New ipad user here and driven demented!

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  1. BALDYMONSTER
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    Hi everyone, after spilling a pint of water all over my prized Toshiba laptop I decided to get one of these here iPads

    Now, due to my business requiring me to do a lot of deliveries and on the spot sales I am having a nightmare finding software that is compatible with Microsoft word/excel/ spreadsheet etc.

    I have emailed all my trade and rep price lists that I had stored on pen drive to my email which is set up on here but quite simply they will not open? How can I open and save them to my desktop?

    Additionally, I need to be able to print off invoices and price lists to my HP C4580 wireless printer as well, but tried all the apps but getting nowhere. :(

    Basically I need my ipad to be as "business/office friendly" as possible, especially as I have a new unit opening in two weeks so I am panicking a touch. ;)

    I'm sure there is a very simple solution to all this but having used Microsoft everything for years, apart from my beloved iPhone I'm kind of lost and would appreciate any help at all if possible.

    Thanks in advance,

    Chris.
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    Pages is Word equivalent, Numbers for Excel and Keynote for PowerPoint. All three apps open their MS equivalent files. You save the documents within the apps themselves, using folders if desired, and from the apps you can also wireless prints, email as PDFs etc.

    As far as I'm aware, you can't save a document to the desktop as the iPad doesn't really have a desktop like a pc does. It is all stored within the app. I yearn for Apple to introduce a file/subfolder/folder system but as yet you are limited to creating only folders.
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    Just reread your post and see you have an iPhone too. These apps are compatible with the iPhone and you can easily sync Pages, Number and Keynote documents between devices via the iCloud. Make sure you have Documents and Data turned on to sync in the iCloud settings on both devices. This is a GREAT feature!
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    I like iWorks, but if the OP needs to maintain the ability to constantly switch from a computer using Office Suite, and co-worker use Office Suite, then it is a bad choice. iWorks isn't so much compatible with Office as it is capable of converting documents to and from Office. This works very nicely when you only move the documents once, but if you keep moving the same documents back and forth they tend to accumulate errors.

    A better choice would be a combination of DropBox, Box (or some other good cloud service) and one of the Office compatible suites that don't actually convert the document type. QuickOffice, Office HD, and Documents to Go are among the more popular. They do not allow for editing all the features in a document, but what they won't edit the generally leave alone.

    If a fast internet connection can be guaranteed at least most of the time, then OnLive and CloudOn should also be considered. These run actual version of Microsoft Office on remote serves. The interface is less than optimal, and can be slow, but you get near 100% compatibility.

    If you are already an Office 365 user, then Microsoft has it's own suite of iPad apps. They don't offer a lot of features, but they are fully compatible.

    For forms and invoices, you might look at FormConnect.

    Or if you already have PDF forms Adobe Reader will fill them out, and is free. I use PDF Expert, and like it. There are several other good PDF annotation apps that can do this.


    Now the disclaimer: I don't do business on my iPad, and most of the apps I mentioned I'm recommending second hand. I suggest you do some research on each, and others that you can find in the App Store. Also, hopefully some of the more business oriented members here will chime in.
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    Thanks guys that's been really helpful, I have saved all my work price sheets and price lists to Dropbox.

    Next problem is being able to connect to my wireless printer to enable me to print things out?
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    Have you tried HP ePrint app?
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    Downloaded this app, but it can't seem to find my printer?

    Any ideas?
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    Welcome aboard Chris!

    Great to see some of your issues being resolved!
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    The ideal solution for printing is to use AirPrint unfortunately your printer due to its age does not support AirPrint so you may have to bite the bullet and purchase a new printer

    I use quick sale app for iPad great for quoting and invoicing It is well supported simple to use and generates PDF invoices plus reports
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    Both (iPad and printer) are connected to the same Wi-Fi?
    The printer has to be turned on, sometimes it's possible that you have to wait a little (1 or 2 minutes) until the iPad detects the printer.
    It's possible that your printer isn't supported by the app. Then it would be the best solution to get an airprint printer, as col.bris already told you.
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    And just as an FYI--PDF expert app for the iPhone has gone free. Hurry because this will change back and return to the regular price of $9.99!

    PDF Expert (professional PDF documents reader) http://appsgonefree.getapp.cc/app/US/323133888
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    Awesome, I've just downloaded it, thanks Ski!

    The Archangel
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    Office HD and Quick Office both good, especially the former. Both compatible with Microsoft documents. I use Office HD all the time.

    Sent from my iPad 2 using iPF
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    Done, thanks for the heads up!
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    Download link?

    Please. ;)
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    Y'all are very welcome! :)
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    The obvious solution is the give the iPad to someone as a gift and buy another Windows laptop. DW got an iPad as a gift, replacing an ASUS Net-book that got a Pinot Grgio bath while powered up. I've been an MS user since Win 3.0. I really dislike the iPad - too gimmicky/smart-alecky and so deliberately "we aren't Microsoft so figure it out!"

    I've just about given up on it and will only do the bare minimum necessary to keep DW happy with it.
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    LOL...For someone who dislikes the iPad so much you've been handling it for quite a while now. Well, at least the DW seems to like it still and keeps turning to you for your apparent expert iPad advice.
    As the OP'S question appears to have been answered and you've tacked your post onto a fairly old thread, we'll close that thread now.
    Andrew


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