XLStylesTool is Upgraded to Silverlight 5 and Moves to Windows Azure

Silverlight 5 version is here: XLStylesTool on Windows Azure.

The usage of the browser based Silverlight 4 version of the XLStylesTool has been rapidly increasing since its launch exactly one year ago. Much to my surprise the free hosting server got shutdown without a warning some time yesterday. A bunch of people contacted me. Amazing to see how many people work on corrupted MS Excel files even on the weekends. I had to do something about it fast, so I upgraded the app to Silverlight 5 and moved it to Windows Azure where I currently have free subscription. The app will stay there until things change. All hosting suggestions are welcome. I want to continue offering XLStylesTool for free.

Quick feature overview:

  • Native 64 bit support: Silverlight 5 comes with 64 bit runtime
  • Speed: my initial tests show that Silverlight 5 version is faster in reading and processing files
  • Runtime upgrade/installation: if you don’t have Silverlight 5 installed yet you will be prompted to download it. Bad news: Microsoft publically announced that they won’t be enhancing Silvelright anymore. Good news: current version of Silverlight has amazing features and will be supported until October 2021!
  • Mac OS users can use this version just like SL4. System requirements:
    • Intel
    • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
    • Firefox 3 or later, Safari 4 or later, or other modern browser
  • Windows Azure pretty much guarantees 100% service uptime
  • Creating new Windows Azure account, service and application plus performing Silverlight 5 upgrade took roughly 4 hours

Please report any issues and provide feedback.

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15 Responses to XLStylesTool is Upgraded to Silverlight 5 and Moves to Windows Azure

  1. Pingback: Releasing browser based XLStylesTool (Silverlight version) | XLGeek's space

  2. Thomas says:

    Sergeig, using Mac OS Safari to clean XLSM spreadsheets. All of a sudden the scanning just continues without cleaning. Use to take a second. I’ve reinstalled Silverlight 5 to no avail. Any suggestions. Thanks!!

  3. Thomas says:

    Yes it does, but it says to INSTALL Silverlight plug-in which IS installed. So I guess it’s a issue I have to figure out. Thanks so much for your timely responses and the your Too Many Styles Fix. It has saved my workbooks!

  4. Thomas says:

    A follow-up. The site demos.telerik says the version “Silverlight 5 (5.1.20913.0) is installed: You are ready to use MS Silverlight. But when I go to xlgeekwebapps.cloudapp.net/default.aspx your
    app doesn’t show up but…the blue frame with logo does…”MS Silverlight To view this content, please install MS Silverlight Click now to install”.

  5. Ronny says:

    Hi, I got an xlsm file with about 55MB of data and I tried to use the XLStylesTool with Silverlight 5 in Safari, but it failed. Smaller files does work, so is there a limit for the Excel file in MB?

    • XLGeek says:

      I don’t know what the exact file limit size is in SL, but there is one for sure. The app uses local storage and runs in a sandboxed process. Can you use virtualization like Parallels? WinFroms app or Win8+ will go up to 2GB.

  6. Ronny says:

    Hi, and thank you for your prompt answer! I tried to clean the file on a Dell XPS laptop with the Windows App today, but I got an error message, telling that there is something wrong with the file. The file is not corrupt, because on my iMac its running in Excel Mac 2011 without any problem. Thank you anyway!

    • XLGeek says:

      If the file is encrypted – needs a password or is binary like XLSB or XLS extension, Open XML tools will not be able to open it. If it is something else in actual file, you can strip away sensitive data and share the file with me if you want. I would tweak the tool to handle it if it is possible.

  7. Ronny says:

    Thank you for your kindness! I changed the parameter to allow to opening the file without demanding permission for running the macro. Saved the file and no it’s scanning (but scanning takes time). Inform you about the result later. Best regards from Norway.

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