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

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Hi, Learned how to 2-way sync pdf-files between dropbox and PDF Expert.
But the changes – highlighting, underlining - I done on my iPad will not shows on the file that is â€re-synced†to dropbox.
Shouldn’t it?

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Thanks in advance – any answer will be appreciated
//Peter from Sweden, Europe

Hi, did you save those changes and annotations as flattened?
 

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Hi guys,

Brand new to ipad, should be arriving in the mail in a week or so. Bought it for surfing but want to use it for work. Was hoping you could clarify some things for me. Here is what I want to use it for at work. I work out in the field with no access to wi-fi or 3G. In the past i have used an Excel spreadsheet on a laptop and filled in the various cells with my comments. I then send this to my customer with my recommendations.

What I am wondering is can I save a blank copy of a spreadsheet with the various headings so that I can pull it up every week and make notes on how things have changed from the weeks before? Ideally I would pull up the sheet from the previous week, observe the notes and record any changes or new observations. I need to save this somewhere that I can access it without having wi-fi or 3G access?

Any insight and info would be very much appreciated!
 

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Hi, Learned how to 2-way sync pdf-files between dropbox and PDF Expert.
But the changes – highlighting, underlining - I done on my iPad will not shows on the file that is â€re-synced†to dropbox.
Shouldn’t it?

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Please excuse my English, while this isn´t my native language
Thanks in advance – any answer will be appreciated
//Peter from Sweden, Europe

Hi, did you save those changes and annotations as flattened?

No, I haven´t saved them at all. Didn´t know that I had to to that:confused:

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Please excuse my English, while this isn´t my native language
Thanks in advance – any answer will be appreciated
//Peter from Sweden, Europe
 

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need good Excel app that will edit, share and save

Not just read.
the Numbers app seems to have very mixed reviews. Any other suggestions?
 

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Just wondering what the best app is for annotating word doc's? I've heard Pages / iWorks, but have found that others recommend Documents 2 Go. I'm mainly interested in annotating word doc's w/ my stylus on my iPad. Any suggestions about the best app to get? Thanks!
 

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Just wondering what the best app is for annotating word doc's? I've heard Pages / iWorks, but have found that others recommend Documents 2 Go. I'm mainly interested in annotating word doc's w/ my stylus on my iPad. Any suggestions about the best app to get? Thanks!

There isn't one for the iPad. Best you can do is make it into a pdf and annotate that with GoodReader.

The iPad could be a great business tool but things like this demonstrate that it isn't and is not intended to be. Entertainment is what it's about.
 

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TonyR said:
There isn't one for the iPad. Best you can do is make it into a pdf and annotate that with GoodReader.

The iPad could be a great business tool but things like this demonstrate that it isn't and is not intended to be. Entertainment is what it's about.

That's quite a sweeping statement, I used my iPad to run a multi-million pound project for almost 2 months.......it coped fine except for two specific occasions. On those two occasions we found workarounds. Whilst it may not suit every business yet, it certainly can be done......I refer to earlier quotes, it's just a different way of doing things and although sometimes a bit frustrating........show me any piece of complex technology which isn't a bit frustrating at times.

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You can always email the PDF to yourself. When you open up the attachment, it will ask where you want to put it. You can select iBooks which reads PDF files quite nicely.
 

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TonyR said:
There isn't one for the iPad. Best you can do is make it into a pdf and annotate that with GoodReader.

The iPad could be a great business tool but things like this demonstrate that it isn't and is not intended to be. Entertainment is what it's about.

That's quite a sweeping statement, I used my iPad to run a multi-million pound project for almost 2 months.......it coped fine except for two specific occasions. On those two occasions we found workarounds. Whilst it may not suit every business yet, it certainly can be done......I refer to earlier quotes, it's just a different way of doing things and although sometimes a bit frustrating........show me any piece of complex technology which isn't a bit frustrating at times.

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So, when you were compiling the project reports how did you cope on the iPad with tracking changes and comments from other contributors?

That's quite a basic business functionality that I have not found a viable workaround for.
 

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TonyR said:
So, when you were compiling the project reports how did you cope on the iPad with tracking changes and comments from other contributors?

That's quite a basic business functionality that I have not found a viable workaround for.

We used two methods, marking up pdf's and highlighting text in docs.........normally I would consider this a painful way to do it but when you have no option (I lost the ability to walk during this period) you find alternative methods and just get on with it. My team worked with this with no dissent at all and I would suggest that their time management was better as they had to focus more intently on the tasks in hand.

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TonyR said:
So, when you were compiling the project reports how did you cope on the iPad with tracking changes and comments from other contributors?

That's quite a basic business functionality that I have not found a viable workaround for.

We used two methods, marking up pdf's and highlighting text in docs.........normally I would consider this a painful way to do it but when you have no option (I lost the ability to walk during this period) you find alternative methods and just get on with it. My team worked with this with no dissent at all and I would suggest that their time management was better as they had to focus more intently on the tasks in hand.

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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?
 

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TonyR said:
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?

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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Seriously, I am old enough to remember running projects without computers and mobile phones........

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

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

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.
 

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TonyR said:
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.

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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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!
 

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