04 March 2017


I came across recently a 30 day trial version of the XESS-4.0 spreadsheet, © 1990-1998 Applied Information Systems and others, from the now dissolved Chapel Hill, N.C., based company

This was prior to Sun Microsystems having with StarOffice 6.0 converted their calc program's
file format to use XML, and the Microsoft® Excel 2002 conversion of .xls to .xlsx.

XESS .xs4 files did not use XML, and the spreadsheet had itself some innovative features.

Possibly XESS was an acronym for X Engineering Software Systems.

I have been somewhat curious of StarOffice's interface to unixODBC, but never have allocated
the time to examine that interface.