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Giveaway of the day — Simple Sheets 1.2

Simple and smart, powerful and elegant - Simple Sheets is everything you've come to expect from spreadsheet editor.
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Simple Sheets 1.2 was available as a giveaway on December 30, 2014!

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Simple and smart, powerful and elegant - Simple Sheets is everything you've come to expect from spreadsheet editor. Use it to create, manage, print and convert spreadsheet files of any popular format.

Load, convert and save workbooks, use tools and functions you already experienced with, enjoy intuitive, minimalist interface that’s inspired by Windows 8 - Simple Sheets got everything that you’ve come to expect from Microsoft Excel, except for the price!

System Requirements:

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP; Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 (installs if absent); 512Mb RAM; ~31MB of HDD space


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Let me also add that I am finding pieces of the program called SOFTWARE INFORMER that installed when I installed Simple Sheets. Even searching the entire computer I cannot find when the program was put on the machine. I could kick myself for not creating a restore point before installing.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Glad I got this one before it expired. Installed seemlessly on my Windows 8 and works like it should. I do wonder,d why are programs still written to accomodate Windows XP, when nobody is using it any more? I mean, I had to upgrade because we got a ton of virus attacks because Microsoft no longer updates it, and my bank refused to access my account using XP.

Reply   |   Comment by cHuck  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)

Programs are not written to accommodate XP, if the program does not call functions that are not supported by XP then they will run on it.
XP is still in use in many businesses particularly in China, also in many doctors’ surgeries in the UK.
Not supported means they are not fixing the bugs which should not have been there in the first place and the fact that you were getting so many viruses shows that you did not know how to protect your system!

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Because there are many that do use XP for various tasks. Especially if they have invested money for programs that are installed on XP but they are not transferable to a different computer due to licensing limitations or other reasons. If the program works fine on XP, there are many users that are content with keeping the computer and OS around, even though they may also have a later version of the OS installed on a different computer. There are quite a few corporations that also continue to use XP. Not every computer is connected to the Internet. Banks are starting to not allow XP access because they know that XP could be compromised at some point, so why take the risk.

Anyone having an XP system but not have a spreadsheet program but finding they need one for a particular function, would be interested in SimpleSheets or similar instead of purchasing a full blown MS Office product for a system that will ultimately have limited functionality in the future. So, it makes sense that Simple Sheets is going to list XP as a supported OS. Any other software developers are going to do the same for some time into the future.

The XP Operating System executes the same applications that run on later versions of Windows, unless the program has been modified to check to see what operating system it is being executed on, and then do something different. The only company that has an incentive to not allow a program to execute on XP is Microsoft of course. So, if the program works fine on XP, then it makes sense to list it one of the Operating Systems supported.

Understand that you are likely to see XP listed on software, as well as Vista listed, and Windows 7 listed, long after 99% of the population is using Windows 10. It merely means the software works on these systems, nothing more implied or suggested.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I guess you believe the show "Logan's Run" was a good idea!!! Not everyone has the ability to change their operating system just because it outdated? I still use my XP off line. I am glad that developers still include XP as an option.

Reply   |   Comment by John S  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Spreadsheets can be really useful, but because of their design in that they only produce the results errors are extremely difficult to spot.
Many years ago an audit was carried out in America on a number of large companies spreadsheets, 33% had major errors, this suggests that a secondary method of validation should be employed probably not possible in a simple spreadsheet program.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I like the fresh clean look. I'll keep it with my redundant collection of office applications. Two issues I have noted for the developer:

1. I opened an Excel 2010 spreadsheet in which one of the tabs is a chart drawn from the data on the first tab. The chart tab does not show the chart. It just shows an empty worksheet.

2. The program seems to run slower than Excel 2010 and LibreCalc, especially opening files and creating new ones.

Windows 7 32-bit, Lenovo T400 laptop.

Reply   |   Comment by David H.  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I'm gonna be harsh on this GOTD. It deserves it.

Fail #1 (minor)
Installation. Although in requirements is stated it will install .net 4.0 if necessary, the installer only asked where to extract files (on C: by default, which is not what you want, be careful). Seems portable but requires .Net framework 4.0 (600 Mb to 2 Gb according to MS, not counting daily security updates).

Fail #2 (minor)
Ridiculous length of key. Why one would want to get a cracked copy when much better alternatives exist for free?

Fail #3 (major)
People tend to forget what made Excel what it is. First, local documentation (several .CHM files). Second, things you experiment will eventually work as intended. Within the local documentation, users can find detailed examples, how-to, etc. Learning then by themselves, users can reach an advanced/expert level, produce more complex spreadsheets. This explains why it is so difficult, if not impossible, for [advanced] users to replace Excel.

This SimpleSheets is not for laptop users. You cannot hide their "ribbon" (it resembles but it is not because it does not behave like the original), thus a waste of 25% of vertical space. And there is this very poor online documentation. I was trying to figure out how to do simple and basic things such as hiding the "ribbon" or customizing a toolbar (I reckon there is no toolbar anyway). Aggravating, you won't find a list of ALL functions, anything about Excel compatibility, etc. Of course, like in the previous SimpleWords offered here on Dec. 18th, I'm pretty sure there is no local help either.

To me, it's just another guy who thinks he can make an Excel replica, forgetting Excel has been in constant development for more than 20 years, costing millions of dollars, cumulating hundred of thousands hours of work. It already looks boring, and there is nothing to read to help understand why one should try this product. In other words, nothing enticing.

At least, people in the O/L-Office spheres do not try to mimic Excel like Kingsoft do (where you have the choices for menus: ribbon or classic, lol). If I wanted a copycat of Excel, I'll go for Kingsoft.


For an example of innovative spreadsheet, try this web-based Python spreadsheet. It can do things Excel cannot, it's a step further. It's based on Resolver One, which reviews can be found here and here.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

They have created a lovely spreadsheet. That is appreciated, however, as noted there are just too many other programs that are FREEWARE. I wont list them all - that has been done. To put a price on this simply wont work.

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Davidson  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Thanks to GOTD and AlgorithmsInMotion.
Easily installed as "portable" and activated.
Tested it with a sample Excel 2003 XLS worksheet.

Result: Very Good.

It is able to open the worksheet and edit contents.
The saved worksheet can be opened in Excel2003 and the changes made by SimpleSheets are in place.
There is inter-operability between SimpleSheets & Excel2003.

Obviously Excel2003 is the preferred software for worksheet use and for many good reasons.

Will keep this SimpleSheets software for fun.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Functionality means much more to me than the developer's file naming convention, which doubtfully infers developer "competence". Competence is defined by performance.

While this program is suitable for basic accounting needs, it lacks the power and functions that are common with competing FREE products from Kingsoft, Softmaker, LibreOffice, and yes, even Google Sheets. Load times are horrendous, and that alone makes me unsure whether to entrust my spreadsheets to this program. Certain formulas in my test spreadsheets occasionally errored out, where otherwise ran with ease in competing software. And I won't even mention "graphing".

Re: G's rec on a relatively unknown software, "ssuitesoft"... When I accessed the links to their tutorial videos, YouTube came up empty, saying that the user account had been terminated. Not exactly confidence inspiring.

Reply   |   Comment by Manic Monde  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

That's your argument? one link on ssuitesoft's website doesn't work and they should not be trusted?

Common! be more positive than that.

I found their software a much better fit for my use than the GAOTD here.

Reply   |   Comment by MangerLord  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I have pretty much gone over to Linux and free source programs, though, I am afraid that for certain special tasks, I will always have to have another operating system nearby. I still check in on this web site almost every day and greatly appreciate some of the reviews on the products. There are a number of very helpful comments today. But Giovanni's review is a masterpiece. I have never before been able to express my growing frustration with Microsoft. But today, Giovanni did it for me!

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Is there any excel program, showing spelling errors as in Word document. Even in microsoft excel, you can spell check, but I want those squiggly red underlines in excel sheet as available in MS word, when there are spelling mistakes

Reply   |   Comment by ram  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

I must agree with Melika on this program. I have found the same defects. I have also tested it with a slightly heavier workbook which takes about 20 seconds to load and calculate in Excel. It has been loading for five minutes now. I will wait for it to finish before uninstalling the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Graham  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

I use a spreadsheets daily to process massive amounts of date using some very complex formula and was very curious to see if this was any good. After installing and running my first thoughts were that I didn't like the look of it but decided to give it a try. The lack of short cuts and macros is a big disadvantage (to me anyway) it had difficulty with some of the formulae entered and actually miscalculated as a result. The verdict, great if you need a simple uncomplicated spreadsheet program, but for serious data intensive sheets it isn't really up to the job. Thanks, but I'll stick with MS Office.

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)

I cannot get this programme to open an Excel spreadsheet that is password protected.
Is this a problem with my setup or is anyone else having the same problem?

Reply   |   Comment by AliRut  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

requires 'Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0' ......
some of the best freeware out there like 7-zip,Imgburn,CCleaner,VLC player ,firefox etc does not depend upon 'Microsoft .NET Framework' or anything else for that matter .everything is self contained in these excellent freeware programs and they are also portable;commercial developers should learn a thing or two from them.

Reply   |   Comment by the mask  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)

I think that ship has sailed. Much as I sympathize with your complaint, the days when you could get by without .NET installed in Windows are over. Just add it to the giant junk drawer that is Windows.

Reply   |   Comment by DVMarsh  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Or, just get a fast OS with a beautiful desktop: switch to a Linux-based system. All GOTDs I've tried run on it using a program called Wine. Linux is used on more PCs world-wide than any other OS, partially because of it's price: Free. Compared to the millions of viruses and exploits that have affected, and continue to hit MS, Linux only had about 50 in the past 20 years, and current Linux-based OSes are free from future virus problems.

Say "goodbye" to NetFramework, DLLs, registry, etc., and say "Hello" to your PC after a true 30-second or less cold boot-up time.

It's even possible to have Windows still available on your PC and have your Linux-based OS as the primary boot.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

I decided to try this in the hopes that the developer would take some of the good ideas of the new Windows look and discard the blazingly stupid & cumbersome design nonsense that is currently running rampant through Microsoft. Alas, this was not the case. The top section, which contains nothing more than "Documents", "Close", "Minimize", & "Toggle Fullscreen" in giant text, takes a full 1/5th of the top of the screen with no option to shrink it to a reasonable height, or, which I would prefer, remove it entirely. This is one of those cumbersome nonsense designs made by people who don't really work with spreadsheets and in fact don't really work with anything other than pretty pictures. I'm not using a spreadsheet because I want big giant pretty buttons that are easy to read on a 2" screen, I'm using it to handle a lot of data. That's not to say I don't want something pleasing to the eye, but it's like someone at Microsoft (that this company is trying to mimic) fired all the grown-ups who brought some wisdom and experience to the product.

Since this opened in full screen mode, I was curious what would happen if I clicked "Toggle Fullscreen". It did what you would guess it should do - revert to windowed mode. Only, the window was about 2" square on my screen. I resized the window to what I wanted it, clicked "Toggle Fullscreen", which now put the program into full screen, then clicked it again. To my dismay, it didn't return to the size I wished, but became that tiny little useless window. Now before I move on to the main event, there are two things more to mention about this issue. First, in full screen mode I can't even see my task bar. This is a first for me, as it is set to default always on top and hidden until I get near it. Apparently this program over-rides my preferences for it's own - a big no-no. Second, if the screen is already in full screen mode, I expect the clown button to change from "Toggle Fullscreen" to "Toggle Windowed Mode" or something that indicates I am, in fact, in full screen and there is another option. Maybe this is asking too much from this developer.

The program takes a fairly long time to open. When I clicked "New Document" a "loading" animation started to play and I waited. And waited. And then wondered if it was broken before a new document opened. There are some spreadsheets that are so large they take a few seconds to open, but this was just a default spreadsheet, not even a template of some kind. WTH. I tried opening a second new document thinking it would load faster. Not only did it take just as long to open the second one, but I had to hit the giant clown button to get back to the "main" screen to do it. Ugh.

I then decided to open one of my spreadsheets. Not too large, just under 700 rows by 15 columns. Again, the "loading" animation. Finally it opened. I thought maybe it was because this was all new to the program, so I closed it and opened it again. Still the wait. I did this a third time, just to see how long it was actually taking, and I timed it at 18 seconds. That's 15 seconds too long. I can't help but wonder if this thing is secretly dialing home and sending all my info somewhere. I mean, what could possibly be taking so long?

And now for the pièce de résistance: Data Entry. Imagine that little ROFLMAO emoticon. That about sums it up. Sure, I can type into the spreadsheet, I can even tab to the next entry, but apparently there are no shortcuts. You spreadsheet users know what I'm talking about. All those lovely little shortcuts that do things like stick the current date or time in the cell and save you so much time. Even those terribly scarce program short-cuts that no one knows about: ctrl-W to close the program/screen or ctrl-N to open a new document. Yeah, none of those standard ones worked either. So I thought I'd check out the help file to see if they had their own. I couldn't find it. Now, maybe this was because I kept being distracted by the giant-huge-mass useless buttons constantly screaming at my eyes from the top or maybe it's because I couldn't see the microscopic menu text that wouldn't resize, but I suspect there isn't any link to any help file. You're on your own with this one.

Saving the file was another joy. The program is nice enough to let you know you have unsaved changes by placing an asterisk next to the file name. Great. I tried ctrl-S and the asterisk stayed there. I presumed it hadn't saved, so I clicked "File", but I could only choose "Save As". I clicked that just for giggles and the default option to save was as an Excel file in 1997-2003 format. WTH? This is saved and managed in the latest formats. Why would I be given this choice even if this was done with an old version. I would expect the default "Save As" to be in the latest version all the time. I closed the program without saving and re-opened the file. Strangely enough, my changes were saved. At least when I re-opened the asterisk was gone.

I don't think this is even worth a download unless you are desperate for a spreadsheet and hate the Chinese or the OpenOffice developer community so bad you refuse to use any of their products. The only reason I can see to download this is to be nice and test it for the developer and post your experiences as well to help them make a better product. If you are simply looking for something for free, get OpenOffice or WPS Office.

Reply   |   Comment by Melika  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+74)

For the first time in history the (misleading) GAOTD rating doesn't correspond to Karl's review.
But I agree with Karl: this is an excellent Excel replacement, as it allows you to use formulas, insert various objects into the documents, as well as create a huge number of charts with no hassle.

So there is no reason to give it so many THUMBS DOWN!

As best FREE alternative, try this pretty unknown app:


And as Office Replacement:


Enjoy! ^_^

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+113)

Thank you!

Actually, Giveawayoftheday version of this software is not portable as there was some issues with packed portable version and VirusTotal (4-5 warnings). Portable version is packed to single executable (i.e. no dll's or other application folders in program directory) with sandbox folder to store registry changes. Since it is still shareware product the only thing that stored on user machine is license data. You still can use this application on any other machine - 30 days trial is more than enough to finish whatever you need.

In the upcoming update more options will be introduced including 2 more languages support (German and Spanish), extended file information in main menu and more flexible content management system.

Reply   |   Comment by Algorithms In Motion Co.  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+46)

It is mere conjecture that 30 days is an adequate trial time.

Rarely is any program used often enough in four weeks to get a feel for how it may or may not work in the long run. Any that one does use that often is probably already in the computer's arsenal.

I harken back to the absolutely free, unlimited versions of WordPerfect™, Acorobat™ and, as much as it hurts to admit, MSFT's Office™ as the sole reason that I have 30 some paid copies of WPD (far superior to Office in all respects), every version of Acrobat until 10, ditto PhotoShop, and multiple Office installs on XP and win7 machines (only).

Either a software has it or it does not--limiting trial usage only confirms the high likelihood of buyers' regret. I disdain the later, while Giovanni likes "free" foremost.

Why would one want a stand alone editor of any type with Open Office, MSFT's Office (ugh) and WordPerdect's office suit available? Besides, when the big uglies make their software cloud subscription only (to assist governments in monitoring your work), you'll be sorry you didn't buy the stand alone software.

Use of any cloud based anything is actively discouraged for valid reasons too numerous to list here.

I'll pass on this one as I do on all software with limited trial periods, not to mention it seems to fall short of the mission here at GAOTD. ©2014

Reply   |   Comment by DoktorThomas™  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

There are many freeware programs which can compete with each other. Inspite of having Open Office or Libre office suite I generally like to use Kingsoft Spreadsheets Free which is a part of Kingsoft Free Office Suite presently known as WPS Office Free 2014.

Among Light and Portable Programs I can suggest Gnumeric Portable though I also carry Portable Version of LibreOffice with me.

 Thanks 

Reply   |   Comment by Jahid  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+50)

I'm abandoning Kingsoft because, after many updates, a silly simple bug has not been fixed; or, has it?

Ctrl+Arrow moves the cursor to the beginning of the line — instead of the standardized "previous / next" word!

Reply   |   Comment by Ioannis  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Addendum: The mentioned bug is in Kingsoft Spreadsheets.

Reply   |   Comment by Ioannis  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Why is it different from this: http://www.openoffice.org/product/calc.html ? Apart from price, of course!

Reply   |   Comment by Elmaz  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-28)

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 8.1.3 Pro 64 bit system.

The installer installs a "portable" version, seems to be bound to a machine code. I did not test the portability. The key could be a little bit longer, making a fun for entering this manually.

The program folder shows a clear structure of the used files. You don't see this very often. Have a look into the program folder! If somebody programs such a clear structure. it is a sign of competence, at least for me - no yytools.exe or Fymcya101.dll.

Like the program folder the interface upon start. A calm white interface. You load your existing spreadsheet or you crate a new one. The program loads without problems existing EXCEL sheets.

And now ... on a short look through the options, this program has all, what is needed for spreadsheet calculation. It becomes more and more "crowded", when you enter "insert" or "formulas". This IS an Excel replacement, if you don't need all the macro stuff - and the automation procedures.

A quick look to a print preview. It has everything you'll need for a "simple" and basic spreadsheet editor.

Makes a very good impression. This software does not compete with the Free-Open-Other office programs. It is an easy to handle editor, if you are familiar with EXCEL. Otherwise also simple programs can be difficult to handle.

My compliment goes to the programmer. I will keep this as an fast spreadsheet viewer&editor.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+179)

Your print preview gives a lot of insight into this program. Thanks for that.

Reply   |   Comment by Epic_Fail  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
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