Pivot tables can be tricky by nature and a significant portion of my support work has been dedicated to helping customers incorporate pivot tables with ExcelWriter.
One customer wrote in with the following issue: his client had recently imposed a constraint that all reports had to be in the .xls format, so he needed to convert several OfficeWriter reports designed in Excel 2007 to the 2003 format, but he was having trouble switching the pivot tables.
When he tried to save the 2007 format report as a 2003 format report, the pivot tables were locked in a read-only state, wherein users could only edit the pivot tables if the report was resaved in the 2007 format. After doing some testing in Excel 2003 and 2007, I found that this was the native behavior for Excel files as well. Continue reading Pivot Tables Version Nightmare