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Solve the Model. To find the optimal solution, execute the following steps. On the Data tab, in the Analyze group, click Solver. Enter the solver parameters (read on). The result should be consistent with the picture below. You have the choice of typing the range names or clicking on the cells in the spreadsheet. Enter TotalProfit for the. Solver For Excel 2008 Mac OS X 10 The application, which weighs in at less than 2MB, is a free download from Frontline Systems Web site and runs on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5.4 or later. Frontline Systems, the original Solver developers, announced along with Microsoft on Friday that Solver for Excel 2008 is back, free and immediately available for download. Contact: Daniel Fylstra Frontline Systems 775-831-0300 [email protected]

INCLINE VILLAGE, NV -- August 29, 2008 -- Solver, a feature that some users missed when Excel 2008 for Macintosh was first released, is back as a free download from Frontline Systems, the original Solver developers. It’s available now for download.

“We are incredibly happy that Solver is now available for Excel 2008,” said Gavin Shearer, Program Manager in Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit. “Our great working relationship with Frontline Systems made it possible to deliver Solver quickly, efficiently, and with high quality.”

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“We’re offering Solver free for Excel 2008 as a way of re-introducing ourselves to Mac users,” said Daniel Fylstra, Frontline Systems’ President. “We developed the very first Solver for Excel on the Mac, but for many years our product focus has been on Windows. With the Mac’s recent resurgence, we felt this was a good way for us to get back onto the Mac platform.”

How Solver Went Away ... and Came Back

Solver was dependent on Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) which was removed in Office 2008 for Mac. However, there was a set of Mac users who missed Solver – especially MBA students with Macs who expected to use Solver in management science courses starting this Fall. Through a variety of forums and blogs, they asked ‘What happened to Solver?’

Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit (MacBU) was listening, and contacted Frontline Systems to discuss what it would take to bring Solver back. Solver’s user interface was rewritten in AppleScript. Solver’s number-crunching code in C++, designed to interact with Excel through other APIs, was also re-engineered to talk to Excel via AppleScript. A cooperative effort, with Frontline Systems developing the code and writing help pages, and MacBU providing AppleScript support, testing and localization, yielded a new Solver for Excel 2008 users.

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Solver for Excel 2008 supports both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs running OSX 10.4.11 (Tiger) or later and OSX 10.5.4 (Leopard) or later. It includes language support for English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Swedish. Solver requires Excel 12.1.2 or later; Office 2008 users can obtain 12.1.2 through Microsoft AutoUpdate, or by visiting

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About Frontline Systems, Inc.

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Frontline Systems, Inc. ( is a leading developer of optimization and simulation software, and the leader in spreadsheet optimization software that helps analysts and managers optimally allocate scarce resources -- money, equipment, and people -- to realize substantial cost savings. Frontline developed the solvers/optimizers in Microsoft Excel, Lotus 1-2-3 and Quattro Pro, distributed to more than 500 million spreadsheet users. Founded in 1987, Frontline is headquartered in Incline Village, Nevada (775-831-0300 or [email protected]). Premium Solver is a trademark of Frontline Systems, Inc.

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