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Excel Soccer 2012 for the European Football Championship

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Yesterday, we published he newest version 3.0 of the Excel Soccer 2012 Planner for the European Soccer/Footbal Championship in Poland and Ukraine. This version is complete redesign including a much more modern interface, new features and more improvements.

As usual, the Excel Soccer itself and the websites are available in the three languages German, English and French. You can download the english version from this URL en.excel-soccer.de. We have als created a forum forum.excel-soccer.de for the support for our users, which is also available in the three languages mentionned before.

Excel Soccer

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We are pleased to announce the release of the next version 3.0 of the Excel Soccer – the Soccer World Cup and Championship Planner – on April 23th, 2012.

The new version is a complete redesign and development from scratch, including a new user interface and a new navigation. New internal structures should also contribute to an increase in speed. Additionally, there will be no more single files for each language, but all the translations can be found in the same file. We are planning a short test phase after the release, so that if errors will be found, we can fix them in time before the European Championship. The Add-on tool will be released after the planner.

I have moved all my domains, which are related to the Excel Soccer, to a more performant server. The websites have also been rebuild and reorganized and, we hope so, welcome the visitors with a more modern interface. Please note, that the websites are currently in progress, so there may be some missing content here and there. By the way, I am using a multi-site installation of WordPress for all sites, allowing me a comfortable and flexible management of the templates and plug-ins at a global level, and much more.

In addition to the main domain www.excel-soccer.de for the Excel Soccer, I created a subdomain for each language (German, English and French):

All other domains I used the last years are now redirecting to the domains mentionned before. Although the obsolete domains will remain active for a while, please update your bookmarks and favorites as soon as possible.

Last but not least, I have set up a forum for the Excel Soccer with three subforums for each language. The Excel Soccer Forum – forum.excel-soccer.de serves as primary point of contact for questions, support and help around the Excel Soccer. Please note, that the forums itself also supports the three languages.

Some people who had supported us during the World Cup 2010 have already contacted us and offered their support, for example translations, for the next version. At this point, our big thanks.

I have started to migrate all my domains to a new server. This project will probably take some time, especially as I have to move about 50 domains and my time is currently limited. In addition, the move is also an opportunity for me to clean up the sites.

My Excel Formula Translator is already available under its “true” addresses www.excel-translator.de and www.excel-translator.com. Although I will keep the subdomain translator.excel-ticker.de for a while, I recommend to update your bookmarks.

The next steps will be the migration and/or relaunch of the Excel Soccer website, the Office365 Forum and the Excel Ticker itself. During the migration the domains, I work with mirrors of the sites, so I hope to ensure that all domains are reachable and the normal operation will not be affected.

This following post is a guest post and was written by Roberto Mensa, Krisztina Szabó and Gábor Madács. Thanks Roberto, Krisztina and Gábor 🙂

A few days ago we were working with the CELL formula to draw your attention to use the English info_type attribute if you share your Excel file with someone how uses Excel with different language setting. The second argument of this formula is the reference, which is optional. If it is omitted, the information is returned for the last cell that was changed, as we can read in the Excel Help.

Dynamic Chart in Excel

It is important to make it clear that “last cell that was changed” relates to the calculation. Change means a kind of change that triggers calculation. So if you manually re-calculate your sheet, the “last cell” will be the active cell where your cursor is positioned. My Hungarian friend Krisztina Szabó gave me an idea to build a dynamic chart based on the active cell. So we made a challenging example. In this article, we would like to show you how you can build up a similar solution based on our tricks. We have provided a sample file, which you can download at the end of this article.

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As a fan of the ideas and tools of Microsoft FUSE Labs, I registered for an e-mail invitation to participate in the beta test for the new social network so.cl some time ago. Although I had not recieved an invitation, I was fortunately able to take a closer look to the platform two days ago, as I got an invitation from a friend via Facebook.

Fuselabs Social Network so.cl

In order to use the social network, you have to log in by using a Facebook account. Then you will be taken to the welcome page, where the main functions and features are well explained.

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If you are using SkyDrive for storing your Office documents, you have probably already discovered the features for sharing your files with other people. And perhaps you have also read on some blogs how to embed an Excel file to your website. Recently, the Excel Team has created the possibility to interact with an embedded Excel file by using JavaScript.

In this blog post, I will describe how to embed and interact with an Excel file from SkyDrive. For this, I uploaded a web app compatible version of my workbook for my Excel formula translations and then I implemented some JavaScript Code to change values in the embedded file.

The workbook includes five worksheets: “Info” just includes some info’s about me, “Formulas” lists the formulas in the different languages, “Compare” can be used for comparing the formulas in two languages, “Languages” includes the list of available languages and “Resources” allows to select between the three languages German, English and French for the interface of the workbook. My goal was now to allow to the user to select the two languages for comparing the formulas and to switch from one interface language to another.

Learn and explore

Microsoft has recently launched the website “Excel Mashup”, where in addition to learning materials and tutorials you will also find some very interesting code samples. The site also lists the most important links to the MSDN documentation about the JavaScript object model, methods and properties for the Excel Services.

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