This is done by letting Tabulizer to convert plain text (or data from other Excel/CSV/XML/HTML files) to beautiful CSS styled HTML tables or graphs, that may have some other features like search filters and sorting headers.
This could be a huge time saver, especially if you are working a lot with the same type of tables, or if you want to copy table data from other documents, like MS Word and Excel.
You can define your own styles, or use one of the many predefined styles that come with the installation. In any case, you can create your own intelligent styling rules that will format your tables according to your specific needs. On top of styling rules, you can also do simple data calculations, statistical operations, text replacements, cell formatting and many more.
Online wizards and easy-to-use forms allow to do all that without writing code!
Features available in Tabulizer v4.0:
* Regular table editing (for static tables).
* Dynamic table creation from other data sources (database, external files, joomla articles)
* Import data directly from an Excel file (data + images + styling)
* Re-Tabulize an existing table.
* Table to Graph conversion (7 graph types)
* Responsive design (built-in support for 6 patterns)
* Table sorting
* Table search filter
* Table pagination
* Table splitting
* Horizontal and vertical scrolls
* Table prepend and append
* Data calculation
* Data replacements
* Data formatting
* Cell merging
* User preferences
* System info/Conflict resolution
* Improved security
In typical fashion we ran around pulling out our hair and crying like little girls. :( The entire site had been done in a responsive framework, and anyone who has tried to make 15-20 tables responsive by hand will sympathize with our tear soaked faces.
Then we stumbled into this extension. Let me tell you...i is an ABSOLUTE GEM! Simple to use, and better yet responsive!
BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE! Now our client has the ability to simply FTP an excel spread sheet (needs to be named the same),Update 1 simple parameter, and BADA BOOM! The tables update dynamically! Because you assign a preset; set of CSS rules (which dont worry they have a generator for that all you non-CSS folks) and you can stop worrying about Styling issues.
We had one small problem where the application was not reading the alt+enter breaks used in our excel xml files. within 48 hours we received an email letting us know that they updated the component to fix the issue. Thats right....no Jimmy rigging or all you need to do it: (input a ridiculous string of code only Mark Zuckerberg could understand)
I just cant say enough about this component. That said I need to stop typing....I have tables to place.
But when we start to use it, it solved more problems than we originally realized.
Dimitrios wrote custom rulesets that solved a lot of css problems we faced. He made it look so easy.
My client and I are hugely impressed with Tabulizer. But we're even more impressed with the developer behind it.
We received excellent service. Dimitrios spend a little extra time to make sure he completely understands our requirements.
This component has been an outstanding helper to my recent job. As everyone else already stated, it's an enormous timesaver.
I had trouble converting several CSV files that turned out to be not 'well formed' but the developer was very helpful explaining how to solve this.
A small investment into the right tool can make a big difference to your workflow.
This is a 5 star tool.
Not any more.... This makes everything simple as life should be. I gotta take my HAT OFF to you guys and say it's worth every penny. I paid £10 which is not a great deal of money or such a superb component.
If you are looking at this and thinking.... Do I buy it... Don't I buy it? Stop thinking and start doing.
THANKS GUYS, THIS IS A LIFESAVER.
So, if you work a lot with tables and you find it cumbersome to work with tables in your Joomla articles, you should definitely give it a try.