The Supercalc Super BookLittérature Anglais
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This book shows you how to get the best out of the SuperCalc family of spreadsheets. Each of the three programs (SuperCalc 2, 3 and 4) has its own slice of the market to satisfy. SuperCalc 2 (the only one available for the PCW) is ideal for small businesses requiring a classic spreadsheet without complicated maths or automation. SuperCalc 3 is better suited to medium-sized businesses needing automatic financial calculations and graphs, while SuperCalc 4, hailed as the programmer's program, has heaps more of everything.

The book devotes quite a lot of time to SuperCalc's more sophisticated features. Lee also shows how a number of pre written formulae and macros (single computer commands that replace a whole series of instructions) can be pre-programmed into SuperCalc and later categorized into specific applications: SuperCalc 2 has 38 formulae alone, while SuperCalc 3 and 4 have 51 and 92 respectively.

Ample time is devoted to the practicalities of SuperCalc: coaxing the best in the way of illustrative material out of 3 and 4 in the form of graphs, for example - whether they be bar, stacked bar, double bar, Hi Lo, pie or area graphs. Chapter 11. on the other hand, deals with the tricky problem of printing out spreadsheets -though it's doubtful SuperCalc 2 users will find much help them.

As is often the case, the appendices at the end of the book make for interesting and useful reading. Appendix 1 , for example, consists of four and a half pages of commonly encountered How do I...?' type problems and explains what commands you need to use to carry out certain tasks.

The SuperCalc Super Book is a very thorough look at this particular family of spreadsheets. Unfortunately, it will be of limited relevance to PCW owners unless they also possess other larger machines: SuperCalc 2 is the only member of the family to run on the CP/M operating system, and you may well find that your specific questions (like how to print out in italic NLQ elite) are unanswered. Still, the text is accompanied by frequent, well-explained illustrations and amusing little cartoons so as to make the SuperCalc Super Book a lively and informative read.


★ PUBLISHER: Sigma Press
★ YEAR: 1989
★ AUTHOR: Elizabeth H. Lee
★ PRICE: £12.95

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