CNET Editors' review
Lock up your Excel spreadsheets and secure their formulas in binary format and protected VBA code using this compiler that converts the sheet into an EXE file. It offers options for prohibiting illegal copying and for including an end-user license agreement with the executable packet.
DoneEx XCell Compiler installs a DoneEx menu on the Microsoft Excel menu bar between the Window and Help commands. It performed well in our tests; after saving a worksheet and selecting the Compiler command from the new menu, the add-on launched a dialog box with a variety of options for compiling the sheet into an executable file. Novices may be a bit bewildered by the many options in a cluttered design--Allow Save, Allow Export/Import, Disable Screen Update, Expiration Warning, Analysis Toolpack, and more--but frequent use will quickly expand the user's comprehension. The nag screen with the delayed close that appears before compiling is a slight bother, but the many features DoneEx offers makes overlooking that aggravation easy to do. It securely hides formulas, you can maintain the original Excel workbook after compiling into a separate file, and you can limit the period of usage for the executable workbook. We liked that we could still save changed data into the compiled EXE file, and we didn't have to rely on the original spreadsheet and then re-compile it.
Small businesses and consultants will find many uses for this app. The 30-day trial period is adequate for determining its suitability for more users, and the price isn't too steep to scare off those who find it handy.
DoneEx XCell Compiler offers very easy and hassle free Microsoft Excel workbook copy protection. You can compile Excel spreadsheet into EXE application with securely hidden formulas in binary format and protected VBA code. With registration/license management feature you can protect your compiled Excel workbook from illegal copying from one computer to another by using hardware locking mechanism. It offers you to add your own splash, icon, end user license agreement (EULA) and much more... Main features are: - Securely hide formulas by converting them into binary format.Without this feature any kind of Excel file copy protection is useless. - Compile Excel Workbook (XLS file) into an application (EXE File).You do not need to be a programmer to use the product. - VBA code copy protection. - Run a compiled workbook without macro security alert. - Create registration/license based application.Prevent illegal copying from one computer to another. - Hardware locking.Allow your compiled Excel workbook to work on target computer only. - Royalty free distribution of your compiled EXE,which doesn't require any preinstalled Run-Time libraries. - Add your own end user license agreement (EULA). Compiled EXE will not be started until EULA accepted by customer. - Restrict the time period of usage for your compiled Excel workbook. - Create Trial/Demo of compiled Excel workbook limited by amount of days and nag window. - You can add your own splash screen, while compiling. - Hide Microsoft Excel on start. - Save changed data directly into compiled EXE. - Add your own application name, version and copyright information. - The original Excel workbook stays without any changes after compilation. - Restrict the access only to authorized individuals, and limits users activities to the minimum required, for business purposes. See details at www.DoneEx.com
What's new in this version: Internal improvements and bug fixes.
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"OK for non-complex templates"
Version: DoneEx XCell Compiler 220.127.116.11
Ability to embed EULA, splash, icon
Trial Version timer
Multiple run time errors for complex VBA code
Support somewhat responsive but not helpful
Had high hopes for DoneEx. Ran into compiler run time errors right out of the blocks. They modified their code upon examining my template which was impressive. Problems really began when I asked how to MOVE (not COPY) their compiler to a new computer. They responded as if I was a criminal for even suggesting such a thing and a war of words/insults (from both sides) ensued. Now my support is cryptic and sparse. I have attempted to use row insertion and support maintains that because the insertion code exists it makes the exe unstable. However, I receive multiple run time errors on non-row inserting code.
I purchased the business license but will not be renewing. Could be good for simple spreadsheets but my template has 15 tabs and about 4000 lines of VBA and minimum size is around 6 meg. Very disappointed. Also, they are not native English speakers/writers and some of their help and explanations (as exemplified by their website) is not easy to decipher. I think that is one of the reasons we had the misunderstanding regarding the movement of the software from one computer to the other.
"No more piracy"
Version: DoneEx XCell Compiler 18.104.22.168
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 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 hard ware 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
None really unless you update an operating system or change a hard drive and think it's a hassle to request an update to your registration. Which in fact it's not as already mentioned Doneex support is excellent
Best thing I've found since sliced cheese
"Unique and extremely useful."
Version: DoneEx XCell Compiler 2.1.4
Create an executable in VBA without losing time converting to C# etc. Unless you are a code snob this bypasses a huge learning curve. Excellent customer support. Fab product.
£600 paid for this so far. This is from : £200 for the base version plus an additional £392.56 for the DoneEx XCell Compiler NRD Option for Business (same but without the nag screen) version - and add a maintenance contract on top £68.84 inc vat per year. However I have paid all of this because it's worth the money. Compare to £1,000-£2,000+ for VSTO products and Visual Studio 2010 itself etc.
Full version is costly but it turns excel apps into secure re-sale items. It's been a year now and nothing has come up as a competitor. Truly innovative.GBP600 paid for this so far. This is from : GBP200 for the base version plus an additional GBP392.56 for the DoneEx XCell Compiler NRD Option for Business (same but without the nag screen) version - and add a maintenance contract on top GBP68.84 inc vat per year. However I have paid all of this because it's worth the money. Compare to GBP1,000-GBP2,000+ for VSTO products and Visual Studio 2010 itself etc.
Updated on Feb 1, 2012
"Excellent Product..Support is Great!"
Version: DoneEx XCell Compiler 22.214.171.124
Create .exe and not .xls.
Simple to use.
Its an .exe but it does require excel to be installed on the user PC.
Would be rare to find a pc without excel TBH.
I would like to see a Knowledge Base online.
I honestly have no idea why there is negative reviews regarding the product and the support.I have never waited more that two days for a reply from the support team.If a product is free or trial version you gotta expect nag screens..that is a very petty complaint.
My main reason for using this product is due to the negative vibes I get when deploying excel sheets..even though the code is complex people assume you switched on the recorder and recorded it all,they obviously have no concept of the term dynamic data.Using this product I have almost totally disguised the fact it is Excel and VBA. I ain't bothered to learn Visual Basic when this produces the end result I require.I would like if they could remove the word 'application' from the top header or allow the user to define this.
J Kielty- -code monkey
"Deceptive pricing - license is only for one year"
Version: DoneEx XCell Compiler 126.96.36.199
Easy to use
Only after you buy it do they tell you your license is only for one year and then quote: "Upon expiration your license turns into Trial mode.". I am not talking about the cheap version this is the small biz licesnse.
At $169 single computer this sw is expensive. For that price you at least expect you own it not lease it! You have to request a new license every year and decide if you want to pay for maintenance. It is also locked to one computer configuration so if you change your hard drive you again have to request a new license key. You are at their mercy. Read all the reviews carefully because some positive reviews look like they are from the company not users.
"Response to jackm62"
Version: DoneEx XCell Compiler 2.1
Everything works correct in genuine copy of the product
Didn't find any yet
The symptoms you have described appear in case if you use non genuine copy of the DoneEx XCell Compiler. You may be a victim of software counterfeiting.It is understandable why you can see VBA code after compiling a workbook in trial version of the DoneEx XCell Compiler. The "Protect VBA" option is not available in trial version of the product.
You can download trial version of the original product from our site.
Updated on Apr 12, 2011
This is the feature of business licenses. You may find details in the feature comparison table on our site.
Also you can contact support@DoneEx.com and our support staff will teach you how to use the product.
"VBA Protection doesn't work in the DoneEx!"
Version: DoneEx XCell Compiler 2.1
VBA code can be easily unlocked.
Product has important limitations, which makes is useless for complex workbooks.
Program looks like a students work, not like a professional product. It is not user friendly at all - just look at the it's annoying NAG screen. But the biggest problem with DoneEx - VBA macros was cracked in several minutes! There is no protection at all. In many cases "compiled" workbook doesn't work as it should. Fake. This is not a compiler at all.DoneEx, I've used trial version from your website. Your reply about "genuine" software is nonsence.
Updated on Apr 10, 2011
"Easily deploy Excel/VBA tools as protected programs"
Version: DoneEx XCell Compiler 1.9.12
Protects valuable IP developed in an Excel/VBA environment
No longer have to worry about excel security settings
Excellent service and support
In earlier versions of Excel Compiler our VBA code ran noticeably slower. However in the latest version this appears to have been well addressed and is no longer an issue.
We have valuable IP developed in an Excel/VBA environment (for simplicity and ease of use). With DoneEx Excel Compiler these tools are protected - the formulas in our spreadsheets cannot be seen and the VBA code cannot be accessed. Thus we can be confident about deploying our tools without losing our competitive advantage.
A key advantage is not having to worry about macro/security settings - the exe created runs in excel whatever the security settings.
We have made a number of enquiries/ support requests that have always been handled promptly and professionally. A great company to deal with.
"Useful tool with great support."
Version: DoneEx XCell Compiler 1.9.12
Works as expected. Great support.
Didn't find so far.
I have worked with this product for a few months and I am very satisfied.
Better yet,when I personally requested to implement a feature i really needed, they did not refuse.
They have implemented my feature within half a week.
I am really impressed with the individual attention they have given me.
Version: DoneEx XCell Compiler 1.9.11
The product not only fully protects your program but adds a level of professionalism to any project.
The product satisfied all my requirements so I can't say there was anything I didn't like.
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 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 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 is also hidden from the user 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 in every query I have submitted. I had many queries when I first purchased the program about its capability to satisfy concerns I had about the user options for editing and to my delight the support team worked with me to resolve every issue. 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!