Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Journey - Just beginning!

Over the last 2 years, quite a few people commented on the impressive qualities of the SaveDBF Excel add-in and its reliability.

I did a quick summary of my ever-growing customer list and I was surprised at the variety of industries and geographical diversity of the people who are using my software. The SaveDBF Excel add-in is used on every continent and over 80 countries.

My esteemed customer list includes researchers studying glaciers in Antarctica, students and professors from literally all universities in Europe and North America, Fortune 500 companies with multi-billion dollars of revenue and many government agencies in the US. I have non-profit organizations such as the Nature Conservancy Group, small business owners in South America, organizations supporting mine-recovery efforts in Afghanistan, some of the largest utility and forestry companies in the world, l and the list goes on...

If you are interested in the software and would like to evaluate it for your company or if you have a project in mind, please email me. 100% satisfaction guaranteed!

I have yet to find an Excel problem that I could not solve. Challenge me...:-)

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Quick Note: 64-bit versus 32-bit Microsoft Excel 2010

The SaveDBF Excel add-in is a 32-bit add-in that will not run on a 64-bit version of Office under Windows 7.

There is no real advantage of installing the 64-bit version unless you are manipulating 2-GB+ files.

How can you tell if your version of Office 2010 will work with the add-in?
  • If you have an XLSTART directory under C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\ then you have the 32-bit version installed.
  • If you have an XLSTART directory under C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\ then you have the 64-bit version installed.
The merits of each system are described at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee681792.aspx

I will be rolling out a 64-bit edition of the add-in likely by the end of the year.

Monday, March 28, 2011

SaveDBF Excel addin - New Version is Now Available!

In addition to bug fixes, here are the highlights of the new added features:
  • Tested with the latest Excel 2010 on Windows XP/Vista and Win 7 (also with Excel 2007).
  • Replaced the Microsoft database driver with my own that creates native binary DBF files. MS is slowly phasing out the DBF capabilities in its driver and this step had to be made sooner or later. No relying on MS database features anymore!
  • Added the option to over-write the original DBF file (a backup is created).
  • Added the option to auto-fix column names in an Excel file (this is limited to removing leading and trailing spaces automatically and replacing illegal characters with an underscore).
  • Added the option to convert an Excel file to ALL TEXT fields based on the width of the columns. This is a great feature for labeling programs.
  • There are no longer any issues with dashes/spaces etc in the file name or worksheet tab name! Any names are allowed.
  • Excel files that contain error values are now converted and the error values are automatically replaced with a blank.
  • Hidden columns are identified.
  • Even more improved error handling and many more!
Many tireless weekends of development and testing went into this version so I hope you will like it!
Thank you for your patience!