[maemo-developers] [Fwd: Re: Excel on Nokia N800]

From: Acadia Secure Networks acadiasecurenets at aol.com
Date: Fri Apr 13 19:57:13 EEST 2007

I did some further testing with one of my most complex Excel workbooks 
(a 5 year financial plan)  with tons of cross links, computations, error 
checks, etc.  and, to my surprise, it rendered quite well, down to and 
including some detailed (computed) bar graphs on some of the worksheets. 
And by the way the the ribbon to show the  worksheet tabs is not visible 
by default. You have to enable it by going to the application drop down 
menu, selecting, "View" and then selecting "View Sheet Selector" .

Of course given the small screen size of the N800, and despite the 
outstanding screen resolution, reading spreadsheet details or graph 
details can be hard to read at normal resolution.  There is a zoom 
feature, however, the app does not appear to be designed to support the 
use of the stylus to grab the screen contents and navigate around the 
spreadsheet using that method. Also with a very complex spreadsheet, not 
surprisingly, the N800 responds more slowly.

Now...if I can find a Word .doc and Powerpoint file reader as good as 
Gnumeric and this port to Maemo!

Best Regards,


John Holmblad


Acadia Secure Networks


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Re: Excel on Nokia N800
Date: 	Fri, 13 Apr 2007 11:13:06 -0400
From: 	John B. Holmblad <jholmblad at aol.com>
Reply-To: 	jholmblad at aol.com
Organization: 	Televerage International
To: 	magda chelly
References: 	<545192.35958.qm at web26001.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>


I was able to get gnumeric installed and working on my N800 and I was 
able to open a .~.5mb Excel Spreadsheet that was created with Microsoft 
Excel 2003.  From my quick review it appears that formating is preserved 
including features such a frozen panes, colors, etc. I will do some more 
testing with more complex Excel spreadsheets (e.g. multi-tab, 
links,defined cells, etc. to see what works and what does not.

If you have files that have been created using the new file format 
(.xlsx) available in the Office 2007 version of Excel then they will 
need to be saved as .xls (Excel 97-2003 format) files. To confirm this, 
I tried opening an .xlsx file with gnumeric but it did not open.

Interestingly, when I use gnumeric on the N800 by means of a VNC 
session, and, using the mouse on my computer,  if I right click on a 
cell, Gnumeric brings up a menu of options as, I assume Gnumeric is 
designed to do (and, of course, as Excel is designed to do). This has 
led me to wonder if there is a way to get the N800 stylus to do the same 
thing by, e.g. varying the pressure or fast double clicking using the 
stylus. Unfortunately I could not get the menu to come up.

This in turn led me to wonder that  if I used my right hand instead of 
my left hand with the stylus on the N800 itself to select the cell that 
the N800 would be smart enough to recognize that I was using my right 
hand and perform the "right click" action designed into the software. 
That didn't work either!

Best Regards,

John Holmblad

Televerage International

magda chelly wrote:
> Hello,
> Please could someone tell me what should I download to
> read excel and word files on my N800, and the give me
> the appropriate link.
> Thanks,
> Best regards,
> Magda,
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