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Microsoft Excel VBA Software and Microsoft Excel Macro Design

Microsoft Excel VBA Software Design and Microsoft Excel Macro Design

Taking Spreadsheet Design in New Directions

EMAGENIT has been developing Microsoft Excel software and Microsoft Excel Macros for companies and organizations like Time Warner, Caterpillar, Medtronic, NASA, The US Navy and the USDA since 1998.

Since 1998, EMAGENIT has been developing cutting edge Microsoft Excel VBA software | Microsoft Excel Macro software for business, engineering and science. Whether it is data mining text files or workbooks, creating advanced report generation tools, creating advanced interfaces or interactive dashboards, or simply automatically rearranging a worksheet report so you do not have to, we can create an Excel macro software tool that is right for you. Whether you are looking for a simple macro to be written or an impossible project that everybody else said could not be done, we have you covered.

About Our Microsoft Excel VBA Software Design Services

Since 1998, EMAGENIT has been involved with Microsoft Excel VBA software design and has created software solutions for companies and organizations like:

  • NASA JPL
  • VERIZON
  • NORTHROP GRUMMAN
  • CATERPILLAR
  • Time Warner Cable
  • CEMEX
  • The US Navy
  • Medtronic

Over the years, we have pushed Excel VBA software design to its limits providing tools for business, engineering, science related tasks. Along this journey, we have also realized that Microsoft Excel macros coupled with other design tools like Visual Basic .NET, ASP, JavaScript and other programs like Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint allowed hybrid tools to be developed that were quick in design yet more powerful than using just Microsoft Excel macros alone. The idea is to use each environment's strengths and making them act as one seamless tool. But whatever the tool, it always starts with Microsoft Excel VBA.

NASA Award for Microsoft Excel Software Design

View our NASA award for our Microsoft Excel work on the Mars Rover project

EMAGENIT received an award from NASA for its Microsoft Excel macro design for the Mars Rover. We helped NASA redesign its interfaces and calculation tools used in the design of its Mar's rovers in Microsoft Excel for easier use and efficiency. Click on the graphic to the left to see how we did it.

Microsoft Excel Worksheet and Formula Design

Microsoft Excel Worksheet Software Design

Example of a Simple Worksheet Dashboard Built from Data Validation, Conditional Formatting, ActiveX Controls, Charts and Excel Array Formulas.

Microsoft Excel Worksheet and Formula Design - Worksheet and Formula Topics

  • We can upgrade standard Excel worksheets and format them to represent a companies look and feel
  • We can upgrade or rework any formulas you may have
  • EMAGENIT can develop an advanced dashboard worksheet front end for your existing workbook using Conditional Formatting, Data Validation, Excel array formulas, ActiveX controls, graphics and shapes
  • We can develop smart worksheet formulas that think using logic and have the ability to adapt to changing table sizes and data conditions
  • EMAGENIT can develop formulas that scan for information, do advanced table lookups and check to see if data is present within multiple tables
  • We can develop array formulas that know when to start and stop, have the capability to work with multiple values and can find data ranges
  • EMAGENIT can design sophisticated worksheet forms that can tie into a central database so the user is always guaranteed to get the latest up to date data
  • We can construct proper worksheet tables that can be used to store data like a database and later retrieve this information in a systematic way using Excel's built in features like MS Query or through Excel VBA macros
  • EMAGENIT can construct logical and summary formulas design can look at multiple conditions at once and return an answer
  • We can create workbook templates for reports that automatically adjust to incoming data

Microsoft Excel Macro Design- Automated Reports

Microsoft Excel Worksheet Software Design

Example of a reporting tool in Excel that processes data, creates charts then places them in PowerPoint.

Microsoft Excel VBA Software Design - Automated Report Topics

  • We can design automated Microsoft Excel macro charting programs that can output charts to Excel, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint
  • EMAGENIT can design Excel VBA software that automatically formats worksheet data; inserts, moves, deletes and sorts data; and creates Pivot Tables
  • We can also use Microsoft Excel software to automate worksheet formula construction when building worksheets on the fly. This is a great auditing capability used allot in the accounting industry.
  • EMAGENIT can also develop Excel macros that automatically create worksheets and workbooks then store them in an Excel macro managed Windows folder system
  • We can create Microsoft Excel VBA software that build worksheet tables from multiple data sources of differing formats including text files, workbooks and databases
  • EMAGENIT can develop Excel macros that automatically transfer cell values, ranges, charts and pictures between Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint
  • We can automate Microsoft Outlook including scanning for information in emails then downloading that data to Microsoft Excel
  • We can use Excel Macros to automate complex calculation routines including numerical and statistical routines
  • We also design data consolidation programs that build different types of summary tables from multiple data sources
  • We can create workbook templates for reports that automatically adjust to incoming data
  • We can use Excel VBA to read text files and generate reports from them

Microsoft Excel VBA Software Design - Microsoft Excel Dashboards

Microsoft Excel Dashboard Software Design

Example of One of Our Dashboards from Our Tek-Tasks Scheduling Software.

Microsoft Excel Macro Design - Microsoft Excel Dashboard Topics

  • EMAGENIT can create Excel dashboards using Excel formulas, Excel macros, worksheets, ACTIVEX, charts, drawing shapes and databases even the web
  • We can create Excel macro driven schedulers, employee time cards and Gantt charts
  • We can create Financial Excel dashboards including data integration from databases, workbooks and text files
  • We can create Engineering Excel dashboards including rapid design environments, design visualization (cad) and data integration from databases, workbooks and text files
  • We can create Excel dashboards that are front ends to programs written in any language that is compatible with VBA like C, FORTRAN...
  • We have vast experience in creating pricing and sales dashboards in Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel Macro Design - Data Integration, Systems Integration, Folder /File Management

Microsoft Excel Data Integration Software Design

Example of Our Access Table Maker That Manages and Loads Worksheet Data into an Access Database.

Microsoft Excel VBA Software Design - Data Integration, Systems Integration, Folder /File Management Topics

  • EMAGENIT can link together data from different sources including text files, workbooks and databases and make it operate like a cohesive data system using Excel macros
  • We can make 1000's of workbooks act like a single database using Excel VBA software
  • EMAGENIT can link together web tables from websites like YAHOO Financial and display them in a dashboard using Excel macros
  • We also write VB.Net code to enhance your Excel VBA projects and construct ASP forms and visual display pages using VB.Net and JavaScript
  • EMAGENIT can build web systems using ASP.Net that link with your Excel VBA software
  • We can use Excel macros to obtain information from other programs like Word, Internet Explorer, Outlook, Lotus Notes...etc
  • EMAGENIT can integrate different computer languages like C, FORTRAN, VB.NET, Apple Script using Excel macros
  • We can write Excel macros that download or upload data to databases like Oracle, SQL Server and Microsoft Access

Microsoft Excel VBA Software Design - Data Processing and Data Mining

Microsoft Excel Data Integration Software Design

Example of a Simple Dashboard That Queries Multiple Text Files and Constructs Collated Data Tables.

Microsoft Excel Macro Design - Data Processing and Data Mining Topics

  • We can build Excel VBA macros that scan single and multiple Excel workbooks for specific data
  • We can build Excel tables from scratch¬†or fill in existing tables automatically using Excel VBA macros
  • EMAGENIT can use VBA to automate Pivot Table construction
  • We can build Excel VBA macros that consolidate 1000's of workbooks and their data
  • We can build Excel VBA macros that download and process data located in text files and databases
  • We can write Excel macros that download or upload data to databases like Oracle, SQL Server and Microsoft Access
  • We can build Excel macros that scan for specific text or match information from different Excel tables or text files
  • EMAGENIT can automate text comparison in tables using Excel macros deciding if information in one table is stored in another
  • We can automate data correction sweeping through entire workbooks and folders making corrections
  • EMAGENIT can separate text in tables finding key words
  • We can clean data tables using Excel macros removing or replacing unwanted characters
  • We specialize in taking one file format and transferring it into another file format (table format to a different table format, text to workbook, workbook to SQL Server, Oracle, ...)
  • We also specialize in recreating databases that have been "chewed up" by downloading them to text files
  • We can sweep text files, clean them up and make reports from them using Excel VBA

Microsoft Excel Macro Design - Microsoft Excel Security

Microsoft Excel Data Integration Software Design

Example of Our Worksheet Table Encryption That Encrypts and Automatically Decrypts Data When Calculation Occurs.

Microsoft Excel VBA Software Design - Microsoft Excel Security Topics

  • EMAGENIT has developed its own worksheet data encryption system using its own proprietary encryption routines. We can encrypt any worksheet table and provide ways to decrypt that table in formulas or in your VBA code.
  • EMAGENIT can protect your Excel macros by recreating them in VB.Net class libraries preventing users from opening your workbook's project and stealing the code
  • EMAGENIT can provide ways to lock down Excel workbooks to a single computer so they cannot be used on another
  • EMAGENIT can provide ways to time protect Excel workbooks to expire on a certain day

Microsoft Excel Macro and Microsoft Excel VBA Review

What is an Microsoft Excel Macro

An Excel macro is a computer program that is written or recorded and is stored in a workbook file. When run, it can perform a series of automated tasks in Excel such as automated chart creation, formatting, data processing, pivot table construction... the list is endless. Microsoft Excel macros are also capable of executing sophisticated logic instructions as well as performing iterative tasks like going through a folder for a specific file or scanning Excel for an open workbook or a specific worksheet for a value. The word Macro is actually misleading being confused with the earlier Macro language that Microsoft Excel used in the early 90's. The macros back then where stored on what looked like an Excel worksheet, these sheets being called Macro Sheets. They still exist in Excel today, if you right mouse click over a worksheet tab and select Insert/MS Excel 4.0 Macro. The code on these sheets look like a series of formulas. One of these old style sheet is illustrated directly to the right. An Excel macro today is actually a Visual Basic procedure, which is written in VBA which stands for Visual Basic for Applications (What is VBA). So people use the terms VBA macro, Excel macro, Excel VBA macro, Excel VBA... to describe the newer VBA code.

Where are Excel VBA Macros Stored?

When commanding Microsoft Excel, you usually write a Sub procedure or in some instances a Function procedure. These procedures are stored in a workbook file in a module and can be viewed in the VBA Editor by pressing the Alt+F11 key while in Excel. When the workbook file storing the VBA macro is distributed, the code also goes along with the workbook. When the workbook is opened, its Excel VB A code is opened. When a workbook is closed, the VBA procedures are closed. Once a macro is saved in a workbook and the workbook reopened, the VBA macro must be enabled for it to run. Microsoft Excel will prompt you with a run dialog box or a run button which is underneath the formula bar. When Excel VBA code is saved in an Excel 2007 workbook and above, the workbook file must be saved out as an Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook or the code will be lost when the book is closed.

What are the Capabilities of Excel VBA

An Excel VBA Macro is not only capable of automating the Excel environment, it can also command other programs that are VBA compatible. In other words, you can be in Excel and command Word, Internet Explorer and SQL server in the same procedure. A macro can also talk to other computer languages like C, VB.NET, FORTRAN basically any language that is VBA compatible. What this brings to the table is being able to access capabilities and speed that VBA does not process. Do not underestimate the power of Excel VBA, they have Excel at their command, other programs, other languages and can do the most sophisticated mathematics and analysis that you want to do. Developing VBA macros in Microsoft Excel takes about a sixth of the time as other traditional programming environments (sometimes quicker) and can flat out do things that are impossible in other computer languages without a great deal of effort. There are many EMAGENIT projects that started as band-aids till bigger systems were developed and then took over as the main programs because the other systems could flat out not be developed.

Why Recording a Microsoft Excel Macro Does Not Accomplish Your Goal

A lot of books and consulting companies push that being able to record a macro in Excel is all you need to put together a program. In some instances, consulting companies will claim to know how to write macros for Excel and actually just switch on the recorder and edit the code a little. Plugging that all you need to know is how to use the Macro Recorder to control Excel is a very false misleading statement. The Macro Recorder is really an ineffective tool when used to try to build an Excel Macro from scratch. The biggest failure comes in the way it records the object expression (path) to what you are trying to control in Excel. Object oriented programming revolves around the single concept that you create an object expression (think of the way you drill down Windows Explorer) identifying what you are trying to control then tell that object (program element) what to do. The recorder does not record code this way, it uses an active strategy which means it will generate code that will toggle workbook to worksheet to get you into position, then use a Selection command most of the time to identify what you want to control. The following is the way the Excel Macro recorder typically records:

Sheets("Sheet1").Select
Range("A1").Select
Selection.Copy
Sheets("Sheet3").Select
Range("E5").Select
Selection.PasteSpecial

The problem with the code is that it is not robust in execution and very vulnerable to errors. Notice it does not even identify the workbook to control which could be a very big problem. In some instances, the recorder will not even record a task or record it only partially. In reality, the macro recorder is only really good for figuring out the command you want to carry out like Copy or PasteSpecial and how they look when typed (syntax). In recent versions of Excel it does not even do that very well either. Also the recorder does not put in place logic, loops or variables which are key to creating a functional Excel VBA macro. If you do hire a firm to create a Microsoft Excel VBA program for you, be sure to be on the look out for a lot of Select, Selections and Actives in the computer code. If you see this, they probably used the recorder to write the macro in which case you should ask for a refund.

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