By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2006-01-16 Print this article Print

When using the spreadsheet application, users ran into the same copy and paste issues they saw with ThinkFree Show. However, testers applauded the applications ability to convert Excel charts.

Joan Curfman, a business systems supervisor at FN Manufacturing who participated in the last eVal, said she didnt experience the same data-loss issues with OpenOffice.org 1.1.1 when launching Excel charts in ThinkFree Calc.

Some users ran into issues opening Excel files that were 8MB or larger. Michael Lyday, a project engineer at FN Manufacturing, relies on large Excel files that are often 50MB or larger to chart data points. Conversion issues made Lydays files impossible to open using both ThinkFree Calc and OpenOffice.org 2.0.

"It would be nice if the world would get on one format so that we wouldnt run into issues like formatting and compatibility," Benincasa said. "This is really where an open standard would come in handy."

Next Page: FN Manufacturings evaluation timeline.

As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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