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Possible defects in Xcelsius 2008


I've been using the trial version in order to create a standalone application.

Very impressed with the product so far and see a wide range of applications for it at my organization...

However, I'm experiencing some issues and wondering if anyone sees these as well:

1. Users I've send a PPT with the embedded swf claim that they cannot view the application. Some have modified the object properties within PPT but still see it as "initializing...".

2. I use multiple radio controls but despite setting the initial value for each of them and seeing the correct selection in design mode, once the swf runs all the options are set to the first value.

3. I have a label mapped to a cell which includes a long string. The string changes dynamically based on other cells and includes a concatenation of strings. During design mode the label shows the string correctly (and changes as I chance the affecting cells) but in run time it comes up as blank.

- Tried both & signs to append the strings and the Concatenate function but the result is the same.

- To overcome lack of support for the CHAR function I concatenated cells with manual breaks (Alt+Enter in the Excel cells). Tried both with and without these "line break" strings, doesn't work.

4. Implemented URL buttons with "mailto:" syntax. Clicking the URL button brings up my default browser and then the e-mail client. This is more of a wishlist item - would be nice to have just the e-mail client show up.



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    Posted on Aug 13, 2008 at 01:24 PM

    Hi Adi,

    I think I have an answer for your first query regarding PPT. I think you are facing a known issue which occurs once you export your dashboard to PPT or WORD. Please have a look at the cause and workaround for this problem:-

    This is an Adobe Flash Player issue. For Word documents,

    exit Design Mode by clicking the Exit Design Mode icon , on the "ControlToolbox" toolbar. Then right-click on the embedded SWF file and select Play to display the SWF file properly.

    For PowerPoint slides, files by default are in Normal view. Exit the Normal view by switching to the Slide Show view. The SWF file should now displayproperly in Normal view.

    Note. The Adobe Flash Player prevents you from seeing the SWF file when you open a PowerPoint file with an embedded Xcelsius 2008 SWF file. Switch from Normal view to the Slide Show view. After switching views, right click the embedded SWF file and select Play. The SWF file should now display

    properly in Normal view.

    Let me know if it helps!



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      Thanks Anshul.

      Unfortunately the problem is sporadic and not as reproducible as the security issue with Flash.

      I'm looking at providing standalone tools for my sales organization where the users don't have admin privileges and that may be the cause.

      Will look into that down the road, luckily most of the issues I've had were resolved with SP1 though I have managed to pinpoint some other unique bugs and workarounds.


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    Posted on Aug 13, 2008 at 05:04 PM

    Hi Adi,

    Regarding your 2nd question:

    Is there any special conditions that your radio buttons are bound to? For example, formulas (what kind), special cell editing, etc.?

    I did a real simple test with just a default Radio Button and couldn't reproduce your problem.

    For your 3rd question:

    What components are you using to feed the concatenated cell? I was able to reproduce this using some Input Text components, but only when "Insert Data On Load" option was turned on, and "Enter Text" field was left blank. If this is the case, I would expect this kind of behavior since you are inserting a blank field (blank Enter Text field) into the cell.

    If that is your issue, then try one of the following:

    1.) Enter the text you wish to have entered into the concatenated cell, or

    2.) Disable "Inser Data On Load" option and enter your text during Runtime.

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      Thanks David.

      Problem #2 - default radio options revert to first option.

      This would be a bug that is hard to come by (or the dev team can say it's a "work as designed").

      I identified the cause to be that all the radio options labels were set to nothing.

      Once I assigned labels to a cell range but configured the Appearance-Text setting to hide problem was solved.

      I did find another related bugs however in SP1. Quite hard to identify actually:

      If the labels (even hidden) for the radios change dynamically (in my case I provide the option of switching languages) the number or radio options can change.

      Problem #3 - concatenation of strings into a cell.

      There are no controls with strings involved.

      Text in cells are affected by radio options selected and one cell concatenates all the strings into one.

      This was eventually solved in SP1 through the additional concatenation of cells containing line breaks (implemented via Alt+Enter in Excel rather than CHAR function which is not supported.


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