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RE: Structural Engineering Spreadsheets - new Excel Version with XLSX!

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There are two ways you can deal with the new file format. You can force Excel 2007 to save to files to the old file format, or you can download the Microsoft Compatibility Pack at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941B3470-3AE9-4AEE-8F43-C6BB74CD1466&displaylang=en . It allows Excel 2003 and XP to work with the new file format.
 

Wesley C. Werner


 


From: Neil Moore [mailto:nma(--nospam--at)omsoft.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 11:07 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: Structural Engineering Spreadsheets - new Excel Version with XLSX!

Yes, you are correct, Tom.

But problem is that many don't have Excel 2007 and the previous versions won't open up the new version.   We do all our calculations on the screen and with various offices work back and forth - not all with Excel 2007.


Reminds me of the time I took VB at the local college.   The college's version that the teacher was using was V4.   The program being sold at the bookstore was V5 and the two weren't compatible and became a homework nightmare.

Neil


At 07:35 AM 11/6/2007, you wrote:
Old versions of XLS worksheets indeed work in Excel 2007.  Until our office completely changes over to Excel 2007, we are still saving workbooks in XLS format.  From what I understand, the XLSX format is a “zipped” version of XLS, so the file size is much more reasonable.
 
I’ve been on either Beta or Excel 2007 for over a year now.  Generally I like it, but have found some weird quirks (or shall I call them features) with the new version.  And, have found some number crunching programs (typically two dimension matrices) written with the old visual basic to run significantly slower in the new version.  IN some cases, Excel 2000 will crunch the numbers is less than 1 minute, Excel 2007 in +1 hr…
 
Tom
 
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From: Neil Moore [ mailto:nma(--nospam--at)omsoft.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 07:19
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org; seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Structural Engineering Spreadsheets - new Excel Version with XLSX!
 
Speaking of Excel spreadsheets:

Are many of you having problems with running XLS and XLSX files?

Apparently the older versions will not open this new version (Excel 2007).



Neil Moore, SE, SECB
neil moore and associates
consulting structural engineers
shingle springs, california



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