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Does anyone know if ESPlanner is compatable with Open Office. I tried to run reports but nothing was created and I did not receive any error message.

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fahu23atgmail.com wrote:Does anyone know if ESPlanner is compatable with Open Office. I tried to run reports but nothing was created and I did not receive any error message.

Not in this version. We'll support it in an upcoming release. For now, you need Excel 97 at a minimum.

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Is there any estimate as to when OpenOffice will be supported?

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rhbrody248 at yahoo.com wrote:Is there any estimate as to when OpenOffice will be supported?

It's next on the list. We have an update coming out very soon, it will be right after that. It's a very high priority

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So is OPen Office supported in the 5 June release?

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bmarty wrote:So is OPen Office supported in the 5 June release?
Sorry, no. It's our policy not to announce dates or time frames for releases, code always takes longer than one thinks it should. When the next major update becomes available we'll let you all know via email. The feature list for the next major release does include support for OpenOffice so stay tuned, it's coming.

Best,

Dick Munroe

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dick,

In the last post in this thread you said that Open Office would be supported in the next major release. Such a release came out 7/15 or thereabouts witout mentioning OO support. Did you not change the copy of the update and OO IS supported, or did the support not make it into that release?
Thanks,
Nick Branch

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Still working on it, as other priorities came up. Still high on the list. It will be in V3

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lwilliams wrote:Still working on it, as other priorities came up. Still high on the list. It will be in V3

It's (almost) one year since the last update on this topic. Any chance of Open Office compatibility in the near future? I'm holding off purchasing the Plus version until it works with OO.

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We found it very difficult to support Open Office and put it off. In the meantime, we eliminated our dependence on Excel by creating a PDF report option.

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lwilliams wrote:We found it very difficult to support Open Office and put it off. In the meantime, we eliminated our dependence on Excel by creating a PDF report option.

That's very good news. I just re-read the system requirements

http://www.esplanner.com/systemRequirements.php

and this time I noticed "optional" in front of the Excel bullet.

Perhaps you could add a sentence to system requirements page explaining what you lose (if anything) by running ESPlanner without Excel. I assume from what you say above that with Excel you can export to a spreadsheet, but without Excel you can only export to pdf.

Thanks for your reply!

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PDF v Excel in ESPlanner

Disadvantages
PDF output cannot be modified or exported (w/out special software)

Advantages
Contains a complete report which includes the inputs to the program for most areas.
Is platform independent and no cost
Shows the same data as the spreadsheet output in the same format, including the same charts
Is much faster than the Excel import
Optionally includes the survivor and Monte Carlo reports in the same file.

The PDF report writer removed the problematic Summary report in MS Word.

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lwilliams wrote:PDF v Excel in ESPlanner

Disadvantages
PDF output cannot be modified or exported (w/out special software)

Advantages
Contains a complete report which includes the inputs to the program for most areas.
Is platform independent and no cost
Shows the same data as the spreadsheet output in the same format, including the same charts
Is much faster than the Excel import
Optionally includes the survivor and Monte Carlo reports in the same file.

The PDF report writer removed the problematic Summary report in MS Word.

I have only looked at the examples available on the esplanner site, and I was wondering about the following (this still relates to excel vs. pdf)

I enter my inputs and assumptions for scenario 1 and get a set of reports (single file? multiple files?). Now I go back and change my inputs and assumptions for scenario 2 and get a second set of reports. I do this for additional scenarios.

Does Esplanner maintain its own database, so that I can return to a given scenario? E.g. each scenario would be like a "project" in other software packages.

If not, then if reports are excel spreadsheets, can I recreate an earlier scenario by importing data from one of my spreadsheets? If so, this would be a definite advantage of excel over pdf. I noticed that you mentioned "Excel import" in your last reply, which made me wonder about this.

I searched the forums for keywords "scenario" "scenarios" "database" and "project" and I did not get any matching results. This would seem to be an essential feature for someone planning their future and trying different "what if" scenarios.

I wouldn't be asking these questions if there were an Esplanner manual online. If there is one, I couldn't find it.

Thanks!

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The ESPlanner manual is somewhat "hidden". You can find it under Help>Table of Contents.

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pollyanna54 at msn.com wrote:The ESPlanner manual is somewhat "hidden". You can find it under Help>Table of Contents.

I should have mentioned again that I have not yet registered and purchased the product. I guess that's why I don't see the manual. I did manage to find the tutorial (63 pages) which I have just begun reading. I'm sure it will answer my question. Thanks for your help!

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To answer your question about scenarios, a user first enters data into a basic "profile". This takes a bit of time, perhaps 30 minutes to an hour. Once that is done, you can then save this profile multiple times (with logical names that have meaning to you). You then change the data in the new profiles to match a new scenarion. Each profile is stored in the database.

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pollyanna54 at msn.com wrote:To answer your question about scenarios, a user first enters data into a basic "profile". This takes a bit of time, perhaps 30 minutes to an hour. Once that is done, you can then save this profile multiple times (with logical names that have meaning to you). You then change the data in the new profiles to match a new scenarion. Each profile is stored in the database.

Thank you for your answer. I knew there had to be a way to do it! I'm reading the tutorial now.