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The new PEAR package Spreadsheet_Excel_Writer-0.9.2 (beta) has been released at

Release notes
+Added feature: setTmpDir property for people that have openbase_dir. (dufuz)
-Fixed bug #14932: The name of the Workbook stream MUST be "Workbook", not "Book" (progi1984)
-Fixed bug #10399: Fatal error when closing workbook with no worksheets. (cweiske)
-Fixed bug #9511 Shared /tmp dir assumed (dufuz)
-Fixed bug #8701: Problems with the method setTextRotation() (progi1984)
-Fixed bug #6640: Illegal character for XML encoding of pear package (mj)
-Fixed bug #2405: Text concat operator and truncate formula (progi1984)
-Fixed bug #2261: Excel 2002 crashes when use write() with @ as first value of the text in behalf of progi1984 (cweiske)
-Fixed bug #1572 & #2942 - Problems with files with over 200 row / or 30kb of filesize - patch originally by michal dot fapso at goldenboat dot net - tested and reviewed (alan_k)
-Fixed bug #1730 Wrong operand class used for A1:A2 (tuupola)
-Fixed bug #608 Column guts always hidden, i.e. always displayed with zero height (dufuz)
-Fixed bug: Proper codepage for BIFF8 (arnaud)
-Fixed deprecated eregi function calls (cschmitz)

Package Info
Spreadsheet_Excel_Writer was born as a porting of the Spreadsheet::WriteExcel Perl module to PHP.
It allows writing of Excel spreadsheets without the need for COM objects.
It supports formulas, images (BMP) and all kinds of formatting for text and cells.
It currently supports the BIFF5 format (Excel 5.0), so functionality appeared in the latest Excel versions is not yet available.

Related Links
Package home:

Franck Lefevre (developer)
Carsten Schmitz (lead)