Any Excel spreadsheet is ready to be published on the web. This handy tool converts Excel spreadsheets to live web pages and uploads them to Dropbox. Using a standard web browser, anybody can use the spreadsheet directly on the web without Excel.
August 4, 2012 — SpreadsheetConverter is an add-on to Microsoft Excel that lets you convert spreadsheets to live web pages. The new version 6.2 recently became available at SpreadsheetConverter.com.
When users try to publish spreadsheets on the web, a major hurdle can be to establish a web hosting relationship. Users that already have a web server may not be confident in how to upload spreadsheets converted to web pages to the server.
“Many people don’t know that Dropbox is a fine webserver on its own. All we did was build a connection where users can upload converted web pages to their Dropbox account with the push of a button”, says Anna Winter, sales manager for SpreadsheetConverter.
Using Dropbox as a web server means that anyone can build a live, calculating web page from an Excel prototype and publish it on the web. When the live calculator has been converted to a web page and uploaded to Dropbox, it has a standard web link that can be used to access the converted web page. Users can copy this link directly or in the shortened TinyURL form. There is even an automatically generated QR code that enables users with cell phones to scan the link using the phone’s camera and open the calculator or electronic form directly in their mobile device.
“QR codes are so handy. You can copy the code we generate for you into an e-mail, or publish it in any existing blog or website. Users with a laptop can click on the link, and mobile users can just point their camera at the QR code to open the calculator”, says Winter.
The conversion from Excel format brings across almost all Excel’s powerful functionality into the converted web page. Cell, row and column formatting is preserved, most of Excel’s 200+ functions are supported and even the charts are live and immediately update with any change to the data. When spreadsheets are used to design electronic forms, a Submit button automatically sends the submitted electronic form to any e-mail Inbox, or saves it in a hosted database for later processing.
SpreadsheetConverter is available for free trial at http://www.spreadsheetconverter.com/download/free-trial.htm. It creates web pages that are completely standalone, do not use Excel and run on all web servers. You only need Excel and the Spreadsheet Converter add-on for the actual conversion from spreadsheet to web page format. There is a one-time fee for the conversion program, with no extra fees per page, user or server. You may use the program and the web pages it creates for as long as you like. Full versions start at $127.
Media contact: Anna Winter, firstname.lastname@example.org