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Integrating Calc Into Your Business

Calc Adds Up

  • February 5, 2004
  • By Rob Reilly

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.

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