Product Review: Stellar Phoenix Excel Repair Software
Verdict: Stellar Phoenix Excel Repair is a professional tool to fix corrupt or damaged Excel files and restore the Excel objects to a new blank Excel file. The tool supports XLS and XLSX file repair from any reason of corruption. With this tool, you can recover objects like charts, chart sheets, cell comments, worksheet properties, and other Excel data.
- Program: Stellar Phoenix Excel Repair
- Version: 5.0
- Date of Launch: November, 2013
- Company: Stellar Data Recovery
Supported OS: Software is compatible across most of the Windows platform including the latest Windows 8. The following are the Windows platforms that are compatible to the Stellar Phoenix Excel Recovery.
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Windows NT
Supported MS Office Versions: Program supports XLS and XLSX files recovery from various versions of MS Excel. The below mentioned MS Excel versions are supported by Stellar Phoenix Excel repair.
- MS Excel 2013
- MS Excel 2010
- MS Excel 2007
- MS Excel 2003
- MS Excel 2000
License Types: The software comes in two license types.
- A Single user license: This can be used on a single system
- Technician license: This can be used on different systems in different locations.
Price: A single user license that can be used only on a single system costs just $49, whereas the technician version costs $199.
Overall Rating: 9 out of 10
What It Does: The tool successfully and safely repair corrupt XLS and XLSX files and recover Excel objects in a new blank Excel file.
Availability: Software is available in two versions.
- Demo Version – You can download the demo version free of cost, to check the credibility of the software
- Licensed Version – A licensed version involves a licensed key to avail full features of the product.
However, the downloaded file is an executable file (.exe)
Installation Time: The software gets installed within 30 seconds.
Space Required: The software requires at least 50 MB of free space to get installed.
Minimum Processor and Memory Required: A minimum Pentium Class processor is required for a hassle free installation along with at least 256 MB of RAM.
The software was tested under three different test environments.
Test Environment 1
OS Version: Windows XP
Processor: Intel Celeron 1.50 GHz
Memory: 1 GB
Free space available on Boot Volume : 6 GB
The Outlook version used: MS Excel 2007
Test Environment 2
OS Version: Windows Vista
Processor: Intel core i3 3.6 GHz
Memory: 4 GB
Free space available on Boot Volume: 40 GB
The Outlook Version used: MS Excel 2010
Test Environment 3
OS Version: Windows 8
Processor: Intel core i5 3.6 GHz
Memory: 8 GB
Free space available on Boot Volume: 150 GB
The Outlook Version used: MS Excel 2013.
I tried testing the product on all the three different environments. The software got installed within 30 sec in all the three cases. Once installed, the tool displayed an interactive interface asking me to include the ‘Analysis ToolPak’ in case the file contains engineering formulas.
Select Corrupt File: - While choosing a corrupted Excel file, the dialog box gives an option to look for the file in a particular drive. Since, I wanted to choose the corrupt file from C drive, I chose the Look in option as C drive and file type as XLS and XLSX. There were two more options to select a folder and include subfolders as well.
Instructions for Users: Once you specify the drive to look for the corrupt Excel file, you can further select the folder, if you know the location of the file. You can also include all the subfolders within that folder by checking the box, which says Search Subfolders. Then click the Scan button to start the scanning process.
Once the scanning has started, a bar shows the progress of the scanning. This process can be stopped at anytime by clicking the Stop button. Once the entire scanning process is complete, the software displays a list of recoverable Excel items on the left panel. You can click on any of the items to see the preview of the corrupt Excel workbook on the right side of the panel. Then click the ‘Repair’ button to initiate the repair process. The software then shows a bar indicating that the repair process is going on. One the repair is done; you can choose a desired location to save the repaired file and click OK.
Ease of Use: The software uses a highly interactive and self-explanatory interface, which can be used even by a novice user.
- Recovers file in the same format.
- Repair one or more corrupt Excel file.
- User-friendly Interface.
Con: The technician version is little costlier.
Overall, the Stellar Phoenix Excel Repair is a complete software in a nominal price. The tool could prove to be a life savior for working professionals who works with Excel on a daily basis. The tool works smoothly with different system configurations.
In My View:
Out of the many professional Excel Repair software available in the market, Stellar Phoenix Excel repair is quite different.In my view, the tool uses a highly advanced algorithm, which is not present in many of the competitive tools. Such algorithms allow a hassle free recovery of various Excel objects from any case of corruption. You can also try the demo version of the tool to know its credibility.
What About You:
Have you ever been in a situation where you were not able to access your Excel sheet? Or, have you ever had a need to try this tool before?
You can recover all your damaged or corrupt Excel objects using this tool. If you want, you can share your experience about the Stellar Phoenix Excel Repair tool.