Excel capabilities on iPad

Discussion in 'iPad at Work' started by amanda.d, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. amanda.d

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    I would really like to purchase an iPad, but I want to make sure I can use it for creating Excel files. I need it for Quantitative Chemistry work (if anyone happens to be a chemist and understands what that entails). I need to be able to preform not only the basic Excel functions, but also the "Solver" and "Data Analysis" tools. I know there are apps and websites that can be used to create .xlsx files on the iPad, but do any have ALL these capabilities?

    I hope someone knows about this! I have asked 2 Apple representatives, and a couple Best Buy employees and haven't had any luck with anyone knowing enough about excel to know what I was talking about. The best I got was to purchase a Macbook Air just in case I couldn't, but I REALLY don't want to spend the $1000+

    Thank You!
     
  2. msstormies

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    http://www.bytesquared.com/products/office/iphone/
    This might work looking for one, for my son to.
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  3. msstormies

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    Found some more

    http://www.dataviz.com/products/documentstogo/iphone/

    There is this one but the app and site don't make since


    http://www.futuremediastudio.com/
     
  4. giradman

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    Hi Amanda - welcome to the forum! :)

    There are a number of MS Office type applications that are available for the iPad - I'm using Numbers which is part of the iWork Suite and $10 from the Apple App store - I've created and imported a few Excel files - this is pretty impressive on the iPad but certainly does not have the power & features of the MS version - you'll have to do some research or await others' responses.

    There are a number of excellent threads here on 'business apps' if you care to search - hopefully others will chime in to help - good luck!
     
  5. Gzoladz

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    I personally do not like Numbers and use Quickofficeinstead. However, its functionality is limited compared to that of the pc version.

    If Excel is what you need, I would not get an ipad but a netbook or small laptop instead for half the price.
     
  6. Tim SPRACKLEN

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    One of our members carried out a survey of Office apps for his company; you can see his conclusions in this thread...

    http://www.ipadforums.net/new-member-introductions-site-assistance/22431-hi-all.html

    Another comparison was undertaken here....

    http://www.ipadforums.net/iwork-forum/36629-office-app-comparison.html


    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


    Tim
     
  7. msstormies

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    This is fantastic thank u!
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  8. Twiddles

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    iPad just doesn't do Excel correctly unless it's the most basic type. Anything using list functions or data filter functions just don't work. Frustrating as I need both to use the IPad as my source for the documents.

    You can still use an RDP though and then use Excel natively on a PC or Mac
     
  9. WilsonKiw

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    Twiddles suggestion above is the most practical. Use a VPN to access Excel from a PC or Mac.

    Tips For Excel has some other solutions for using Excel on the iPad too

    tips-for-excel.com/2011/07/how-to-use-excel-on-an-ipad/

    Does anyone else know the best option for making powerpoint presentations on iPad for use on a PC later on?
     
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    You could use Keynote and export the presentations that you made to PDF. But I bet that you want them as PowerPoint files right? Currently, I think it can't be done yet using Keynote. I think QuickOffice Pro HD will serve you better.
     

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