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LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Between the Sheets With NExS

Jan 26, 2002, 03:56 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
"Interoperability is okay, though nothing very exciting. You can import delimited text files and directly open Lotus 1-2-3 and Excel spreadsheet files. You can also save to these binary formats and export to text, HTML, and LaTeX formats. Running my standard cross-format tests, I found that formulas and values came across fine, but no formatting at all was present--everything just reverted to the standard format for NExS.

Clearly, NExS is not something you would throw out to the general user population at your organization. For the average user, NExS is cumbersome and not easy to use at all.

Is NExS really the right application for the average user? Absolutely not. If it was trying to market to this audience, I would be pulling out all sorts of epithets to hurl at it and its makers at GreyTrout. But that is clearly not what NeXS is to be used for. It is aimed straight at the programmers who want a stable spreadsheet platform in Linux through which they can channel data in neatly packaged ways."

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