The Google Drive app has been a handy all-in-one tool for creating and editing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, but if you didn’t already know that the company’s cloud storage service held such features within, the name alone probably wouldn’t give it away. Luckily, Google aims to remedy that with today’s standalone releases of Google Docs and Google Sheets apps for iOS.
Following years of speculation, Microsoft finally unleashed a trio of Office apps on iPad a few weeks back, with Word for iPad, Excel for iPad, and PowerPoint for iPad all offering good-to-great touch-enabled takes on the long-running productivity favorites. Curiously, though, all three launched without printing support, which made them not-fully-ideal options for users looking to untether from a traditional computer. Luckily, that oversight has been swiftly corrected, as Microsoft announced today via its Office blog that all three apps can now print over the air to any AirPrint-compatible printer.
Although many use Office for everyday word processing and number crunching tasks, there’s a substantial contingent of customers who live and breathe the presentation leg of Microsoft’s productivity tripod, which has finally made an impressive (though somewhat handicapped) transition to mobile. Together with Word and Excel, PowerPoint for iPad makes up Microsoft’s newly mobilized Office trilogy. This trio of apps features a touchscreen user interface often slicker than their desktop equivalents, but more importantly, documents can be opened and edited with complete confidence that they’ll look exactly as they do on Mac or PC.
Could the long wait finally be over at last? Microsoft is holding a "mobile first, cloud first" event in San Francisco next week, and rumors are percolating that the long-awaited Office for iPad could indeed be part of that mix.
The web-based version of Microsoft Office has never been a truly formidable foe against Google's own cloud solution, but a volley of updates released this week hope to tip the scales back in Redmond's favor.
Microsoft PowerPoint doesn’t play nicely with PDFs on the Mac. However, we can use the power of Preview and Automator to automate the process of converting the PDF to individual images, and then creating new slides based on those images.
Throw a virtual rock inside the App Store and you'll hit any number of titles touting support for venerable Microsoft Office documents, but all of them have one problem: They're not from the folks in Redmond. That situation has finally changed with the arrival of the poorly named Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers, a free mobile companion for Microsoft's productivity suite. While the app mostly performs as advertised, it has Achilles' heels on both feet: First, it's limited to users of the company’s $9.99-per-month Office 365 service, and second, it's only for the iPhone and iPod touch – at least for now.
Microsoft Office has officially come to iOS, but there are a couple of catches: First, you'll need an Office 365 subscription to use it, and second, it appears to only be for the iPhone, at least for now.
Those who live and breathe presentation software like Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote have little trouble working up great-looking slide decks with minimal effort. Meanwhile, the rest of us struggle to find the right backgrounds, graphics, and fonts for effectively conveying our message – a task now made effortless with Haiku Deck. Available free for iPad, Haiku Deck uses slick themes to help users create stunning presentations in as little time as possible.
If Evernote and Keynote and NovaMind all got together and had a baby (never mind the mechanics, OK?), the offspring might look a little like Zengobi's Curio. A virtual whiteboard with presentation capacities, Curio has the organizational chops of Evernote, mind-mapping capabilities comparable to the best apps, and the ability to run slideshows with transitions, though with a limited palette.
Taken together, Curio is one fast-loading, responsive package with fantastic potential and tons of flexibility. If there's a downside, it's Curio's price: $100 for new users and $50 for upgraders.