websites for people who use excel

23 Sep 2008 - 8:36am
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sherihy
2008

I am working on an Intranet/product catalog application and many users begin
with an Excel spreadsheet and need to get this data into the online
interface. Has anyone worked on or know of websites which allow copying and
pasting of Excel data, hopefully "both ways" (eg, paste data into the web
interface, or paste data from the web interface into Excel)? My client
actually does have a functioning tool that does this, and almost no one uses
it, I suspect because the users are intimidated by the completely blank
screen that they start with. Any websites or screen shots I could check out?

Thank you,
Sheri

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23 Sep 2008 - 8:56am
Steven Webster
2008

<snip>
Has anyone worked on or know of websites which allow copying and
pasting of Excel data, hopefully "both ways" (eg, paste data into the web
interface, or paste data from the web interface into Excel
</snip>

You might consider Adobe AIR as a runtime for web-applications, to support this kind of integration with desktop tools in a seamless and intuitive manner. Disclosure -- I work for Adobe Consulting.

Steven

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Adobe Consulting

23 Sep 2008 - 10:19am
Mohammed Mansoor
2005

Hi Sheri,

There are plenty of spreadsheet like applications online these days like
Google Spread-sheets
but I'm assuming you would like to do more with data once online.

One very popular and usable tool for non-programmers and programmers alike
would be Zoho Creator <http://creator.zoho.com/> http://creator.zoho.com/ .
It is more for he non-programmers
Once you paste an import your excel you can display that information on any
other websites or
it lts you create a form to collect more data which again can be used on
other websites by using widgets Zoho provides.

Hope that helps!

On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 7:06 PM, Sheri Hyman <sherihy at verizon.net> wrote:

> I am working on an Intranet/product catalog application and many users
> begin
> with an Excel spreadsheet and need to get this data into the online
> interface. Has anyone worked on or know of websites which allow copying and
> pasting of Excel data, hopefully "both ways" (eg, paste data into the web
> interface, or paste data from the web interface into Excel)? My client
> actually does have a functioning tool that does this, and almost no one
> uses
> it, I suspect because the users are intimidated by the completely blank
> screen that they start with. Any websites or screen shots I could check
> out?
>
>
> Thank you,
> Sheri
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23 Sep 2008 - 5:53pm
Alexander Baxevanis
2007

Hi Sheri,

If the data is already in Excel, and assuming they're not too
complicated, you can ask your users to export them in CSV format (see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma-separated_values) and upload the
result to the website.

Google uses this method in their "GMail for your domain" product, in
order to allow admins to upload a spreadsheet with a list of user
accounts that need to be created in one go.

Several web apps also export data in CSV, which can be readily
imported into Excel (again, if your data format is simple enough).

I think you can easily paste an online table into Excel, but I haven't
seen any online table editor on which you can paste something from
Excel.

Hope this helps!

Cheers,
Alex
A

On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 2:36 PM, Sheri Hyman <sherihy at verizon.net> wrote:
> I am working on an Intranet/product catalog application and many users begin
> with an Excel spreadsheet and need to get this data into the online
> interface. Has anyone worked on or know of websites which allow copying and
> pasting of Excel data, hopefully "both ways" (eg, paste data into the web
> interface, or paste data from the web interface into Excel)? My client
> actually does have a functioning tool that does this, and almost no one uses
> it, I suspect because the users are intimidated by the completely blank
> screen that they start with. Any websites or screen shots I could check out?
>
>
> Thank you,
> Sheri
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
>

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