I am pleased to announce a new general release (0.5.2) of xlrd, a Python package for extracting data from Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
* Book and sheet objects can now be pickled and unpickled. Instead of reading a large spreadsheet multiple times, consider pickling it once and loading the saved pickle; can be much faster.
* Now works with Python 2.1. Backporting to Python 2.1 was partially funded by Journyx - provider of timesheet and project accounting solutions (http://journyx.com/)
* open_workbook() can be given the contents of a file instead of its name.
* Now more tolerant of files written in unexpected ways by 3rd party software.
* Speed improvements. Minor bugfixes.
MAIN FEATURES OF xlrd:
* Library for developers; not a tool for end-users.
* Platform-independent pure Python – you don't need Windows, Excel, COM, ...
* Handles all Excel file versions back to 3.0.
* Strong support for Excel dates.
E-mail to sjmachin at lexicon.net with [xlrd] in the subject.
<P><A HREF="http://www.lexicon.net/sjmachin/xlrd">xlrd 0.5.2</A> - extract data from Excel spreadsheets (17-Mar-06)