Spread is designed to connect to all major data sources. Focus on designing your application instead of binding data. Spread imports and exports Excel files with features fully intact. Common scenarios are saving data in Excel to databases, creating ad-hoc what-if analysis on bound data, and using Excel to design templates. Spread follows spreadsheet workflow and interactions principles, so it is easy to create dashboards, data views, and input forms of any type. Spread offers offer very flexible layout and allows you to mix bound and unbound modes, perform calculations, apply condtional formatting, add charts, and format tables.
Customize Spread to behave exactly the way you want by using the extensive API. Spread includes template designer applications that look and behave much like Excel. They can also import Excel files, so you can start with templates you already have or allow non-technical subject matter experts help you design views and forms.
The Original COM Spreadsheet Control
For Visual Studio 6 Developers
Template designer included
Source code available
Show data in a simple grid, a single spreadsheet, or in a multiple sheet workbook. However, you choose to show data, you get a formula library, grouping, sorting, and filtering.
Whether you are working in bound, unbound, or mixed mode, users will enjoy an easy click-to-edit spreadsheet authoring workflow.
Style and Formatting
Apply font, alignment, borders, and shading to cells, rows, columns, and sheets. Apply data type formatting, such as currency, to cells. Cell Merging is also supported.
Calculation Engine with Built-in Formulas
Spread includes a very comprehensive calculation engine to provide formula support, including providing over 100 of the most commonly used functions. In addition, you can easily add your own custom formulas to Spread. You can also use named expressions or relative cell addressing to reference the formulas.
Spread gives you control over printing with options such as page ranges, data ranges, headers and footers, margins, orientation, grid lines, and colors.
Print Preview control
The included print preview control makes it easy to preview the printed spreadsheet. There are several options for controlling how your customer will preview the data, including the number of pages that will be previewed on the screen and zooming options.
Visual Template Designer
Design spreadsheets with our run-time design tool. It lets you set properties, formatting, data sources, calculations, and more without writing code.
Data Binding and Automatic Display
Spread can automatically retrieve and display information from ActiveX objects (ADO), Data Access Objects (DBO), and Remote Data Objects (RDO). Once the connection has been made, Spread will create the appropriate columns, configure headers, and create the proper cell types. Spread also allows the user to update the database. All this can be done without code, but you are free to customize behavior using the API.
While Spread's bound mode is powerful, it is equally effective when loading data from many other sources such as Microsoft Excel, CSV, tab-delimited files, and custom-delimited files.
Cell Types and Data Validation
One of the most powerful features of Spread is the ability to validate data automatically while the user is entering the information or the data is being programmatically assigned. Spread provides twelve cell types that are configured to accept only a certain type of data input, thus eliminating the need for you to manually validate data.
Cell Notes and Text Tips
Add cell notes and text tips to give users additional information. Cell Notes are indicated by a red dot in the corner of the cell and when clicked, information appears. Text tips are similar except they appear on hover.