOcalc and XL, the hierarchical structure of a graph is very transparent. In OO or XL, you never where to click to select one or another graph object. It also has png and svg support, very useful to insert the graphs in another application.

buttersoft 11-17-2003 05:37 AM


Exactly my experience. OOcalc using 100% CPU and me getting impatient for it to open a spreadsheet that excel would do in 1/3 time. gnumeric was the only one to open them in a reasonable time frame.

Even so, I now have the data into MySQL and write queries - for my data that is perfect.

Star Office is not so bad at opening those spreadsheets, but I am using Star Office less now.

reinouts 11-17-2003 05:28 PM

Look <a href="">here</a> to see what Gnumeric has in store. It's so much more capable than scalc!

darthtux 11-17-2003 08:38 PM

I love Writer for word processing but for spreadsheets I have to vote for Gnumeric.

cuerty 11-17-2003 11:35 PM

gnumeric, depressing numbers but a great program ;-)

mrhyde 11-18-2003 08:40 AM

Star Office/Open office are the same! Both excellent.

buttersoft 11-18-2003 08:52 AM

They may be from the same stable, but they ain't the same. There are differences and additions. Star Office loads files quicker in my experience.

mrhyde 11-18-2003 12:54 PM

I have found Star Office quite a chore to configure. For example, on a multi user Solaris 9 server, after the initial install, all the user accounts have the shortcuts for Star office on their CDE desktop panel, but when the users attempted to edit documents the application crashed (on all 50 accounts) leaving a core file and several *.tmp files, users home directories started filling up, no one could edit their files, my phone was hopping mad! I migrated the system to Open Office 1.1 without any problems , each user account was very easy to configure no more complaints , thank god!!

h1tman 11-19-2003 09:42 PM

definately Gnumeric

Stanley56 12-29-2003 03:35 PM is great

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