Help-- need .docx editor that supports track changes

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by Docdave, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. Docdave macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2011
    I am need of an app (for an iPad 2) that will allow me to edit Microsoft word documents (.docx) files. It has to properly display track changes on the iPad, and preserve the formatting and track changes when sent back to the native Word application.

    Converting to another format, say PDF, for annotation won't work for me (already use iAnnotate PDF).

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks, docdave
  2. franmatt80 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2010
    The closest you'll get is Docs to Go. You can see all tracked changes and comments in a document. However, you can't track your own changes.

    It retains fidelity of Word docs pretty well without loss of formatting most of the time.

    As far as I know, the isn't an app that utilised track changes- I'm really hoping an enterprising developer gets onto the is soon as it's very hard to do any editing work without it....
  3. paleodave macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    I'm in the same situation. Nothing so far allow me to do a proper job of editing text files. I need to track changes and add comments on the ipad. Been waiting patiently for months, but nothing that I'm aware of has these features.:(
  4. Docdave thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2011
    Thanks. Have to hope someone at DTG fixes this. For now, I'm converting word files to PDF on my laptop and drop boxing them for iannotate, which I really like.

    I wish developers would make apps that do one thing, and do it really well (like iAnnotate) as opposed to doing a number of things in a half hearted manner.
  5. franmatt80 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2010
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    I agree- if it's any help, I've been using Pages on my ipad to convert to PDF so I can do exactly the same thing...
  6. Docdave thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2011
    How is pages on doing the conversion? Although still in beta, the iAnnotate converter is horrible.

    Do dave
  7. franmatt80 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2010
    It's pretty good - but only converts what Pages imports i.e. if it's a sophisticated doc and the formatting doesn't import properly into Pages, the PDF also loses the formatting. But for my purposes of editing academic texts which don't often include complicated tables or formatting, the 'Export to pdf' button works a treat.
  8. jprint714, Apr 16, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2011

    jprint714 macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2009
    iAnnotate for .docx, .rtf, .doc's ?

    Hi, I just got an iPad, and I've heard that iAnnotate is great for annotating PDFs. Is there another recommendable app that works for annotating .docx, .rtf, .doc's ?

    Also, I'd like to used such annotating apps w/ a stylus, for underling text.

    Ideas? Suggestions?


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