I’m a huge fan of Edward Tufte’s Sparklines, although I have to confess I haven’t used them as much as I should in this blog. Here’s a couple to illustrate what they’re all about: Wifi and media coverage. But the problem has been a shortage of tools to automate this. Here’s another, from Andreas Flockermann, founder of BonaVista Systems – Sparklines, Dashboards, Charting for Excel and Microsoft Business Intelligence who has created something called MicroCharts (cool name) — “charts reduced to the max” (cool tag.) I’m going to try it out.
For sparkline enthusiasts: The guys at Bissantz tell me their SparkTicker is now available for download, creating sparklines for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, HTML and information tickers: SparkTicker exports your data to both your personal ticker on your screen and/or a marquee you can post on a website, see the top of this page for examples. Download area SparkTicker Excel Add-in requires Microsoft Office 2000, XP or 2003 and the .NET Framework. You are free to evaluate SparkTicker in a non-productive environment. Please note that SparkTicker is still in beta phase. Download and install is at your own risk. What’s perhaps most interesting about all this
This from the guys at Information Security Magazine, a warning about some new, and serious vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. The most critical vulnerability is titled ?Flaw in Visual Basic for Applications Could Allow Arbitrary Code Execution? (MS 03037). Microsoft provided few details about the actual vulnerability, but says the flaw is dangerous and users of affected software should apply patches immediately. This is not just for techheads and sysops: Affected software includes Access (97/2000/2002), Excel (97/2000/2002), PowerPoint (97/2000/2002), Project (2000/2002), Publisher 2002, Visio (2000/2002), Word (97/98(J)/2000/2002), Works Suite (2001/2002/2003) and several versions of Microsoft Business solutions. There are other vulnerabilities too: ?Flaw in Word
Further to my review of the excellent Dana keyboard, its makers AlphaSmart, Inc. have announced they plan to offer a wide-screen version of DataViz’s Documents To Go Professional as a bundled software option for new versions of Dana. Documents To Go enables Palm users to work with Microsoft Office documents, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. I found the Dana an excellent alternative for writing in certain conditions when you just want to get away from your desk, your office, your family, your town. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but with tools like Documents To Go, the lines between laptop and Dana
Loose Wire — Office Challenge: Corel Software’s latest version of WordPerfect Office has some great features, including a dictionary to die for and fumble-free format switching; Is it time to ditch Microsoft? By Jeremy Wagstaff, from the 8 May 2003 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review (c) 2003, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. It requires a brave soul to take on Microsoft on its home turf. Even more so when one of the main selling points is a blue screen that nostalgically reminds users of their youth. Enter WordPerfect Office 11, the latest version of Corel Software’s suite of applications that