If you split a spreadsheet into logical blocks, these can be automatically rearranged to fit screens of any size. Responsive design enables you to design calculators and forms that look great and work well on any kind of device.
October 16, 2015 — SpreadsheetConverter is an add-on to Microsoft Excel that lets you convert spreadsheets to live web pages. The new version 8.1 recently became available at SpreadsheetConverter.com.
More and more web users have small mobile devices with narrow screens. If someone visits your web page with a tablet or smartphone, a wide page layout will require a lot of horizontal scrolling. When you create calculating web pages from Excel spreadsheets, you must ensure that they can be easily viewed also on mobile devices. Otherwise, your calculator may become difficult to understand or use for some of your most important visitors.
“When you work with Excel, you tend to exploit the wide screen of your laptop or desktop computer. When such a wide spreadsheet is converted for the web, it becomes a wide web page that doesn’t look good on small screens”, says Anna Winter, sales manager for SpreadsheetConverter.
The new Responsive Block widget lets you split your spreadsheet into independent blocks. A simple graphical tool lets you define how the blocks are aligned on the web page for every screen size. This lets you provide an optimal user experience to all visitors from a single spreadsheet.
“Maintaining separate laptop, tablet and smartphone versions of a spreadsheet is time-consuming and complicated. With responsive blocks you can optimize the layout of your calculator for both smartphones and tablets without having to use two or more separate designs”, says Winter.
You specify how much of the screen width to use for each responsive block. If a block doesn’t fit to the right of the previous block, it appears at the beginning of the next row of blocks.
After you’ve split your spreadsheet into responsive blocks, you can preview the automatic layout for both smartphone and tablet, and adjust your settings if necessary. When you convert the spreadsheet to a web page, your calculator or form uses the responsive blocks to adapt itself to any visitor’s screen in a way that you control.
SpreadsheetConverter is available for free trial at spreadsheetconverter.com/buy/free-trial/. 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