Apple’s iWork suite of office style apps – Keynote, Numbers, and Pages – was updated this week with password-protected files capability and a number of useful new features added to each of the apps in the suite.
Pages and Numbers add the ability to save password-protected documents via an iCloud link and to export password-protected documents in Microsoft Office compatible formats – DOCX for Pages and XLSX for Numbers. Keynote adds the iCloud link password-protected documents.
Each of the apps also has some other notable new features. The Keynote presentations app adds these:
Use the new remote feature to control slideshows on other devices
• New transitions including Droplet and Grid
• Enhanced presenter display options
• Create charts with date, time, and duration values
• Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Keynote ’09 and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
• Improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 presentations
For many people, any conversation about productivity on the iPad has to touch on Microsoft Office documents and the ability to work with them on Apple’s tablet. There have been persistent rumors that Microsoft will be bringing Office to the iPad, perhaps as soon as this year, but so far nothing official has been announced.
In the meantime, there are a number of good options for working with MS Office documents on the iPad. In addition to a number of good remote access apps that allow you to connect to a company Office setup, there are a number of good iPad apps for working with Office docs. Here are some of the best apps for this purpose:
Quick Office Pro HD, Documents To Go Premium
Both of these apps have been leaders in this area for many years on just about every major mobile platform. Both offer support for managing and syncing your files via leading cloud services Dropbox, Google Docs, Box.net and more.
Documents To Go Premium also has a free desktop companion app for Windows and Mac. Quickoffice Pro also offers support for opening, editing, and saving SharePoint files.
Each of these apps has a strong feature set and you’ll want to look at these to see which may be the best match for your needs.
Quickoffice Pro HD is priced at $19.99.
Documents To Go is priced at $16,99 and is a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.
Quickoffice Pro HD – one of the leading MS Office document viewing and editing suites for the iPad – has had an update this week, to Version 2.2.0. The biggest change is the new name itself. This app was formerly known as Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad.
I think the new shorter name is much nicer, and it’s got a shiny new icon to go with it too.
Here are the other noted changes in the new version:
* Find and replace functionality in Quickword and Quicksheet
* Product enhancements for improved user experience.
Here’s an App Store link for Quickoffice Pro HD; it’s currently priced at $14.99.
Microsoft has revealed to T3 that it is looking at the possibily of releasing Office for Mac for the Apple iPad, although any official word is far from confirmed.
"Yeah, it’s something that we’re looking at," said Microsoft Senior Product manager Mike Tedesco. "Obviously the announcement (of the iPad) is really fresh and there’s nothing to announce or nothing that I can talk to you about today.
There’s been lots of good news and rumors this week about increasing business support for, and interest in, the iPad. One of the bigger headline items is this one about the prospect of MS Office coming to the iPad.
I’m sure this would be a big win for Apple, although personally I very rarely need any Office apps – as I get by just fine with Google Documents and other similar apps. If Office does come to the iPad, it will be fascinating to see how it is priced – given that Apple’s own iWork apps are going for just $9.99 each.
How big a deal would Office on the iPad be for you all?
Source: T3 via iPad in Canada