P & L Software Ltd
has announced a special deal on its Mesa spreadsheet software for Mac OS X.
Through July, Mesa is available for $39 — $20 less than the usual price for a personal/commercial license. Educational licenses cost $34.
Billed as an alternative to Microsoft Excel, Mesa sports the ability to read and save Excel format files. Mesa can also use multiple worksheets within a workbook — a familiar paradigm to experienced Excel users. Mesa has standard spreadsheet features like more than 100 functions, support for charts, as well as a formula builder, customizable tool bar, report generation and more.
What Mesa is missing compared to Excel is a scripting or macro function, and the ability to query external data sources like SQL databases, according to the developer.
Mesa has a floating network license scheme that enables system managers to buy only as many licenses of Mesa as they expect to need to use simultaneously. An evaluation version is available for download from the Mesa Web site — the evaluation version restricts workbook size, but it’ll give you a taste for how it works.