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nomii
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11/27/2014 | 2:44:49 AM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
@Michael: I use both my laptop and iPad. Having the same problem of typing a large document I prefer my tablet to review a document where I will only have to highlight certain stuff or make little corrections. To prepare a document from a scratch, I am not comfortable with the tablets even if I can use a Bluetooth keyboard.
mak63
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11/18/2014 | 2:32:27 PM
Office for Android
"Office for Android tablets is currently available only to those who signed up for Microsoft's preview."

Office for android phones is already available in Google Play. I just downloaded. No need to sign up for the preview.
jagibbons
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11/18/2014 | 10:55:02 AM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
But, with the new near-full-featured functionality of Office on iOS, it is much easier to create from scratch if the need arises.
Joe Stanganelli
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11/18/2014 | 10:45:14 AM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
I have a Bluetooth keyboard that comes in handy in a pinch when I need to type up some in-depth notes quickly, but for -writing- and entire document, something like Dragon Dictation might be handier.
Joe Stanganelli
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11/18/2014 | 10:43:38 AM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
Certainly.  The point of Office, for me, isn't to create stuff independently on my mobile devices; it's to seamlessly work with the documents I create on my regular old-fashioned computers.  For me, it's the two-way compatibility that's important.
jagibbons
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11/17/2014 | 1:26:53 PM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
The idea of using an iPad to compose an entire article sort of terrifies me

I'm not doing that kind of writing, so Word on the iPad works great for me. For a professional writer or publisher, it probably won't be good for generation. It might work for editing, though.

The limitation is less about the software itself than the form factor of the iPad and the user interface. It's a relatively small screen and things are harder without a mouse (unless you're a shortcut key kind of person).
Michael Endler
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11/17/2014 | 1:26:28 PM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
Thanks for the tip, Sandworm. I haven't tried SoftMaker but will have to check it out.
Michael Endler
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11/17/2014 | 1:25:14 PM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
"If you use MS Office on a Windows desktop and have a non-Windows mobile device, Office is still the best choice. The transition is now nearly seamless across multiple devices with OneDrive and Dropbox shared storage."

Indeed. While I'm sure some people with specific needs might quibble over what's "best," I've found it's quite useful to have Office on both my iPad and PC. The idea of using an iPad to compose an entire article sort of terrifies me, but I really like being able to move between devices for tweaks, proofreading, etc.
jagibbons
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11/17/2014 | 12:04:39 PM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
I haven't tried SoftMaker Office HD, but probably will in the near future. I have tried a variety of other so-called "office" replacements on iOS and Android (Google, Documents to Go, QuickOffice, iWork and a few others along the way). If you use MS Office on a Windows desktop and have a non-Windows mobile device, Office is still the best choice. The transition is now nearly seamless across multiple devices with OneDrive and Dropbox shared storage. So far, Office on iOS meets my needs for when I'm away from my laptop. I hope that the Android version is just a full-featured when finally released.
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11/17/2014 | 7:11:10 AM
SoftMaker Office HD
Try out SoftMaker Office HD for Android tablets (separately as PlanMaker HD, TextMaker HD and Presentations HD in Google Play store as free betra versions). It not only provides the complete (!) scope of features of the Windows version, but also classic menus (no bulky ribbons) - of course adapted for touchscreen use. The only apps that let you replace the notebook by a tablet, that's a real breakthrough IMO. Microsoft Office Mobile can in no way keep up with SoftMaker Office HD.
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