Visual Components's Formula One for Java 5.5, a Java-based spreadsheet application that can function as an applet or a server-side JavaBean component, was no match for full-featured spreadsheets in PC Week Labs' tests. Still, the $99 (#59) update, which shipped last month, will be useful for developers who want to distribute data to Mac OS, Windows and Unix users and to remote users. Formula One for Java can open Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet files and provides more than 150 worksheet functions. Webmasters can implement Formula One for Java in Web pages, providing users with interactive spreadsheets.
However, the software lacks some critical features, including an undo command and charting capabilities.
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