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  • Option A – Desktop software for Windows which provides electronic data entry forms.  We recommend this option for most users who have application or sales data to report.  Option A now includes the third-party file validation functionality that was formerly part of Option C.  Use this option to check whether your ASCII text files meet our PRL Text File Specifications.
  • Option B D (Installed version) – This option replaces Option B, which is no longer available.  It includes the same Control Center user interface as Option B did but uses standard Microsoft Excel spreadsheets as forms.  These spreadsheets do not include any macros or custom code.

  • Option – A desktop application that requires Microsoft Excel on Windows.  This option is recommended for users of Excel but does require some additional configuration.
    Options D & O – Formatted Microsoft Excel spreadsheets with none of the features that were provided by Option B.  This option is recommended for users having difficulty installing Option BA or D, Macintosh users of Excel, and users of the 64-bit version of Excel.  Option O is similar to Option D, but may be used with an “Excel-compatible” spreadsheet program, such as Apple’s Numbers, Google Sheets, or’s Calc.

Additional Considerations

Options A - B require D (installed version) require installation on your computer.  If you are using a computer on which you cannot install software, Options D or O may work for you since it does not require installation; each of the four forms is a separate download.

Option D provides little minimal assistance to the user except for formatting the PRL spreadsheets. There is no built-in assistance function for uploading a PRL report to the NYSDEC. This option is recommended only for recommended for users who have expertise with Excel but cannot use any of the other Options (e.g., users who cannot run Windows-based programs or Excel workbooks with VBA Macros).


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Option B does not work with 64-bit Excel.  For most users, Microsoft does not recommend using 64-bit Excel for most users. To determine whether you have the 32 or 64-bit version see this article.