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Offline calculator for iPad?

by dodgernine / June 11, 2013 2:47 AM PDT

Help! I need to run a series of price calculators OFFLINE and be able Save As on iPads... Below is a list of what I need to be able to do with the calculators. I know Excel is the perfect program but is there a way on an iPad? Any ideas on the best solution??

-Select from lists (Numbers and the Excel web app do not support data validations, and by lists, I mean long lists so Numbers' pop-up menu won't work)
-Enter information such as quantities and discounts
-Run lookup or index functions, meaning find cost in tables based on selections from lists (Not that I know JavaScript YET but could it do this in a PDF form?)
-Run basic math functions such as add, multiply, subtract discounts, etc.
-Save As the completed form (which Google Docs, Dropbox, SkyDrive, etc. all seem to have issues with)

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Clarification Request
Save As WHAT?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2013 2:51 AM PDT

I see you wrote something about a FORM but what is the format of this file you want to save? I don't see any issue if we use Numbers and save as a new Numbers spreadsheet but I would be guessing that you want to create some other type document.

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Re: Save As WHAT?
by dodgernine / June 11, 2013 4:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Save As WHAT?

Sorry to confuse. I just meant "Save As" versus "Save" as using Google Drive auto saves changes to the original file. I am not familiar with using Numbers on an iPad and didn't know if it allowed you to "Save As" to the device or a cloud service. I would want to stick with the same format as changes might need to be made at a later date.

But is there any way to work around Numbers' drop-down list needing to be manually entered? Excel's data validation allows you to source a list from your workbook, ex: A1:A50. In Numbers, if I needed a drop-down of 50 items, I would need to type each one-by-one; then I would also need to enter them in a table to lookup or index the prices from. If any changes needed to be made, they would have to be done twice and any inconsistency would cause errors....

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Then there is no such thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 13, 2013 1:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Save As WHAT?

All I have is your post to figure out the "specification" of the app you want. As the specification has conflicts such as "using Google Drive" and "Offline" this means that before a programmer can create your apps, they'll have to work with you to get your specifications corrected.

If I guess what you want, it sounds like a custom app and Excel would fail in the field for the usual reasons.

If you think that Excel is the answer then look again at those Windows 8 RT pads.

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Re: calculator
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 12, 2013 7:38 PM PDT

How about using a Windows tablet in stead of an iOS-tablet?

Excel 2013 runs on Windows 8 Pro. Excel RT runs on Windows RT, but I don't know if it offers all you need.


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