Spreadsheet solutions company Extentech and Alfresco Software, a provider of open source enterprise content management (ECM), have announced Sheetster + Alfresco, an integrated open source web spreadsheet solution.
Unlike other solutions, this open source approach provides complete flexibility and control over data, and also the rich content management “significantly” lowers start up and maintenance costs.
Million of Excel users are expected to make the shift from the desktop to online spreadsheet applications. Company officials said the open source solution can offer the most cost effective, flexible and secure choice for businesses worldwide.
“Integrating the Sheetster Web Spreadsheet into the Alfresco ECM drastically lowers development costs,” said John McMahon CEO at Extentech, in a release.
In addition to collaboration across the organization and publishing, and reuse of charts, the online editing of spreadsheet documents loaded directly from Alfresco ECM enables formula logic, and other spreadsheet assets. Also, officials said that it lowers errors due to file version problems caused by emailing spreadsheets.
Official said the open source web spreadsheet is a primary business tool offering a host of benefits to the business user, developer and IT manager. Using Sheetster, business users can edit, share and manage their spreadsheets all within Alfresco ECM, allowing for collaboration and delivery of real time data and charts.
Moreover, unlike other Web spreadsheet applications, Sheetster provides access to the source code. Officials said that this ensures that no third-party unwanted data is being run in the application at any time.
The Sheetster Web spreadsheet supports most of the common features of Excel, and also handles all Excel file versions, including Excel 2007. Plus, Sheetster PRO includes the ExtenXLS CellBinder automation API.
Officials said that integration is achieved through an intuitive REST API that allows for publishing of data-mapped spreadsheet cells as web services, which enables leveraging of spreadsheets as secure formula engines within Web2.0 and traditional client-server web applications.
Customers can download the free Sheetster Spreadsheet Server from the Extentech Website and integrate it with the Open Source Alfresco Community Edition or free 30-day Alfresco Enterprise trial software.