"Businesses everywhere need to use spreadsheets, at some point
or another. Depending on the business and industry, spreadsheets
can be anything from very simple lists used for sorting to
kazillion cell monsters that add, multiply, and figure up
gravitational forces throughout the entire universe. And we all
want pretty charts so we can estimate budgets and show off our
stellar company performance.
"As Linux moves into small and medium sized companies, desktop
spreadsheet jockeys often want to know how they will get their
spreadsheets from their old proprietary platform (such as MS Excel)
into a new application. They also wonder what capabilities are
available in the new spreadsheet program. In this article, I'll
show you both: importing an Excel spreadsheet into OpenOffice.org
Calc is as easy as simply opening the file. I'll show some of the
capabilities in a few minutes.
"Calc is built into the OpenOffice.org productivity suite and is
the premier Linux spreadsheet program. It has everything needed in
a full featured spreadsheet application. With it, you can make
lists, calculate groups of numbers and sort things. What makes it
even more useful, from a small business perspective is that it is
Open Source and freely available on the web..."