Peltier Tech Charts for Excel – Demo Version

I’ve finally finished a demo version of Peltier Tech Charts for Excel 3.0. This trial version will allow potential users to try the software before they buy a license.

Waterfall Chart

In 2008 I launched my first commercial Excel add-in, Peltier Tech Waterfall Chart Utility. All it did was make waterfall charts. Over the years I made improvements and enhancements to the waterfall chart utility, and I introduced (and improved and enhanced) other chart types. In 2013 I merged them together into Peltier Tech Chart Utility 2.00, and added a bunch of other chart-related features. In 2015 I released a major upgrade, Peltier Tech Charts for Excel 3.0, which extended compatibility to Excel 2016 (including Office 365), allowed the same add-in to be used on Mac and Windows computers, and added features and improvements.

In Excel 2016, by the way, Microsoft has finally introduced their own Waterfall Chart as a built-in chart type, but mine is way better, with more options and features.

All this sounds great, but people want to actually try something before they spend their hard-earned cash. So the demo will have all of the features of the Advanced Edition of the software, and it will work for 15 days after installation. There will be a minimum of notices about the demo status of the software, because those suck.

Of course, making a demo is a huge undertaking. I have to make sure it shows off all the features of the software, but only for a limited time, so I can stay in business. So my demo is actually a beta test of a demo. I need some feedback from serious potential users so I can assess the effectiveness of the demo.

Here’s how it will work. The first 15 people who comment below with their email address will get a return email containing a link to the demo. The link will only work once for each user, so don’t go sharing it. I’ll remove your email address from your post as soon as I respond so you won’t risk getting spammed.

I would like these testers to install the demo, test it out, and give me feedback, both about the regular features and about the way the demo works. I’m interested in the answers to questions like these:

  • Does being a demo limit the features in ways I hadn’t noticed?
  • Does the demo expire when expected?
  • Are the notices helpful and not bothersome?

In exchange for this vital feedback, I will offer a $20 discount to these testers, so they will be able to purchase an Advanced license for the price of the Standard.

Edit 1

I’ve got the fifteen volunteers to test out the demo. After I get some feedback from these good folks, I’ll make the demo generally available.

Edit 2

I’ve gotten some great feedback, suggestions, and bug reports; most of this relates to the program itself, not the demo version. I’ve been working furiously to fix bugs and implement other enhancements. Stay tuned.

 

Peltier Tech Charts for Excel

Comments

  1. Sounds interesting. Did you use VBA to code the trial, or VSTO on the application side?

  2. bs0d –
    It’s all done in Excel VBA.

  3. Would appreciate the opportunity to try it out… does it work with Excel 2010?

  4. Lorna –
    Yes, Peltier Tech Charts for Excel works in Excel 2010. It works in Windows with Excel 2007 through 2016, and on Mac in Excel 2011 and 2016.

  5. Great! Am I in the first 15 who responded?

  6. You are. I’ll get that link out by the end of the day.

  7. Happy to test if there’s still slots available. :)

  8. I would like to test this out. I have Excel in various versions from 2010 to 2016 on both 32 and 64 bit Win (a mix of Win7 & & Win10).

  9. Keith & Robert –
    Thanks, I’ll get that link out shortly. I had expected by Wednesday, but I got sidetracked on something else. I’ll do it Thursday, when I’ll have all of the email addresses for the beta group.

  10. I’m in.

  11. I’m ready to take the Pepsi challenge too, big fan of your work.

  12. I’d try if it’s possible

  13. Hi John,
    Will send you a note, but i would like a look to
    Thanks
    Ross

  14. If I’m not too late, I would love to help out! Running Excel 2016 on W10…

  15. I would like to test if room is still available.

  16. Does it work with excel 2007? I would love to try it.

  17. As a long time user, I would love to try this out! Thanks for the opportunity John.

  18. Count me in when I am still in the top 15.

  19. Courtnee Williams says:

    I woulld like to try also

  20. Hi, I’d be interested in trying the demo if it’s still available, thanks!

  21. Matthew Johnson says:

    I think I missed the cut, but just in case.

  22. No, Matthew, you’re number 15.
    That’s it folks. That’s what I needed for the beta.
    Soon the demo will be available for anyone to try out.

  23. Rick Williams says:

    I haven’t checked in on your blog for a couple years now, but I’m happy to see you’re still going strong.
    Good luck with the beta testing.

  24. Good luck with the demo and testing.

  25. Rick & Bob –
    Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve already gotten lots of good feedback, and made some improvements, not to the demo but to the product itself.

  26. Hi Jon, Many thanks for your continued hard-work and contributions to date, very much appreciated by all…! I’d would be very interested in trying your Lite version if this is possible. I am a keen user of excel and hoping to improve with your help (and some guidance from Chandoo.org).

    Thanks again Jon.

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