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5 good office apps for the iPad

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

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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

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Office2 HD

This is an office suite that has a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation app integrated in one interface. It handles most documents created in Microsoft Office, including DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PDF, PPT, PPTX and TXT file formats.

Office2 HD can access major cloud storage services, including Google Drive, Dropbox, Box.net, Microsoft SkyDrive, Huddle, ShareFile and any WebDAV server. Files can be read and written to these services inside the app. 

Of particular note, word processor documents created, spreadsheets, and presentations can be output in PDF format. Documents can also be emailed from within the app.

This is the author's favorite office suite for the iPad.

$7.99 in iTunes

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Quickoffice

This office suite from Google is free and is designed for working with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and PDF documents. It requires a Google account and is tightly integrated with the Google Drive cloud storage. 

Quickoffice is not the best office suite in this collection, but it's a solid performer for no cost. The spreadsheet functionality is good and can handle many Excel spreadsheets without problems.

Note that this suite was originally Quickoffice Pro HD until the company was bought by Google. The free Quickoffice app is the newest version released by Google and includes all functionality of the previous version.

Free on iTunes

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DocsToGo

This is a full-featured office suite that integrates word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and PDF file handling. It can work directly with Microsoft Office documents, and is especially good at handling sophisticated documents.

The document editors in DocsToGo are very basic but may be all some professionals need.

$9.99 in iTunes

 

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Pages, Numbers, Keynote from Apple

This isn't an office suite, it consists of three separate apps from Apple. All are optimized for touch operation better than any other apps in this collection.

Pages is a word processor that makes it easy to create elaborately formatted documents. Numbers is a spreadsheet app that is designed to make the most of the iPad's screen. Keynote is a presentation app that can be used to create attractive presentations complete with animated effects. In typical Apple fashion all three apps have professional templates to simplify the building of new documents.

All three apps work with Apple's iCloud storage.

Apple recently created a stir with the announcement that these three apps are now free for buyers of new iOS and OS X devices.

Pages -- $9.99 (free on new iPads)

Numbers -- $9.99 (free on new iPads)

Keynote -- $9.99 (free on new iPads)

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