At Farside Technology Research we have developed some useful Excel/VBA applications that guide the assessment of safety-related and environmentally-related software. These applications help ensure consistent, efficient, and accurate auditing against some very demanding standards such as IEC 61508. These Excel apps are an important part of Farside’s assessment tool kit, but of course, we could not share them with anyone or sell them because they were effectively unprotected. However, the use of the DoneEx compiler has changed all that and thanks to it we can now make these assessment tools available in a controlled and piracy-free manner. The adoption of the Excel compiler was remarkably straightforward despite the discovery of a couple of bugs which were solved in a very short time by DoneEx’s support team. I have to say that the responsiveness and effectiveness of the support has been a major plus. So if anyone out there is wondering about using the Excel compiler, we would recommend that they adopt it. In our experience it has served us well.
At Drillingsoftware we produce Excel based software for the oil industry with a global client list. Keeping things running smoothly is of paramount importance. Fortunately, we discovered DoneEx and have been using the XCell Compiler for several years now. I can say that this great piece of software has reduced piracy of our software to “Zero”.
Over the years, due to hardware changes and operating system upgrades (all of which will require a new .data file), the DoneEx support team has responded within hours with replacement files to keep our global operation running.
Many thanks to the DoneEx support team and their excellent service and response.
Iain Richmond CEO
The DoneEx team is one of the best software developers I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
Their product is superb! Their Excel protection software features multiple layers of protection. And the best part of DoneEx is their first-rate customer service. All of our questions and issues are answered within 24 hours. This includes looking at our very complicated VBA code and making necessary adjustments. Their level of support and detail is impressive, and I have yet to find any of the software development groups we’ve worked with who can match it.We were initially using one of DoneEx’s competitors for license protection. However, we had serious issues with the protection features of this competitor and their customer support and response time were abysmal, so we had to switch. I’m very happy to have found DoneEx! I wish we would have gone with them from the start. As we ready for our first major product launch, I’m content knowing that the software product we’ve spent nearly a year developing is in safe hands with the DoneEx team workbook protection software protecting it. Thank you again, DoneEx!
Colva Insurance Services
What an efficient tool!
DoneEx has developed a very efficient tool to control the distribution of XLS files. The access of the compiled XLS file is controlled by a very efficient license key management system. Moreover, this tool hides and protects all of the Excel formulas in such a manner that just displays just the results of those formulas. Once converted to EXE, the size of the tool is reduced by the half. The Export/Import feature is very useful, especially if the source file is large; it allows to save the data in a 10kb file. This tool also solves the problem of Excel versions: once compiled, it can be run with any version of Excel.
Another important advantage of DoneEx is the reactive after-sale support.
Product Line Manager
Well done the DoneEx Support Team!
At Drillingsoftware we develop software for the Oil Industry based on the Excel platform. These programs can be very complicated engineering programs. Whenever we have included or come across something DoneEx couldn’t handle in VBA, the DoneEx team came back with support that is second to none, and very promptly.
We also pride ourselves on excellent customer support, so we and our clients know what it is like to have a support team that can be totally relied upon.
Iain Richmond CEO
Incredible Product and Service!
DoneEx has the absolute best customer service I have ever experienced. They respond promptly, and with the exact answer I have been looking for every time. On my last issue, my computer had crashed and DoneEx helped me get the XCell Compiler working again on my computer. I emailed them before I went to bed with my problem and there was a solution when I first checked my email in the morning! Really, the staff at DoneEx is exceptional and I have been more than satisfied with their service. Additionally, the XCell Compiler is exactly what I had been looking for in my workbook protection software. It grants excellent excel formula protection and has a very secure method that ensures the workbook cannot be copied without permission. DoneEx is a great company and I recommend them to everyone I meet who is looking for the type of product that DoneEx provides.
CEO and founder
J.P. Doncaster LLC
DoneEx Compiler Has Done an Excellent Job!
DoneEx XCell Compiler is an efficient and compact tool that provides fool-proof security for Excel file distribution. Once the file is distributed after being compiled by DoneEx Compiler, then the owner of the Excel file can live without worries because of the compiler’s special security features.
DoneEx has its own license key management which works very efficiently. The owner of the Excel file can create trial versions/time limitations and even the compiled file can be LOCKED to a specific customer’s computer. DoneEx is really the ultimate protection tool for the Excel workbook. This is the tool which is required for the IT world, where there is always a fear of cracking the original file, which is not possible after compilation by DoneEx XCell Compiler, where the original formulas are converted to a binary format so that the resulting formulas are totally hidden and protected in the compiled exe file. Thanks for the technology provided by DoneEx. This tool also has version compatibility, which means that once a file is compiled then it will run in all versions of the Excel.
Hats off to Support team for excellent customer support. There are no issues that DoneEx isn’t able to handle in the end-user VBA program! If any issues do come up, writing to the DoneEx support team will result in the solution being provided promptly.
I highly recommended the DoneEx XCell Compiler as it is very efficient and effective Excel protection software.
N. Arul Govind
Poyry & Co. LLC
In the past, my programs were developed using Visual Basic 6, since I knew I would be able to protect the EXE result. Until finding this valuable compiler, I was hesitant to put too much faith into all of the hard work that I have put into creating Excel files, as I did not think it could be kept safe. DoneEx XCell Compiler has saved (or protected) the day with excellent excel formula protection! In just a short time, you will be up, running, and protecting your Excel files knowing that everyone will be able to use the products of your hard work without stealing it. Kudos DoneEx for providing us with an excellent tool to protect our Excel files.
The best security solution is DoneEx XCell Compiler!
Fannie Mae has a new requirement that an appraiser must provide a sophisticated statistical analysis and report of the market area of the property being appraised. A spreadsheet model would provide an excellent solution. However, there are a few problems:
- I wanted to protect my many months of development work from being “stolen” or copied.
- I needed to provide a trial version of my Excel model for evaluation by prospective customers and also have a foolproof licensing process which would prevent illegal copying and use of my Excel solution.
After evaluating the few available products that claimed to be a solution to my problems, DoneEx emerged as the clear winner!
- As far as protecting my valuable work, The DoneEx compiler allowed me to protect my formulas and VBA (Macros) beyond the capabilities that Excel provides. It was like Excel on steroids! I challenged some of the best hackers I know (I spent 28 years in the software industry prior to changing careers). Absolutely no one—not a single person!—was able to find the formulas or VBA code due to DoneEx’s ability to protect them from being viewed or discovered. DoneEx does what Excel alone cannot do to protect your work!
- Allowing potential users and customers to try the application for a period of time was simple. The DoneEx compiler allowed me to produce trial versions of my application and allowed me to specify a time period for the trial. I originally worried about someone downloading a 30-day trial, erasing it after 28 days and downloading another 30-day version, but the developers of DoneEx have already thought of that! When you download the new 30-day evaluation it knows you already had a 30-day version, and in the above case says you have 2 days left!!!! With no work other than answering a few questions, the DoneEx product displays a “trial version” pop up menu which constantly reminds the user that they have a trial version with X days left in the trial. This menu provides an easy method of selecting an option to contact you—the author of the software—for information on purchasing your application. Several other methods are available for providing your potential customers the ability to try your application prior to purchasing it. Allowing the prospective customer to try your application prior to purchase will result with greater trust and acceptance of your application. Without a trial version your potential customers may never be willing to look at your application.
Now that the prospective customer decides to become a real customer how are you going to sell and license your application? Simple, DoneEx provides several methods to choose from. The methods I chose were time period and hardware locking. The time period option allows me to provide the end user with an annual license to use my application. Upon purchase, I simply enter the beginning and ending date of the license. It even allows me to specify a warning message that will allow me to notify the customer that they have 45 days remaining and to contact me for another year subscription!
Next, I was wondering how I could restrict my license to use my application to a specific PC. I was worried about sending a “key” to customer to unlock the trial version to enable them a license for a year only to have the customer copy or use the key on multiple PCs. Again, the DoneEx team has already thought of this and have the perfect solution! By using the hardware locking feature! The hardware locking feature allows me to create a “key” specific to the customers individual PC. DoneEx provides the ability for the customer to send you the customer’s PC identity so you can create the customer key which is specific to the customer’s individual PC. Again, I asked my hacker friends to find a way to beat this security feature and again they could not!
Protecting my work and providing a simple and effective licensing method was all I needed to convince me to purchase DoneEx. The features of DoneEx alone are amazing. The real benefit of doing business with DoneEx support team is the beyond excellent service they provide. Anytime I had a question or needed a suggestion the DoneEx team were there to assist me. The support has always been superior to any support I have ever been given by any software provider! I remember several occasions when the DoneEx team have added custom features which only I needed – what amazing service!
In summary, I can only hope that my customers are as happy with my software application as I am with my DoneEx purchase.
John P. Smithmyer
Georgia Appraiser School.
Fantastic Product! Make money selling spreadsheets!
This is a fantastic product! It creates the possibility to sell spreadsheets without loss of business by customers sharing the file. I use the hardware-locking feature to secure spreadsheets for sale on OPSMATH.COM. I have made many suggestions to the DoneEx team for improvements that they implemented quickly. They regularly support the product with updates and improvements, like the recent Windows Vista support.
Jack A. Wetzel
President, Topview Consulting
My company wrote a Financial Planning Program written in Excel which we planned to market to Insurance Agents and Investment Advisors. We needed to find a way to prevent the program from being copied and prevent the formulas from being tampered with. We reviewed a few programs but none came close to the versatility of the DoneEx Compiler. It more than satisfied every need we had to protect our program. As a result we were able to sell our program to the four largest Insurance Companies in Trinidad and Tobago.
The DoneEx XCell Compiler allowed us to use a unique icon for the program, create our own user license text, incorporate a unique splash screen when the program is opened, set an expiry date with renewal notice and even create a trial version of the program. The compiler added a level of professional quality to my program which I could never have done on my own. The options the compiler gives the end user were perfect for my needs. The Financial Planners can input data for calculation with no danger of the formulae being inadvertently altered or deleted. The formulae are also hidden from the user with great excel formula protection, which is perfect to prevent others from developing clones of my program. The compiler options allow my end user to print the reports created by my program which was also important to me.
The support team at DoneEx deserves an award! They certainly have earned my praise if nothing else. They have been efficient at responding to every query I have submitted. I had many queries when I first purchased the program about its capability to satisfy concerns I had questions about the user options for editing and to my delight the support team worked with me to resolve every issue I had. I downloaded my compiler to my laptop, which was subsequently stolen and the support team worked with me to allow my continued use of the program by transferring my registration key to my new computer.
DoneEx and their support team have exceeded my expectations in every way.
Congratulations to this wonderful company!
Intelligent Investment Services Limited
Intelligent Technologies Limited
Trinidad and Tobago
I have discovered the best way to keep Excel spreadsheets secure, with their formulas and VBA code protected…the DoneEx XCell compiler! This tool has allowed me, at a fraction of the cost of hiring a programmer, to securely distribute my proprietary work and concepts to my clients. In addition to the many other features previously cited here by other users, the product is hassle-free, very easy to use, and allows my company to have the appearance of a major Fortune 500 corporation.
The DoneEx Support Team is nothing short of fantastic. Their support is outstanding, including providing excellent support concerning an issue I have had over the weekend.
I use this product with confidence and strongly suggest you do so as well! I wish DoneEx success to the furthest horizons!
Brian J. Brandt
President, Executive Hedger, LLC
Apd business management is a new company specializing exclusively in the provision of all aspects of Business Management services to major automotive OEMs and their dealer networks. We required a utility that would enable us to distribute a variety of Microsoft Excel tools that we had built but in a secure environment whilst still maintaining full functionality. DoneEx XCell Compiler offered us a very easy way of compiling our Microsoft Excel spreadsheets into a secure environment providing hidden formulas, file copy protection through its registration feature, as well as so much more. We were able to add our own splash image and even integrate a user license agreement!When we encountered any problems the DoneEx support team was always on hand via email to assist. Their responses were quick, helpful, and any corrections to the XCell Compiler that needed to be made were done so with great speed.
apd business management would have no hesitation in recommending the XCell Compiler.
Head of Business Planning
apd business management ltd
Without DoneEx I wouldn’t have had a distribution solution that gives me the confidence that my ideas behind the spreadsheet remain secure. With the DoneEx XCell Compiler, I have been able to proceed with my distribution of the software and now the program is benefiting many users. A free download of the compiled version of the House of Worship Vulnerability Assessment Program is available for anyone at www.surveyessentials.com
John Griffey, CPP
Dynamic Life Solutions
Congratulations and Hooray for DoneEx XCell Compiler!
At The Red Zebra Business Centre, it is vital for our clients to get their financial analyses in a portable and easily accessed form. For us, it is vital that our financial tools (developed over 22 years) are kept secure. Only “DoneEx XCell Compiler” does it well and does it right! DoneEx alone provides us with the first real opportunity to move on to the next cycle of product development. It is so secure that we can deliver a first class user experience, and retain ownership of our commercial and intellectual property.
Finding DoneEx XCell Compiler as well as DoneEx was a real breakthrough.
Congratulations and Hooray for DoneEx!
Jeff Bennett, President
Tool Planners Inc.
All the functionality of Excel is retained, including charts! Also, their support response is very rapid and helpful. Altogether a very exceptional program.Robin AtkinsonPartner of HAC,
Civil and Structural Consulting Engineers.
Customers expected us to come up with an automated configuration tool for a custom-made power system. The configuration used a quite sophisticated Excel model we didn’t want to share with the client. The DoneEx XCell Compiler solved our problem elegantly and cost effectively. Additionally, to the product itself, I have to mention that DoneEx has very fast and competent technical support!
Witold Grabysz CEO,
MERAWEX Sp. z o.o.,
Fantastic Product, Highly Recommended!
The DoneEx XCell Compiler program is the best and secure environment that I ever seen! It hides formulas and has an amazing file copy protection system! This copy protection system allowed me to distribute all of my products having the control over the installed copies while maintaining the security level at really high standards.
They have and incredible help desk support service, which responds to client requests in a short period of time.
In addition to that they provide a wide variety range of product supports at no cost to the client. My congratulations to the DoneEx team, extremely well done!
Feng Shui Consultores
Dream Come True!
I am the president of platinum Engineering Solutions, Inc. I have developed very lengthy Excel Engineering programs that exceed 100 Mb. I had looked everywhere to secure my software but with no luck. I had to strip down computers, taking away the internet, USB, CD burners and so on, so that nobody would steel a copy of my programs. But when I finally tried DoneEx XCell Compiler and my DREAM HAVE COME TRUE. I sleep better knowing that no one will steel a copy of my software. I could even give out trial versions to others.
DoneEx, does not just provide great software, they have the best customer service I have ever seen. Thanks a million.
Naser Salem, PE
Platinum Engineering Solutions, Inc.