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I've got a handwritten list of about 500 coordinates for sprites on a sprite map in the form X1 Y1 Width Height

I need them outputted into a table with format {X1, Y1, X1+Width, Y1+Height}

I would like to make a VBA macro or something similar to input these numbers with just spaces between and the macro does the math and places them into a table with the above format for me - squiggly brackets included. Also, the table needs to be five coordinate sets wide before it drops down to a new row.

I started out trying to input the four numbers into a VBA input box, but apparently input boxes can only take one variable at a time. Having four separate input boxes pop up every time would drive me crazy and not save much time in the long run, so I need a new solution.

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How about entering them into a spreadsheet? You could have the x values in one column, the y in another, etc. Then in another column write a formula to combine them and output the format you want.

For example if you had a table like:

X   Y   Width   Height  Co-ords
3   4   21      13      {3, 4, 24, 17} 
2   6   78      45      {2, 6, 80, 51}

You could generate the Co-ords column with the following formula:

=CONCATENATE("{", A2, ", ", B2, ", ", (A2 +C2), ", ", (B2+D2), "}")

You can enter this in E2 and then fill down to apply to all cells in that column.

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I like this idea Brad and will go forward with it, but is there a slick way to put it into a 5 by x table? – Chris Mar 7 '13 at 0:54
Not sure if I follow your question. Do you mean put the X values in row 1, Y values in row 2, etc? – Brad Patton Mar 7 '13 at 1:10
No I want it in a table with 5 columns basically – Chris Mar 7 '13 at 1:49
Brad, I'm getting a #VALUE! Error with the format you have above. It seems fine to me, not sure what the problem is. – Chris Mar 7 '13 at 1:55
NP you can mark the answer as accepted if it solves your problem. – Brad Patton Mar 7 '13 at 2:23

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