App to edit Word and Excel docs on iPad

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by ethan86, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. ethan86 macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2009
    I'm looking for a app that could sync up to Dropbox and that would allow me to view and edit Word and Excel files I created on my iMac. I was thinking about Polaris office, can anyone vouch for this?

    Thanks in advance
  2. BHP41 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    United States of America
    I use Goodreader. Not sure if its exactly what your looking for though.
  3. syd430 Guest

    DocsToGo. Best .doc .xls compatibility out of the lot. Nothing else comes close. Quick Office, Polaris et al might have a slightly better interface but the compatibility just isn't there.

    If compatibility is absolutely critical (I.e 99% compatibility from docstogo doesn't cut it), you're looking at CloudOn or your own Remote Desktop setup
  4. NestOfRobins macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2011
    I have used CloudOn. Its not great, but it works.
  5. emjaycee18 macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    Pages and Numbers are available as well, even though they are separte apps. Don't know if you're looking for just one.
  6. xnickitynickx macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2012
    Orlando, FL
    thats what i use. and i've never been let down by them in college or personally.
  7. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    thats what i use. it syncs through icloud over all my devices. i can then convert and send the documents out via email or dropbox as needed. it will also automatically convert doc/xls files upon importing.
  8. DyslexicKobe macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2013
  9. Gotoma macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2012
    Smart office 2 is quite nice. You can only sync with Dropbox and Google docs though.
  10. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
  11. Ratatapa macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2011
  12. dinggus macrumors 65816

    Jan 17, 2012
    I just used DocsToGo, hands down the best one I've used. It supported all the bullets and fonts. I'm impressed with it. I also have it linked to my DropBox, so every time I edit a file, it'll automatically upload to it.
  13. ethan86 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2009
    Thanks for the responses. I've looked at some of these progrms and have narrowed it down to Smart Office 2 and Docs to Go. I'm on the fence about which one I want to purchase. Smart Office 2 only syncs with Dropbox and Google docs and it's 9.99. Docs to Go will sync with Dropbox and, but it appears I can only do this with the 16.99 version. I'm leaning towards Smart Office 2. Can anyone throw anything out here that would push me one way or the other?
  14. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Google Drive. It's free and syncs across devices. It's what I use on my Macbook Air, and it syncs perfectly with my iPhone5 and iPad4.
  15. bloutrein macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2011
    I think the native (albeit) paid Numbers and Pages are a sensible option.
  16. dancj macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2012
    Smart Office 2 has some ... odd ... choices in the interface. And it semi-regularly becomes free or very cheap - and it doesn't have retina display.

    I haven't tried Pages, but I'd say if you're willing to spend money then I'd think its a better option. If you can wait then hold out for the next Smart Office 2 sale.
  17. ethan86 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2009
    Do Pages and Numbers sync with any services besides iCloud? I don't use iWork at home, so I don't know how helpful the iOS apps will be if I can't sync them through another service.

    How often does Quick Office go on sale or is it at random?
  18. bloutrein macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2011
    Nope. The only other destination you can sync your Pages and Numbers iDevice data is to your Mac provided you are running OS X Mountain Lion.
  19. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    Use, create an account and it will notify you when apps that you mark as "want" go on sale. You can also look at the history to see what the prices are and have been. Very often you can see patterns from developers, has this app ever been free? Yes, it is free once a year around holiday, or they drop it to $0.99 every quarter for a few days. Etc... very, very helpful.
  20. ethan86 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2009
    Any opinions on the app Office2? I just read an (older) article on that mentioned this and saw it was $6 in the app store.

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