has confirmed reports
of a bug in its Notes 4.x's viewer when displaying Microsoft
As first reported by BugNet on
Saturday, the problem appears when a user defines a custom number format in
Excel. Some of the numbers will be inaccurate when displayed in Notes,
Lotus' flagship groupware.
The Notes viewer eliminates decimal points from custom formatted numbers,
thus multiplying the value of each decimal number by 100.
Affected versions of the spreadsheet include Excel 5, Excel 6, Excel 95,
and Excel 97.
Lotus told CNET's NEWS.COM that it is aware of the bug and is
currently trying to fix the problem. However, it doesn't see the patch becoming
available until the fourth quarter, when it will be part of forthcoming
Notes 4.5.4 and 4.6.1.
The Notes viewer is actually written by Boston-based Inso. A spokesperson from the company said
the bug came to their attention some time ago.
Paul Lamoureux, a spokesman for Inso, said, "We've already taken care of
the issue in our latest release of the viewer. Lotus has
had that version for a while now, but it is up to them to use it when they
For users not willing to wait until Q4, Lamoureux said Inso already has available a
product that addresses the problem.
QuickView Plus has all of Inso's latest viewer products and can be
downloaded from the company's Web site for $49.