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December 1, 2009

Extentech releases open source Java web spreadsheet and server

Allows users to create and manage categorised content with attachments such as PDFs, videos and images

By CBR Staff Writer

Extentech has released a new version of open source Java web spreadsheet and server Sheetster 1.1, which it claims to offer much of the functionality found in Excel along with Web 2.0 features, such as document management, collaboration, sharing and chat. It can run online or offline and is open source, enabling developers to extend or embed it within their web applications.

The company said that the new release includes a content management system that allows users to create and manage categorised content with attachments such as PDFs, videos and images. It also has security and sharing that allows users to create groups, share, chat and access documents with their fellow coworkers, clients or friends.

According to Extentech, the new release includes features such as conditional formatting (beta), cell validations (allowing for control of cell data entry), export spreadsheets to PDF (beta), enhanced charts and chart legends, and support for upload/import of CSV files.

Extentech said that the web spreadsheet is integrated with Sheetster live data mapping, and the ExtenXLS 7.4 Java Spreadsheet SDK. The combination provides Web 2.0 spreadsheet toolkit for developers looking to integrate spreadsheet functionality, publish spreadsheet logic as web services, and present editable live data grids in their web applications.

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John McMahon, CEO of Extentech, said: We offer Sheetster as a competitive advantage for developers that want to embed spreadsheet technology within their applications. Whether you are an OEM software developer, a value-added reseller building a vertical application, or you want to use it as a hosted product, Sheetster provides many of the features of Excel but is open source and written in Java–allowing our customers to integrate, customise, use and sell Sheetster.”

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