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General, Installation, Settings

System requirements?

CALC4XL is a light Microsoft EXCEL Add-In of only 30 MB. Therefore you only have to provide Microsoft Excel 2010 or newer as well as a Microsoft desktop operating system on your computer. All further components (Microsoft .NET Framework 4 or newer, Microsoft Installer 4.5 or newer) are already on your computer or will be installed from the Microsoft webpage during the CALC4XL installation automatically.

Furthermore, you can always test an installation by downloading the CALC4XL test version here.

Can I use CALC4XL on an Apple MacBook?

You can use CALC4XL on a MacBook, too. You will have to install or simulate a Microsoft Operating System and Microsoft Office. As an example, you can install the virtual machine “Parallels Desktop” with a Microsoft Operating System and Microsoft Office on your MacBook. Then you will be able to install and use CALC4XL without any contraints.

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How to install the software?

After you purchased your order you will receive an E-Mail on your account with an order confirmation. Here you will find your software and database zipped in a file “CALC4XL_fullVersion_yyyymmdd”. Click the file and a download will be started.

In the downloaded file is a folder with the install file and the related database called “calc4xl_costingDB_yyyymmdd”. Please paste the zip-file to a trusted directory (e.g. Desktop) and unzip the file. After opening the install folder you will find the “CALC4XL_setup” file for installation. If you use Windows 10 with Office 2016, you will have to use the “CALC4XL_setup_Office2016” file for installation.

The database can be kept on your computer or dropped on a server.

Furthermore, you will find in the downloaded file a readme.txt which explains the installation in detail, gives hints to possible error-handling, and shows the first steps to a CALC4XL calculation. Do not hesitate to contact us for any question.

Which adjustments should my Excel have?

Please ensure that Add-Ins are not blocked in the Excel security center. If you like to accept only Add-Ins of trusted publishers, you will find the CALC4XL certificate in the downloaded file, too. In there you will also find the readme.txt file which explains how to install the certificate on your computer.

If you like to use the CALC4XL Excel templates (e.g. Cost Breakdown, Multipartlist, and so on), you will have to allow Macros in the Excel security center.

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Windows 10 with Office 2016

If you use Windows 10 with Office 2016  you will have to install “Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime” before installing CALC4XL as it is not installed with Office 2016. You can download the installation file directly from Microsoft or here:

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Windows 10 Screen Settings

If you use Windows 10 with more than one screen (monitor), please take care of your screen factor settings. Software display may fail in Windows 10 if you use different screen factor settings for each monitor. Please open the system settings, go to “Display” and choose the same value for “Change the size of text, apps, and other items on this display” for every monitor. Recommended is 100%.

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CALC4XL Software

CALC4XL Help Panel - How do I get to know CALC4XL?

Please install CALC4XL and open Excel. In the Excel menu, you will find the CALC4XL ribbon. Please press the help button (marked by ‘?’): The CALC4XL help panel will open. Here you can choose specific help topics or make a tour through all main CALC4XL modules. You will also find an example calculation on the basis of an injection molding part.

Furthermore, you will find a file called “MyFirstCalculation.xlsx” in the downloaded CALC4XL folder. This file will give you three options to get to know CALC4XL.

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Overhead Calculation with CALC4XL - Cost Breakdown

Please install CALC4XL and open Excel. In the Excel menu, you will find the CALC4XL ribbon. Please press the help button (marked by ‘?’): The CALC4XL help panel will open. Here you will find a manual of the overhead calculation with CALC4XL using a Cost Breakdown. You will also find the file here: CALC4XL_Manual_CBD.

Example calculation on the basis of an injection molding part

Please install CALC4XL and open Excel. In the Excel menu, you will find the CALC4XL ribbon. Please press the help button (marked by ‘?’): The CALC4XL help panel will open. Here you will find an example calculation on the basis of an injection molding part.

You can also request for the pdf at info@calc4xl.com.