Publish to Cloud

This is the online help page for the Publish to Cloud feature that uploads your web form or calculator on the web in just a few seconds.  

When you have converted a spreadsheet you want to publish it on the web. For this, we provide an easy-to-use web hosting service. 

Convert the spreadsheet

Before you can upload the spreadsheet, you must convert it. It is not possible to upload any other spreadsheet than the current, and you must convert it immediately before uploading even if it has been previously converted.

The Publish to Cloud window

After you have converted the spreadsheet, press the Publish to Cloud button in the SpreadsheetConverter ribbon menu.

Screenshot of the Publish Choice in the SpreadsheetConverter ribbon

Replace the Test or Production version

For every spreadsheet you create, there are two upload locations: Test and Production.

You can make changes to a spreadsheet and invite other people to test it in the Test location. The Test version is automatically deleted after 7 days. If you don’t have a paid license for SpreadsheetConverter, you can only use Test links.

Screenshot of the Publish to Cloud window

When testing is complete and you want to activate the new version as the live Production version, simply select to replace the Production version instead. The basic ability to create production links is included in all paid licenses.

Production links are always the same, every time you upload the same spreadsheet, and never expire. If you wish to create an additional permanent link, e.g. for a different flavor, you need to rename the spreadsheet or a copy of it before you convert and upload the spreadsheet with the new name.

Usage fees and limitations

There is currently no limit to the number of calculators and forms you may upload, or their combined size. As the use of this feature grows, we may introduce usage fees and/or limits.

During the upload

While the calculator is being uploaded, a message appears in the Publish to Cloud window.

Getting the link to the uploaded calculator

After you have published the calculator to the cloud, you must save the links you get to it. We provide four different types of links:

  • Full link: This is a standard web link that contains the exact server, folder and file information required for a web browser to open the calculator you just uploaded. A drawback with the full link is that it can be over a hundred characters long, which means it may not fit on a single line in an e-mail or on a web page. That is why we also offer the
  • Short link: This is a typical “shortened” link in the form https://tinyurl.com/yb6g3jfp. This link is much easier to use in e-mails and on web pages because it never breaks like long links sometimes do.
  • QR code: If you want to publish your link in a format that is easy to use with a tablet or cell phone, you can of course use the short link above – it takes much less time to type. But why type at all? It’s even easier to click on the QR code symbol. This creates a QR code image that contains the link, then copies this image to the clipboard. All you have to do is to paste it into an e-mail or web page. Users with mobile devices simply scan the code with their camera to open the calculator.
  • Iframe: If you want to embed your calculator in a web page, it’s very easy to do so with an iframe. The iframe works very much like adding an image to your page, but instead of showing a static image it displays the live calculator you just uploaded. Just click on the iframe symbol to have the full HTML source code for the iframe copied to the clipboard. Then move to WordPress or whatever content management system you are using, switch to HTML edit mode and paste the HTML for the iframe into the page where you want it.  Use the width and height parameters in the iframe source to adjust the size of the iframe. Below, there are links to more specific instructions for some of the most common content management systems.

If you need other link formats later, just convert and upload the calculator again.

Screenshot of the Publish window after upload

Expect a small delay when you replace a previous version

Your calculator is hosted on the distributed Amazon S3 infrastructure with superior performance, extreme reliability and massive scalability. Over a dozen server locations around the globe ensure that your calculator always is within easy reach of your global audience. When you update an existing calculator, some advanced performance optimization techniques may retain the old version for up to 15 minutes.