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Stop Using Proprietary Document Formats!

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 10:40 AM

You may have noticed that there are no docx or xlsx document formats supported in our applications. This is because in order to support any MS Office document format, we require a very expensive license {...in the million$...} from Microsoft for each format.


The reason for this is that they are all proprietary patented formats. So you may ask us this then; "...but what about the other open source, free, and retail office suites that claim to be 100% compatible?...". Well, their document formats are all cracked or reverse engineered versions of the original format and are NOT 100% compatible with the original MS Office document formats. None of them are, except Google Docs, as far as I know.


OpenOffice and LibreOffice's own document formats are also not even compatible with other open source document formats of the same type. This is because the open source community never set a fixed technical specification's guide for their own document formats. So their formats odf / odt are also not 100% compatible with software supporting these formats.


 

 Important Update!  >>   Using HTML5 as a document format for absolute compatibility 

 

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All Microsoft Excel documents created in SpreadForm One and Accel, are fully compatible with any spreadsheet application that can open and read the Microsoft Excel file format.


Our own presentation document format "SSP" can be opened by any current web browser. Just select the "Open..." option on the main menu and select the "*.*" document format and open your presentation file. This makes our presentation document format the most compatible with all systems and computers.



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