Another comparison was undertaken here....
The Apple iWorks Office suite for the iPad has a set of useful Help pages that show their capabilities here...
Pages is Word compatible and can read .doc and .docx files and save in .doc and .pdf
Keynote is PowerPoint compatible and can read .ppt and .pptx files and save in .ppt and .pdf
Numbers is Excel compatible and can read .xls and .xlsx files and save in .xls and .pdf
Apple - Support - iOS Apps - Welcome
Original IPad, 64gb WiFi (Canadian 3G pricing is, well, expensive is being polite).
I use it as a laptop replacement when out of the house, do a lot of writing and research using it. I also use it as an e- reader. I'm a professional writer, do non-fiction on computers, copyright, old farm equipment, and whatever else take my fancy, and of course pays. I'm also a publisher, with my own series of ISBNs.
You can find my writing on SemiAccurate, mad hatter.ca, wayneborean.ca, and weblit.ca (I own the last three sites).
Oh yes, and the Canadian Recording Industry Association hates me, but that's a long story
Pages for the IPad has only one serious failing, and that is it's inability to support Indexes. This is a major issues when you are working on a book and have hit 40,000 plus words, and add a couple of chapters while traveling, and find out when you get home that your formatting is all gone weird. This is a major problem, and Apple needs to address it post haste.Originally Posted by Tim SPRACKLEN
I don't know about KeyNote (I personally think that presentation software was designed to drive us all insane) but I can assure you as a professional writer that the IPad (I have a 64GB first gen WiFi only unit) works fairly well. My only major complaint is that it doesn't handles indexes, or at least if it does, it does so in a way not compatible with Pages on the Mac.Originally Posted by Plainsman
And this is a real nuisance with large documents.
I suspect that Apple will fix this in the next release. I can't be the only person working with large documents
I doubt that we'll ever get a 'full' WP package on the iPad, though I'm surprised that some enterprising developer hasn't seen fit to work on one given the number of requests we get at iPad Forum.
Fascinating. I'd never noticed superscript and subscript weren't there. Guess that shows you how often I use the.Originally Posted by Tim SPRACKLEN
As to some developer getting involved, the most likely developer can't because the app store won't allow LGPL Licensed software, which I think is a terrible mistake on Apple's part. FYI, I'm the lunatic which started a terrible row by prediction that Microsoft will be in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy by the Fall of 2014 by reading their Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Do a Google search on the term "Microsoft Death Watch", you will get a ton of hits, most of which will probably take you to my site, or to someone who links back to me. I made that prediction before anyone knew about the IPad, or how it would eat into Microsoft's sales (check for articles on drops in classical mechanical hard drive sales as one reference point).
One of the reasons that I made the call when I did was that Microsoft's numbers were no long making any sense. I spent a long time beating my head against the wall until I was able to put the answer together. IWork is one of the answers to the question "why is Microsoft's profitability dropping". There are a bunch of other answers, like Google Docs. I don't know if it will let me use a link (it would't before):
The article covers a series of actions taken by Apple which could be regarded as attacks on Microsoft. It's an impressive list. Truly impressive.
Similarly, footnotes are correctly displayed but there is no facility (that I've found) to insert new ones. Maybe there's a similar ugly workaround, but I've been unable to use the 'subscript technique' to do this. Clearly I don't have a devious enough mind.
I've not done a comprehensive analysis of symbol font, but certainly most Greek characters are displayed correctly (pi, alpha, gamma, kappa etc) as well as the 'trademark' and 'registered' character (are they symbol font?) so I'm assuming the copy-and-paste technique would work.
Hi everyone....i've just bought an ipad from ebay to use for games.
I'm an ipad newbie....so please be patient with me