Numbers and quick office

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  1. froggyboxer

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    Bought docs to go and it does not fill my needs.

    Before I also buy members and quick office, any one out there have these apps?

    Do drop down lists work on their excel version?
     
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    I've only used Numbers. Since I don't need anything other than occasional and limited compatibility with Excel, I've never had any reason to try the others.

    I also have an iMac and the OS X version of Numbers, which greatly expands what I can do, compatibly wise, if I'm willing to spend a little more effort moving the file to the computer first.
     
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    Since you have an iMac it is probably best to use apple apps. I only have Pages for iPad 2 and iPhone 4 as that is all I need at the moment. I have a PC desktop so I guess it doesn't really matter for me. Don't feel like spending the $$$ trying them all out unless there are trial apps available which I think apple has don away with.

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    What it boils down to is that if you are primarily going to create and work with your documents on the iPad, and do not need the fancier features in Excel, then Numbers will be best. If you need to move documents between Excel on a computer and the iPad a lot, and get a few other (but hardly all) Excel features, Documents to Go seems to be the favorite with QuickOffice coming in a close second. None of the apps are 100% compatible with Excel.

    This is not my opinion of the apps themselves, but my impression from reading many reviews and posts in this forum and elsewhere.

    From that point on it's all up to you to decide where your work needs are, and research what app will support those needs best. Unless you are under pressure to get something now, you can take your time reading here and elsewhere (like the developer's websites) before making up your mind.

    Good luck.
     
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    All I need to do is to be able to access docs on the iPad when I need. Still trying to figure out how to upload word / pages docs onto websites.

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    iCab Mobile can upload to most sites, but you have to use the Open In feature to move the documents from it's originating app to iCab Mobile first. You can not do that with Numbers or Pages. They don't have the Open In feature. There are other ways to get around it, but only for selected cloud storage solutions.

    The other Office apps are somewhat more flexible in what services they can use to store docs in the cloud, but they still won't directly upload to a website.

    Because there is no general file system, no web browser or app can select a file not stored in that app's folders for uploading. This is why Safari won't even give you the option. It has no file system for you to choose from. iCab Mobile's developers included a file system in the app, but you have to get the files there before they can be uploaded.

    Most people just go with cloud storage like DropBox or Box.net. You can upload files there, then use their public links to share, mail or reference the files in other places. Both offer limited free accounts. DropBox works well with Documents to Go and QuickOffice. The iWorks suite needs an additional pay-for DropDAV account to work both ways with DropBox. iWorks does fine using the WebDav services of Box.net, but the box net account does not support local file syncing with your computer, not for free anyway. You can mount the service as a drive, or use the browser. Not as nice as DropBoxes folder syncing.

    To just move files back and forth, and view most of them, GoodReader can access (both ways) several different cloud services, including both DropBox and Box.net. It's also an excellent PDF reader/annotator. Worth getting in it's own right for the large number of things it does.
     
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    I have been working with numbers now for a while, and it does allow for drop down boxes.

    This has meant I am able to create spread sheets with drop down boxes for all the options on my costings at work.

    It has made quoting so quick and accurate, as selecting one option activates a set cost to appear in another cell, then as I work through all the drop downs a cost appears for each till I have my price.
     
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    Please do not duplicate threads! Your other was deleted.
     
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