App to convert MS Office files to PDF?

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    I'm looking for an app that will let me convert an MS Office file (.docx, .xlsx, etc.) to a PDF from within Mail. I want to preserve the tracking of changes and comments primarily. I can do this with no problem from my computer but would like a way to do it right on my iPad when I'm traveling and don't have my computer with me. Does any type of utility like this exist? Otherwise I think I'll get Docs to Go since I know it can handle viewing of tracking changes and comments.

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    The "Pages" app can do this, albeit in a rather roundabout way. It's an app you may want to consider getting anyway, as it has some WP functionality; it can deal with .doc files and can mimic MSWord to some extent.

    If you open the file in Pages, you can then email it to yourself in PDF form - it gives you a choice of formats. Once you have it in PDF, there are several apps that will handle annotations etc. Goodreader is an excellent one; other members may have different suggestions.

    For .xls files, the equivalent app "Numbers" may do the same thing, but I am by no means a financial genius so I avoid .xls files, LOL.
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    Thanks for the suggestion but Pages cannot handle Word's track changes so if you open up a Word doc that has track changes enabled, Pages will not carry those forward. Based on everything I've been able to learn it seems like Documents to Go is the only solution right now.
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    Up your files to Google Docs and export as a pdf on Google Docs options, this is not the best way, but it is the only one I have.
    "I'm looking for an app that will let me convert an MS Office file (.docx, .xlsx, etc.) to a PDF from within Mail."x2
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    To do this you'll need an app that is 100% fluent with MS office files and layouts. I've yet to find one.
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    From Office 2007 onward, you can directly save a file as PDF.

    Microsoft Office web app is also fully compliant with Office files.
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    As noted by the OP, no problems doing this in normal, but he wants to exclusively use his iPad to do it :)
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    That is correct. I ended up buying Documents to Go Premium and so far it works great with tracked changes and comments in Word (docx) files opened directly from Mail.
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    Have you tried Office To PDF app?

    The Archangel
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    I haven't tried that one. It looks very interesting. Since it's done on their server and not locally on the iPad it would violate my company's security policies.
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    Can you not email a file to yourself? It converts straight out of the mail app.

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    Have you looked at Print2pdf? I just bought it, and it seems to work fine on smaller files---but it crashes on my large ones.
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    Office2HD saves your office files to PDF.
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    Thanks for all of the suggestions everyone. I have what I need for now but will check out these apps for other uses.
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    I bought and liked, but I think it only works connected to
    Internet :confused:

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