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2008 has been an eventful year for the family of Xcelsius products. The long awaited new version of Xcelsius was released in March.  The new version, branded Xcelsius 2008 – makes it even easier for end-users to create interactive dashboards and presentations with its new Flex-based interface. Xcelsius 2008 was designed to meet a wide range of customer requests while delivering a variety of new innovative dashboarding and visualization components as well as integrations with Crystal Reports, BusinessObjects Enterprise, Adobe AIR, and LiveCycle Data Services. The new release generated a great buzz in the market and quickly got the attention of our broad user base. Some of our active users like you, created remarkable examples of what is possible with the Xcelsius 2008 new technology and architecture and truly “Wowed” the community (see example).

While there were some initial negative reactions to Xcelsius 2008, much of that has subsided with the Xcelsius community understanding our strong commitment to support and enhance the user experience for Xcelsius 2008 products.  Because we heard from many users like your, we released Xcelsius Service Pack 1 and Xcelsius Present in August. Service Pack 1 adds a handful of new features to Xcelsius such as export to Adobe AIR and fixes a wide range of issues in the areas of migration, performance and stability (/community [original link is broken]).  Xcelsius Present is a new product for those users looking to turn Microsoft Excel spreadsheets into engaging and interactive data presentations. It comes with 10 ready-to-use templates allowing first-time users to immediately use and benefit from the solution. We also recently released Service Pack 1 Fixed Pack 1 that fixes a series of reported bugs and improves performance (/community [original link is broken]). Our goal is to deliver these Fix Packs on a regular basis to ensure that you get the most out of your Xcelsius application.

2009 will be another exciting year for Xcelsius as we will continue to focus on innovation and evolving Xcelsius to make it even more user friendly. While our developers will be working hard on advancing the Xcelsius technology, we’ll also be counting on our partners and users like you to challenge the conventions of traditional visualization  by building add-on components using the new SDK. Using Adobe Flex and Xcelsius SDK you can build additional charts, maps, and more to use in your own models or sell them on Xcelsius Marketplace.  See what some of you have already built on the Xcelsius Add-on Marketpalce.

Lastly, in the spirit of the season checkout the top Xcelsius content for 2008:

Much of the success we have seen with the Xcelsius support would not have been possible without your continued support and commitment.  A BIG thanks to all of you for your contribution to the Xcelsius Community. We look forward to working with you more closely next year. Happy Holidays!

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