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>It takes a full 
>sheet or more to do a single beam calc, and a readily available sheet for 
>wind loads prints out on 7 or 8 pages.
There's another thing you can do with Excel, and that's merge the 
calculation results into Word documents which mimic manual calculations. 
I do this with ASME Code calculation very conveniently. The merge 
documents themselves go into reports which show the numbers for people 
who need help doing the arithmetic and they're a lot more compact and 
easier to distribute. I'm doing some bracket design calculations right 
now the same way, and I find with a little care I can re-use the sheets 
with very little editing. 

The real decision to make is whether the actual math manipulation is more 
work in your particular case than communication and presentation of 
results. If your math is elegant involving things like iterations and 
matrix manipulation, you'f probably do better with math oriented software 
like MathCAD. If your math is simple but the reults need to have some 
polish Excel calculations with results merged into a Word document is a 
pretty good choice.

Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

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