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fxRender History

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Designed for Microsoft Excel®
on Windows.

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fxRenderâ„¢ was first invented back in 2010, where we used our online equation editor to quickly convert Excel formulae into nice looking equations to help us document our engineering spreadsheets. It was warmly received by a broad spectrum of users across engineering and financial communities, so we knew there was a need beyond our own work. Since then fxRender has gradually evolved to become an integral part of Microsoft Excel that works offline, and includes raft of new way to visualise and explore formulas on a spread-sheet.

Everyone we know loves it, we hope you do will !

Version 4 (2014)

A significant rewrite so one program works across all versions of Excel. Aside from a various refinements, we've also added the ability to tracking and displaying units used by dependent equations, and to expand equations so they incorporate dependent equations - a great way to see everything that goes into an answer.

  • v4.0.0.x beta - Turned on the ability to expand and shrink equations.
  • v4.0.1.x beta - New unified installer. Added 'Copy LaTeX markup' button. Improved support for international languages. (June 2014)
  • v4.1.0.x beta - Updated matrix header identification, new options menu. Various performance and UI improvements. (July 2014)

Version 3 (2013)

The first version that can operate entirely offline using our new equation rendering system developed specifically for Windows. This makes fxRender substantially faster and opens up a range of new possibilities. Most other features of the add-in have been enhanced, with a great deal of attention attributed to improving usability. Furthermore Number Find and Text Find capabilities have been added to help find hidden constants within formulas.

  • v3 Alpha - First release used across our test community (August 2012)
  • v3 Beta - First release for public testing (15 November 2012)
  • v3.0.4.x beta - Official release (22 February 2013)
  • v3.0.5.x beta - Better support for EMF formatting, including vertical alignment of rendered equations.
  • v3.0.7.x beta - Improved installer.

Version 2 (2011)

The first version written in C#, with separate installations for Excel 2003, 2007 and 2010. Functionality was greatly enhanced, in particular there was no limitation on formula length. A range of alternative methods for representing ranges and matrices were also introduced.

  • v2 Alpha - (February 2011)
  • v2.1.1.0 - Release Candidate 1 (20 June 2011)
  • v2.1.2.0 - Support for International languages (25 June 2011)
  • v2.1.2.1 - Fix for International usage, where 'comma' is used in place of 'point' in real numbers (7 August 2011)

Version 1 (2010)

The first version to demonstrate the concept and approach. This solution was powered by the CodeCogs Equation Editor, through web-link, and was implemented in VBA.

Future Developments

The following developments are planned:

  • Convert symbols in Excel into the LaTeX equivalents, so they are rendered correctly in LaTeX - useful when published equations in journals and scientific papers.
  • VBA solution that can be used in Office 2011 for the Apple Mac. Though we are waiting to see how Office 2013 operates on the Mac.