Announcing today – Tables on Acrobat.com Labs. Tables is the most recent addition to Acrobat.com, and joins Presentations and Buzzword. And it’s pretty amazing, if we do say so ourselves. Check it out: http://labs.acrobat.com. And don’t miss the Crash Course. You’ll see what we mean when you open your first table.
Tables tackles the most common use of spreadsheet – working with and sharing information such as project management task lists, budget planning, sales lead pipelines, contact lists and more. Tables has the familiar look and feel of a spreadsheet. It’s optimized for the functions people do using table features in spreadsheets or in simple databases. In a nutshell, shared tables for shared data.
The key problem we spent a lot of time thinking about, designing, re-designing and thinking about some more is this: How do people really want to work together on a spreadsheet?
It’s a tough problem, and there are some simple, elegant solutions included in Tables, which you’ll see in action when you work as a team. The design anticipates how to help people work simultaneously, and how to keep the interactions ‘polite’ when more than one person is working on a worksheet.
• All users can add data simultaneously – solving one of the biggest problems with shared worksheets. All data is always up-to-date for everyone.
• Presence – lets you know who else is working on the table and where they are working
• Private and common views – allows the team to work together, but see the information that is important to each person. Private views let you see information that is important to you, without disturbing others working on the sheet.
• Filtering is real time so you can play with the data and adjust your filter in real time, without having to open a dialog box for every change.
• Sorting – quick, simple and always includes all of the data
Like Presentations, this Preview is on Labs – and clearly, there are more features we want to add. There are some obvious items which will be coming soon – export, print, and more tools for analyzing your data.
Take a look; send us feedback. We need to get back to work now…more good things to come.