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Diamond Lane – A better way to work together in Excel

  • On-demand sharing of information allowing for local what-ifs
  • Work in Excel. Share cell-level data securely via cloud Digital Ledger Server
  • Work at the same time (no more file lockouts)
  • No more emailing the latest spreadsheet
  • Understand and track who has changed what, when, and why
  • No need for conference/video calls to go over Excel files
  • Get to business decisions faster
  • Go live with your team in minutes
  • Safe - Installer/Add-in certified by Digicert. Secure - hosted by Rackspace

    So what do I do now? Download The Diamond Lane Excel Add-in

  • Getting Started

    1. Open up the Excel file you want to share.
    2. Click Diamond Lane on the Excel ribbon menu.
    3. Click on Login/Register command in the menu then the Register link to establish your user credentials.
    4. Click on Excel tab you want to share. Click on Save to DL to save the worksheet data to the secure Digital Ledger cloud.
    5. Click on Share My Workbook. This will create an email with the workbook as an attachment. Put in the email addresses of the people you want collaborate with, then send them the email. You only need to do this once.
    6. You can now share your changes with collaborators by clicking on Save to DL. To see changes from others, click on Refresh from DL.
    7. You are all set – you can now share information easy, simple, fast.
    1. Click on the Installer link in the invitation email. Download and install Diamond Lane.
    2. Open up the Excel file attached to the invitation email.
    3. Click Diamond Lane on the Excel ribbon menu.
    4. Click on Login/Register command in the menu then the Register link to establish your user credentials.
    5. The workbook will then be saved to your local machine and Refreshed so you see the latest changes from other users.
    6. You can now share your changes with other collaborators by clicking on Save to DL. To see changes from others, click on Refresh from DL.
    7. You are all set – you, too, can now share information easy, simple, fast.

    Application Templates

    Click here to access the current Diamond Lane application templates.

    Help Guide

    Save Data: Allows data in the current sheet to be saved in the database server
    Refresh Data: Retrieves data for all the changes from the database server
    Owner: The person who initiates the collaboration. He/She emails the work book to the intended audience
    Collaborator(s): These are the team member(s) to whom the Owner has emailed the work book.
    History: Diamond Lane automatically keeps track of every change made by the Owner and Collaborator. So the user can view/review the sequence of changes.

    When you open the MS EXCEL document after installing Diamond Lane, you will see the menu item below:

    When you click on the Diamond Lane menu, the following ribbon shows up.

    In order to use Diamond Lane, you must first Register. The registration process is very simple. Click on Login/Register then the Register link. Enter your name, email and establish a password. Once you are registered login requires only email and password.

    The following password complexity is enforced:

    • Password should contain minimum of 8 characters
    • Password should have at least one UPPER CASE character
    • Password should have at least one lower case character
    • Password should have at least one numeric character
    • Password should have at least one special character
    • Password should not repeat characters
    • Password should be different from the user name
    • Once all fields are correctly entered, you will see all green checkmarks, then click the OK to complete the registration.
    • You will then be automatically logged in.

    This feature is the cornerstone of collaborating using Diamond Lane. The workbook owner can initiate a collaboration by clicking Share My Workbook. This will create an Outlook email with the workbook as an attachment. Put in the email addresses of the people you want collaborate with, then send them the email.

    For non Outlook email clients, Diamond Lane supports copying the pre-filled message text to the clipboard for pasting. The user can open create an email, paste the message, attach the work book, fill in the emails and send it out for collaboration.

    When the Save to DL command is selected, the following happens:

    • The first time Save to DL is selected, the active worksheet tab is saved on the server
    • After the initial Save to DL, only incremental changes are submitted to the server

    For the workbooks you want to share, you can save the data on a server and then share the workbook. The data is stored in the cloud or inside the enterprise depending on the configuration suggested by your IT. Once the data is saved to the server, you can now share updates from your team worldwide.

    Diamond Lane uses a fully secured, transaction chained, time series based digital ledger database to allow seamless Excel collaboration while working in isolation. Press on the Save to DL button when you are ready. This saves your data locally as well as on the server.

    If you are not already logged in, the Login/Register dialog will be displayed. Once you enter your credentials, a progress bar will be displayed that shows the data saving progress.

    When the Refresh from DL command is selected, the following happens:

    • The first time Refresh is selected, all spreadsheet data is refreshed from the server.
    • From the second refresh onwards, only incremental changes are refreshed from the server.

    Press on the Refresh from DL command button when you are ready. Changes made by other users will then be brought into your workbook. You can see the changed values by hovering over the cells that have an Excel comment added to them.

    If you are not already logged in the “LOGIN” dialog will be displayed. Once you enter your credentials, a progress bar will be displayed that shows the data refreshing progress.

    The first window that appears when you click Cell History is the activity period. The activity period is defaulted to PAST WEEK. The date range can be changed by the user

    At any time, a user can review the cell history to see who, what, and when the values were changed. This is done not only for the data but for formulae as well.

    If the user has been working on a worksheet for a long time, it is easy to lose track of the changes made. This feature will highlight all the changes made since the last server save. This check helps to avoid accidental mistakes going to the server.

    Once the user has reviewed highlighted changes shown by Excel comments, the user can remove the comments with this command.

    Even if user decides to turn off the notifications, the Activity Log can be opened on demand to see who all have saved their changes or refreshed from the server.

    Notifications provide transparency. Users can configure to receive notifications in real time or once a day as a digest. As you collaborate with users in different time zones, this functionality helps you to understand whether you need to refresh and review prior to saving your changes to the server.

    The default setting for OWNER is immediate notification. This can be changed if needed. When a collaborator logs in for the first time, the Owner is notified regardless of configuration.

    Whenever a new sheet is added by the owner, the active collaborators get notified with the worksheet name. The users can click on “Add Missing Sheets” to bring those sheet(s) into their local workbook for collaboration.

    The default setting for the COLLABORATOR is off. It can be configured as per the user’s need.

    When the user clicks Show Collaborators, a window shows up which lists the owner and all the collaborators. The owner can deactivate an existing user or reactivate them as necessary.

    GETTING STARTED GUIDE

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    *Diamond Lane is free of charge for 60 days.