Best apps for working with PDF, Excel and Word files?

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  1. TonyR

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    Which is exactly my point. One of the most basic business functions, reviewing, editing and commenting on documents is not supported. I imagine your work around involved your colleagues having to create and send you a PDF which you then annotated and then someone had to sit down and transcribe your annotations into the document. If you had all been using iPads you simply couldn't have done it.

    And iTunes is not a business tool for getting files on and off an iPad. Yes, there are third party apps like Dropbox and GoodReader, but the basic supplied tool, iTunes, is an entertainment package, not a business one.

    How are you doing for monitoring and updating your project plan too or does that involved someone transcribing your changes for you too?
     
  2. Gabriel1

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    Seriously, I am old enough to remember running projects without computers and mobile phones........I make best use of the technology in front of me however, to answer your question regarding the project plan, I had, prior to my illness the services of a planner, so I was able to update tasks, using a file imported into numbers, with progress, which was then sent on to the planner as I would normally. I was also able to deal with the client through the iPad, manage subcontractors, deal with procurement, resolve design issues, update cost plans (this was the other issue we had, we stripped the formulea from excel sheets, I then updated all the areas to which I would normally then when exported back the cells were copied and pasted into the main spreadsheet which was pdf'd for my final review, however, if we had planned for this we could have looked at a better solution).

    What I had to do was change my way of thinking about how I did my job.......and not only did it work, it worked successfully. We didn't use any additional resource (people or computers) yet maintained the smooth running of the project.......just because we had to change our views from the model you know is not the issue, we made it work and the only resource I had to do this with was an iPad.

    Was it easy, of course not, neither my team nor I had any notice of my illness so we had to make do. The point here is, that it can be used, this was an unplanned event and it worked......if we were to have planned it then a cleaner solution may have been found.

    For your info, iTunes was not utilised for this purpose......in fact I don't think the iPad was connected to the computer during the entire period.

    Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it isn't possible.

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  3. TonyR

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    Me too. But it took a lot more resource than would be generally acceptable today.

    Possible with some effort but it's just that rather than helping the task in hand I tend to find myself fighting Mr Job's machine all the way to make it do what I need to. Not everyone has the luxury of a planner to transcribe the output the iPad can provide into something other people can use.
     
  4. Gabriel1

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    Oh I agree, I actually hate having planners, much rather have control of the plan myself but these days they have cropped so much of our teams when pricing jobs that we can't do some of the tasks I always considered essential anymore.

    Anyway, I think the point was that at a push it can be done and actually I would be happy to try again although preferably with some planning.

    I also think that by the time we get around to iWork 12 or 13, then there will be proper integration of Office including formatting and mark-ups. I also think that someone like Primavera is going to release a planning app before long, as a minimum for updating.....the iPad is the obvious device for this, to be able to update the plan at the work face would be perfect.

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  5. Agi2002

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    Downloaded the quick office And it doesn't work for what I need it for. I uploaded an excel document I need for work and most of the formulas didn't pull through. Not sure if it's because it's a long formula it didn't pull through? Not sure, but I emailed apple and tried to see if they would refund it and they stated it I had to take it up with the developer. Sucks!
     
  6. Gabriel1

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    I would write back to them again, you didn't buy it from the developer, you bought it from Apple, they took your money so they should refund you if it doesn't do what it says it will do.

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  7. Georgemera

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    I have the same problem, I had bought docs to go, quick office, office 2 hd and none of them works with the excel formulas completely, but I can say the best one to do better is Docs to go, It gives you more options to handle documents.

    I hope I could get my money back, but that's another story.

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    Hi guys, what about powerpoint files? Any app recommendations that allows me to edit powerpoint files in an easy/intuitive manner?
     
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    I am studying online open books in iBooks and the pictures don't down load any apps I could use?.. Studying fitness so need see diagrams
     
  10. AlunReynolds

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    Essentially, after much trial and error and despite wanting to believe that the iPad could be a viable business tool, I have admitted defeat and gone back to using a laptop, with windows, for all business purposes. I think the viable business tablet will come eventually. But I think those of us who bought iPads for anything more than media consumption, simple emailing and web surfing have suffered the standard early adopter blues.

    Until a fully Microsoft Office implementation for iPad, a browser for iPad that can handle Microsoft on line document applications or a real equivalent is available the iPad is just a large screen smart phone, but without the phone capability.

    Mind you I have yet to see an alternative tablet that solves all the problems to make it truly business viable.
     

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