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February 21, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Innovative Software Inc, Lenexa, Kansas, has announced Wingz for the Apple Macintosh, claiming it to be the first WYSIWYG integrated spreadsheet. According to the company, Wingz supports the full range of Macintosh features and capabilities. Wingz, coupled with the Mac user environment, provides business and professional users the power and flexibility to accomplish virtually any task with greater impact and efficiency. Wingz will run under either the Macintosh Operating System or under the emerging A/UX implementation of Unix System V, and has been designed to take full advantage of Apple MultiFinder and the A/UX multi-user and multitasking capabilities. Wingz offers an array of spreadsheet features that Innovative claims are among the most advanced of any for Macintosh business productivity software. They include a 32,768 row by 32,768 column matrix; over 180 functions including business, scientific, financial and general purpose; user definable functions; sparse matrix memory management; minimal, natural or background recalculations; and relational spreadsheets. Desktop publishing capabilities include dynamic links to spreadsheets; up to 256 stylesheets allowing users to define formatting, justification, fonts and colour, from a palette of 16m colours; graphics toolbox; import of scanned images, paint and draw files. Graphs can be created in a single step by clicking on the graph tool and marking the area for the graph to occupy. An automatic layout mode places titles, legends and plot areas within the designated graph area, or layout can be placed manually. On output, one command can print an entire sheet, including any combination of numbers, charts, words and images, on a single page. A text editor allows text entries to be entered, sized and placed anywhere on the worksheet. The editor includes support for multiple fonts, paragraphs with separate margins and indents, tab stops, and formulae referring to worksheet cells. No information on price or availability for the spreadsheet was given.

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