Bye Design Ltd SpreadCE 2.02
John Ottini | Handheld PC Reviews
Stephen Bye of Bye Design LTD has been fine tuning his SpreadCE (Handheld PC version) and Spread32 (desktop PC version) spreadsheet software since 1999 and in all honesty the product keeps getting better and better with each release.
I’m not sure that the maximum size of a spreadsheet is of great importance to the average HPC user, but if it is, then rest assured that SpreadCE can handle a 256 column by 65,636 row spreadsheet, with the option of creating up to 32,768 sheets. Sheets may consist of worksheets, chart sheets or macro sheets. Unlike Pocket Excel, SpreadCE allows you to open and close multiple spreadsheets, in fact, the number of spreadsheets you can have open is, unlimited.
File and Editing Tools
File functions include; creating new, opening existing, closing and printing any spreadsheet. Edit functions include 16 levels of undo, cut/copy/paste, special paste, fill (up, down, left right, series), clear (all, formats, contents or comments), delete (rows, columns or entire sheets), sort, find and replace text or got to a different cell.
Insert & Formatting Tools
You can insert; rows, columns, worksheets, charts, macros, function, comments, Controls (label, group box, command button, check box, option button, list box, combo box, scroll box, scroll bar and spin control), drawing and even hyperlinks.
SpreadCE allows you to create 8 different types of charts/graphs from spreadsheet data. These include, column, bar, line, pie, scatter, area, doughnut and radar. Once you’ve created the Chart, there are all sorts of formatting options that allow you modify the chart title, axes information, Legend layout etc, so that the graph looks just the way you want it to. There is still room for improvement in this area, but Bye Design LTD is always adding new functionality with each software update.
You can import or export Excel 95/97 files, Pocket Excel 2.0 files and CSV files. Toolbars, scrollbars, sheet tabs, formula bar, status bar, gridlines and headings can be displayed or hidden. Drawing tools include: line, rectangle, oval or text boxes.
I’ve been a registered user of this software for several years and I have to admit that Stephen Bye, provides the best customer service for the HPC, bar none! He promptly responds to all emails and he is always open to suggestions on how to improve his product. He recently opened a user forum, at http://spreadce.freeforums.org/ which he monitors on a regular basis and is always ready to answer any and all questions you may have about his software.
Where can I get a Copy?
You can download a free trial version from the Bye Design website where he has a version for every HPC, OS and language imaginable. If you don’t see a version you want, just drop him an email and he will make every effort to help you get what you need. This software is offered as shareware, but a mere $20.00 USD
Windows CE 2.00 or higher
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