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Best Mobile Office Suite

by techyguy717 / January 11, 2013 3:39 AM PST

What is the best and easiest way to be able to edit Microsoft Office Documents from an iPad including complicated Excel Spreadsheets without messing up the formatting?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2013 3:49 AM PST

The formatting on Office is partially if not entirely driven by the printer driver. Since an iPad and many pads don't have a printer you can't get the "printer metrics" to keep the formatting from getting off kilter.

The Pages you can get on the iPad is great, allows editing and Numbers works fine but your requirement likely is beyond what most want.

Did you try a Windows 8 RT tablet? It's a tablet and comes with a debonaire Microsoft Office Suite.
Bob

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In case you want to know more about this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2013 3:56 AM PST
In reply to: None.
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Maybe I asked wrong.
by techyguy717 / January 11, 2013 4:04 AM PST
In reply to: None.

Basically need to edit documents, then email them to people.

The documents then, of course, need to open correctly again in Microsoft Office.

What is the best app for the ipad to edit documents.

Note: I don't make the purchasing decisions. I have to work with whats available.

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We covered the usual apps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2013 4:17 AM PST
In reply to: Maybe I asked wrong.

But you have to define "best" better. The edited documents do email and open.
Bob

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Re: Excel on iPad
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 11, 2013 9:39 PM PST
In reply to: Maybe I asked wrong.
http://www.macworld.com/article/1168325/editing_excel_files_on_an_ipad.html mentions some options. You'll have to try out to find which one is best suited fort he companies need.

It might be your best option is to switch to a Surface RT (which has a limited version of MS Office) or a full Windows 8 Pro tablet (on which you can install the full MS Office). It all depends on your exact needs.

Kees
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Compatibility
by techyguy717 / January 12, 2013 2:56 AM PST
In reply to: Re: Excel on iPad

In short, Microsoft Office Compatibility.

I've encountered too many compatibility issues with people using non standard Office Programs. (i.e. OpenOffice)

Kees_B, the weblink seems to recommend Office HD and Polaris for retaining Office Compatibility.

Quote: "When you do need to preserve full Office compatibility, Office HD is your best choice, as long as you don't need to import documents containing charts. If creating (or preserving) charts is essential, I'd give the nod to Polaris Office."


Thank You.

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They fibbed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 13, 2013 4:40 AM PST
In reply to: Compatibility

If you try a lot of Excel macros and VBA programming they tend to back peddle on the claims. We still encounter the printer metrics issue.
Bob

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Did you try a Windows 8 RT tablet?
by linda321g / March 5, 2013 6:04 PM PST
In reply to: None.

The Pages you can get on the iPad is great, allows editing and Numbers works fine but your requirement likely is beyond what most want.

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At that price.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2013 10:57 PM PST

I can't find a clear advantage over a common laptop. Yes, I use tablets and at the office we are porting apps but something odd is going on with Windows 8 RT.
Bob

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Something Odd?
by techyguy717 / March 6, 2013 6:48 AM PST
In reply to: At that price.

"Something odd is going on with Windows 8 RT."

What do you mean? Does the Windows 8 RT Office 2013 have compatibility issues, with docs, and spreadsheets?

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Odd as in Microsoft's lockout of apps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 6, 2013 7:03 AM PST
In reply to: Something Odd?

In the past I would pick up Visual Studio and publish my apps. Windows RT as it stands today only allows us to get apps from the Microsoft Store. This is truly an odd turn of events and products.

Since my apps are mostly industrial in nature and we may not have internet access to the Microsoft Store in all areas, how to install our apps without going to Microsoft or the internet.

It's a very strange machine, system and as the moment a lot of cash for a closed computer.
Bob

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