5 good office apps for the iPad

5 good office apps for the iPad

Summary: Who needs Office for iPad with these good alternatives currently available.

TOPICS: Mobility, Apps, iPad, Tablets

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  • 5 good office apps for the iPad

    Much has been written about the lack of Microsoft Office on the iPad but there are good office apps to fill the void. These five apps, actually seven apps, go a long way to provide all the productivity functions most iPad owners need.

    In addition to four office suites there is one utility that every professional will need to add to the app toolbox.

    See related:

    Office for iPad: That ship has sailed

    Why is Microsoft's Office for iPad taking so long?

  • GoodReader

    The iPad has no file manager which is a big omission. Enter GoodReader, an app that provides the ability to work with local files, files in the cloud, and documents saved in other iPad apps. Files can be transferred into GoodReader over wi-fi from other devices.

    GoodReader has file viewers for most file formats used for work, even more than the iOS QuickLook facility. Of particular note is the PDF handling, which includes good mark-up capability. This can be significant for professions that heavily use PDF documents.

    $4.99 in iTunes

Topics: Mobility, Apps, iPad, Tablets

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  • The absolute best Office suite for iPad

    Office Web Apps.

    Just sign on to your Skydive account with Safari or your favorite browser. Get started at...

    • Of course

      The Micr0$uck$ 0riFACE is the only office suite where you can draw pretty pictures and compose documents and spread numbers on a sheet and instant message to others. Why wouldn't EVERYONE want the INNOVATION and INTELLECTUAL property that only the company that invented the Personal Computer (PC) and the internet itself can bring to the table?
      • It's totally compatible, and free!!

        That's why. The Skydrive account is also free...
        • Totally compatible?

          With what is it totally compatible, except with itself?

          By that measure, any "office suite" is totally compatible, too.
      • HackerJ is being sarcastic, isn't s/he?

        Isn't s/he?

        If their post didn't talk about "Micro$oft$ ORIface" I'd assume that they were horribly misinformed!

        As things are, I honestly can't tell whether they like or hate MS Office.

        Also, I can't tell whether the post received 3 flags for subtlety, or because people believe the falsehoods in the post!

        Help me out, please
    • That assumes you have a Skydive account.

      What if you don't have or want one?
      • All you need to do is sign-up for one at SkyDrive.com

        It is ffee and MS gives you 7GB of free cloud storage. If you sign up for Apple's cloud, you only get 5GB and you still need to acquire iWork apps.

        Of course, it is all about personal preference - and whether or not you need to share files with Office users.
        M Wagner
        • Sharing files with Microsoft Office users

          iWork and almost any other suite of productivity apps shares files with Microsoft Office.

          I don't use Windows and therefore can't use their productivity software and yet still exchange Microsoft Office format documents with anyone.

          What else?
        • Like I said,

          What if I don't NEED or WANT one?
          • iTunes Account

            If you don't need or want a Microsoft account you don't have access to Office Web Apps, the same way you don't have access to the new iWorks apps without an iTunes account or Google Apps without a Google Account. How do you expect to access the documents you create without an account?
  • No thank you.

    I'll stay with Microsoft, just as the majority of business users I know and support.
    • I'll continue to avoid Microsoft for as long as I can

      I don't need that expensive, bloated mess.
      • Expensive? Office Web Apps are free ...

        and there is no local code to "bloat-up" your system.
        M Wagner
        • Who said anything about file-size bloat?

          The whole Office environment is stuffed with "features" 90% of people never even touch. It's more anti-productive than anything because of it. Why do you think so many writing apps for authors tout their streamlined, UNCLUTTERED interfaces?
          • Anti-productive

            While Office had a long list of feature I don't use, I just use and focus in the ones I need. Different from the "upgraded" iWorks, that lack many basic features. That's what I call anti-productive, don't you think?


            Maybe you should go to the link above, and clarify how removing features will make them more productive while MSO users are less productive.

          • Some use those features.

            The thing with the "80% of users use 20% of features" (the usual saying) is that those 80% don't always use the *same* 20%. And there's still another 20% of users left over.

            In Word I like to format text using custom styles definitions, not directly setting fonts and colours. A co-worker often works with label templates, which I never needed. Another has to include a lot of cross-references in the document. And so on.

            In Excel I needed the database connection a couple of times and I often use filters. To someone else the "Remove Duplicates" command is priceless. Some make use of calculations and macros too elaborate for the rest of us.

            And while I wouldn't trade MS Office for any other suite, I wouldn't for example recommend it to my mother. I may need some of the features and compatibility (with other Office users), but she'd likely only need some light word processing, for which just about any suite would do, without having to buy a not so very cheap license. In the business, however, good compatibility if often more than worth that cost.

            Also, Office web apps don't include all of the features of their desktop counterparts, or at least they didn't last time I used them.
            Matjaž Miler
  • Compatibility is still an issue

    With some (not all) MS Office-created files from 2007 and later versions, the "office-like" programs from Apple, Google, et al, still have problems displaying content correctly. Font sizes are often different, text is rotated (and sometimes in the wrong place on the document), colors are changed, etc.

    Since the majority of business users still create content in Word and PowerPoint, sharing files can therefore create additional work for the receiver if anything other than MS Office. I've had to devote hours in iOS to fix documents sent to me from MS Office. It's time I often don't have and frustrating. The more complex the document, the more numerous the problems.
    • That depends on what you call, "displaying content correctly".

      Hey, if they show up correctly on my machine, I'm quite happy. I'll just blame Word for screwing it up.
      • You won't be happy if your teacher, your professor, or your employer ...

        ... isn't happy that the document isn't "displaying content correctly".
        M Wagner
        • Your (superior)

          An interesting line of though... do all Microsoft software using individuals are minors? They always have some superior, to whom they report, eh? In a way, they are slaves afraid to tell their boss they might not be using the best tool for the job...

          Might be, this is why I am never inclined to use that "superior" Office suite, for anything.