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LinuxPlanet: The Start X Files: Between the Sheets with HancomSheet

Jan 10, 2002, 17:19 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

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"While HancomSheet was very quick in the KDE environment (nearly as fast as Gnumeric in GNOME), speed is not enough to save this application from the status of mediocre at best.

One glaring problem was the way HancomSheet has you enter functions. In other apps, some sort of drop-down list in the toolbar is typically used to insert a function into a cell. Then, you can usually click on individual cells or a range of cells to enter the values into the function. In HancomSheet, you have no such luxury. Instead, you have to lurch through a Function Wizard to accomplish this.

You can type functions in manually and then use the mouse to click on cells for value entry, but you have to make sure you have your cursor in between the parentheses of the function in the input line and be pressing Ctrl while you click on the cells. The whole thing felt cumbersome, as did entering data across a row. Instead of hitting the Tab key to move across a row after entering data in a cell, you have to use the mouse to click the adjacent cell. This was a huge time-waster, especially when I was entering text values and both my hands were on the keyboard.

HancomSheet is a study in a lot of flash but not a lot of substance. I found that many of the heavy-hitter tools, such as data analysis, charts, and a killer pivot table-like tool called ezTable did very well in terms of ease of use and speed. The charts were especially robust and easy to configure."

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