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I-Pad to run Powerpoint?

by Claner / September 6, 2010 2:18 AM PDT

I am considering the purchase of an I-Pad for use during travel (I am a consultant and need Word, Excel and Powerpoint). Questions:

1) Will the I-Pad be a reliable companion product for interchanging files, making Powerpoint Presentations, etc?

2) What is the best "App" or software to buy for the I-Pad to make it MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint compatible in both directions?

I have been a 100% PC guy to-date and I have several years worth of files to think about. I have 0% experience with Apple, but I'm intrigued with the idea of the I-Pad as a "back-up hard drive with a screen", light, easy to travel with, etc.

I visited the local Apple Store and they said this was possible, but none of the kids running the store really knew anything about it (one of the kids showed me an App that I could buy on-line for 10 bucks that would convert files to use in the I-Pad, but he really didn't know anything about it).

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There is no MS Office product for the iPad, but
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 6, 2010 4:59 AM PDT

Apple make a product called iWork for iPad.
It contains Pages (a word processor), Numbers (Spreadsheet) and Keynote (Presentation)

Pages opens and saves as Word documents but Numbers and Keynote do not yet have the same functionality.
Doubtless it will be forthcoming.

Check it out here:


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by naturist / September 11, 2010 11:15 AM PDT

I bow to a previous poster's knowledge on this topic, as I don't have an iPad.

I do know, however, that the full Mac OS X versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers all read and can export to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel formats. If the iPad versions do not yet, they should soon do so. It should be noted that Pages and Numbers are not as fully featured as Word and Excel, although Keynote has in some ways more features than PowerPoint.

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