The useful Microsoft Excel add-in, Solver, by FrontLine Systems has released its latest Solver for Excel 2008 for Macintosh users. Macintosh users can get this powerful tool to enhance their Excel experience from the Frontline Web Site for free. This application is less than 2MB in size but it is pretty useful to complement Microsoft Excel 2008’s ability to create more challenging Excel models.
Solver was initially released for Mac users when Excel 2004 emerged in the market. However, it was dropped from Excel 2008 due to its dependency on Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support. The Mac’s resurgence in the market and the move to Intel processors has inspired the developers to work on this application again for the Mac system. Of course, credit must also be given to Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit.
Those who have tested Solver in Windows should be quite convinced with this Excel add-in that allows users to create linear programming or analysis tool for Excel. It helps to optimize Excel’s ability and create some useful simulation models. Mac users can give it a try. It can be downloaded via the direct link here. Mac users need to ensure they use Office 2008 and Excel 12.1.2.