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Xess is a programmable spreadsheet technology for X-Windows that provides a full complement of spreadsheet functions, graphs and other intuitive features. It includes a flexible, platform-independent API toolkit allowing customization and extension of the spreadsheet environment. XESS incorporates unique client/server functionality enabling distributed and shared spreadsheet models - In a real time environment the primary XESS spreadsheet can be receiving and analyzing information while serving views or subsets of information to other machines running XESS on the network. XESS Standard Edition includes:

  • Full range of spreadsheet functions for financial, statistical, and scientific analysis
  • 3-D workbooks with up to 1024 columns, 99,999 rows, 512 sheets
  • Live graphs and charts with a single mouse click
  • Compatible with Excel 97, Excel 2000, and Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheets includingdynamic inter-workbook links
  • Extensive searchable on-line help
  • Nearly 700 pages of printed manuals

XessLite, for Linux only, is a rich subset of Xess designed specifically to meet the needs of end-user personal computing. XessLite, while lacking the API developers toolkit, still offers the individual spreadsheet user a powerful personal productivity tool. Both Xess and XessLite work well for those companies who might have a large investment in Lotus and Excel - Xess and XessLite support both WK and XLS file formats.

Current Version:   5.0

License Type:   Commercial (Xess), Shareware (XessLite)

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Source Code Availability:   No

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package:   No
  • RedHat RPM Package:   No
  • Other Packages:   ??

Targeted Platforms:

Unix, Linux, OpenVMS, and Windows NT

Software/Hardware Requirements:


Other Links: (Xess Linux demo) (XessLite shareware)

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User Comments:

  • "ABB chose Xess because of its advanced client/server technology and powerful application programming interface which allows ABB to integrate customized spreadsheet functionality and application-specific extensions into ABB's existing client/server applications"
  • "The ability of Xess to incorporate real-time data through its protocol independent data exchange separated it from the rest of the X Windows based spreadsheet applications and along with Xess's affordability was a major reason NASA/Johnson Space Center selected Xess after an open competive procurement."
  • "Xess gives Unigraphics users functionality that cannot be matched by other CAD/CAM/CAE systems"
  • "With the flexibility of the Xess spreadsheet, its integration with Unigraphics and the ability to customize it with an extensive API Library, we have created automation tools for use in design and manufacturing. These tools significantly improve Pratt & Whitney's productivity, lead-time and cost"

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