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Discussion in 'iPad at Work' started by CryptoMuseum, May 7, 2012.

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    Hello all: I work with my new iPad while traveling, connected via wifi or cell
    modem. I have PCs and use MS Office, Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Also Adobe PDF. I use both iTunes as well as FTP and USB/flash key apps to move files about.
    I would like to get just ONE suite, rather than deal with several.
    All my Office files are from Office 2007.

    Of the several Office Suite apps that claim to be capable of viewing and editing MS office
    files, all seem to have mixed/faulty tools for import or export of files to other apps
    or to other devices: incapable of the file transfer or loss of format and other
    file information.

    The top choices: (I am open to others)

    Apple's iWork Suite: Pages/Numbers/Keynote
    Documents to Go
    Quickoffice Pro HD


    My usage and file properties for each type of file:

    Excel: Edit and read spreadsheets with just summation or add/sub/mult formulas, no macros, but some have charts.

    Word: Edit and read simple docs without fancy formatting or complex images. Example: Do a text edit and insert a signature image.

    PPT: Take an existing PPT, move or drop slides. Most have a lot of images, and can be 50..100 slides and sizes to 30 Megs.

    I need to easily move files in and out of the app, e.g. from/to email attachment or via FTP using iPad FTP apps. Most files will be on USB or flash cards or sent via email

    I do not want to waste time or $, any reviews or user experiences with these apps will be appreciated.

    Kind Regards,

    Jon
    Crypto-Museum

    PS: As a 30 yr MS/Windows user, with no MACs, only iPad3 and iPhone, I am most uncomfortable with the Apple closed system's attempt to prevent you from having the freedom to move, access and manipulate your own files. Any app that makes the file management process it easier or more transparent has my vote.
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    I'm in a similar boat as you. I've read reviews and watched review on YouTube, and can't make up my mind as to which one is truly the best overall Office suite. I don't have an issue with spending up to $20 for such an app, but I want to spend it on the RIGHT ONE and just once.

    Looking forward to hearing what others have to say about it.
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    Hi,

    I bought all the app mentioned and my favorites are the individual iWorks apps.

    I heavily use keynote. I prepare ppt files on my PC and import the files either via dropbox or via Goodreader (for file management) into keynote where I add audio or video content.
    I especially tested DTG and QO HD for ppt usage but I found that both failed for me as far as slide handling or faulty imports are concerned.

    I tested all of them for word processing and calculations, and here again I would go for pages and numbers, but as I do not heavily use these apps on the iPad I don't consider my evaluation as good enough to give advise to you.

    Hope this helps.

    Knut
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    For editing Excel and Word, I use CloudOn, just save your files to iCloud and then use CloudOn to view/edit them.
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    By identifying how you use Office type apps, you accurately help in my assessment. Thank you.
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    Hello! Yes ipad is really helpful device to run our activities while doing other works.I also use i pad while driving car and walking through .

    Thanks :)
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    I am currently using QuickOffice HD because it allows me to organize my files into folders and hide them so I can maintain the confidentiality of my clients. I also am using notability for the same purpose (its my inking tool). In my job I go to peoples homes and my Ipad is a tool to take notes.
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    It seems that MS is in the process of making an Office App that is due out this fall. Hopefully this will be whateveryone is looking for.
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    That would be great, but meanwhile - after their "Surface" surfaced - I am not that much positiv about a MS Office App on the iPad.
    What do you think?

    Knut
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    What does one gain by getting iworks vs each app individually?
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    I think iWorks is just the term that refers to all 3 apps
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    Combination of DropBox and CloudOn works perfectly.
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    Thanks for this tip. Really useful and exactly what I needed. :eek:
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    Unfortunately only while having a good internet connection...

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    I tried a few but use Quick Office HD
    However in my field .pdf rules
    PDF EXPERT - does the trick. I use it with Dropbox and PDF SPLICER as well as scanner pro. I work in construction and I used to spend way to much time in an office trailer. Now I can do it all from the field and be a lot more productive.
    It is so sweet to be able to make your own templates and use the diction function

    One issue I have with Quick Office is that you lose pull down tabs once it is in the program... A big downside for heavy excel users


    I also just started using nebulous notes...... Even a better diction function


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    I have tried CloudOn and OnLiveDesktop. But I prefer the later. I can enter/edit mathematical expressions in word and run/edit powerpoint slideshow with audio/video and macro. It is because it has Office 2010 Suite excluding OneNote and Publisher. I can also read pdf files using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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