Site Survey Results

1) Your Calculation Tool?
Calculation tool?

2) Often make calculations?
Often make calculation?

Thank you to all users who took part in our site survey. It reinforces our suspicion that most engineers use Excel to perform calculations (69.3% in fact). It was surprising to find that more people use pen, paper and calculator than use Mathcad (13.1% and 11.4%). Very few users use Mathematical, Maple or custom programming but maybe we don't need all that maths power (I tend to use free utilities like SageMath Note Book when I have the occasional requirement for algebraic manipulations of formulae). Some 86% of users make calculations regularly and 50% make calculations everyday. only 14% make calculations occasionally. I find the results very interesting because it shows that even if you make calculations everyday you are more likely to use Excel than Mathcad and I guess what we do at ExcelCalcs is bring Mathcad functionality to Excel.

I am very interested in your comments regarding the Calculation Software Survey Results - please discuss in the forum .

Beta Testing the Next Release of XLC - We are working on a new XLC release that will automatically redraw equations (no need for manual redraws and your equations will always reflect the current calculation). We are also implementing a new equation 'speed input' method (type “s=u*t+0.5*a*t^2” and XLC will expand the input and set up cell formulas and equations in Excel). We hope to release the software by the end of March.

$30 Discount Coupon Expires Soon! - All newsletter subscribers have recieved a $30 Discount Coupon. Many users have already taken advantage of it but time is running out if you wish to use it. Remember to forward it to friends they can use it too.

FireBox Video Playing Problem - I upgraded to the latest version of FireFox and found that I could not play some video files on the ExcelCalcs site. If anyone else is having the same problem I installed the MediaPlayerConnectivity Firefox extension which launches embedded media on a webpage in an external player. There are no such problems with MS Internet Explorer or Chome browsers.

Repository News - Only one upload to report this time - upload one of your own calculations next time?

New upload from JohnDoyle
File LineSec.xls
This is a useful calculation for section properties of any section comprising lines. Each line can be assigned a thickness property so it is particularly useful for sections made up from flat plates. I often us it for assessment of weld lines too particularly if a welded connection uses weld of various throat sizes (or a mix of butt and fillet welds).