Tag - Tables
There is one thing we haven't mentioned in this entire project: we're here to make a Job Book database that records our commissions, but it is only useful if we can actually use it. All the planning we did, and then all of yesterday's detail work about fields and records -- what we want to note about the work we do -- is for nothing if we don't use the database. Full disclosure: sometimes we haven't. So, in this chapter, we're making the database not just usable, but pleasant to use, reducing the excuses to not use it.
Daniel Schwill on Wednesday released the latest version of his data spreadsheet application for the Mac, Tables 1.5. New features include a new cell format for currency, an additional region setting for the cell format, optimized layout for pie charts, and a LinkBack support as a client application. The update also includes changes to the OpenDocument format, that lead to improved import of documents, and the integration of a new exporter. Lastly, the update had made it possible for the default style for new documents to be changed, and has added support for multitouch-trackpad gesture swipe to switch the sheet.
Satirical software and news company The Daily Grind today unveiled DeIMG, a re-branding of its software That's Not A Picture, which is designed to turn images into table data, for, as the author puts it, "browsers which support tables but not images". The largely pointless and futile app converts PNG, JPG. GIF, and PDF files into HTML, XHTML, or XHTML+CSS. Usage of the application is largely in question, as the developer proudly displays users' qualms and frustration on the product's webpage.
Independent coder Daniel Schwill has released v1.4 of his Tables data spreadsheet program. A variety of important changes have been made: among these are new cell options, allowing merged and protected cells. Imports have also been enhanced, and now include improved ODF support, as well as the first importer for AppleWorks documents. Sheets can be protected and/or dynamically sized, while formulas can be given colored references. Universal Access support has been expanded to incorporate the likes of VoiceOver. Tables requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and costs approximately $60, but can be used for free in a 30-day trial.