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Review: Tablet apps fill in gap, won’t replace PCs
Apple has its own suite of Office-like tablet apps: Pages, for word processing, Numbers, for spreadsheets, and Keynote, for presentations. They cost $10 each, or $30 for the set, making iWork pricier than Quickoffice. But you can buy just one or two of the programs.
The Apple software is simple, attractively styled and friendly to use.
Pages offers a handy bar at the top that lets you control the size and font of text. There’s also a nifty tool in one corner for you to import photos directly from your iPad albums. Photos can be moved, resized and rotated by pinching and twisting your fingers.
For those not adept at page design, the program has 16 templates such as resumes, recipe cards and term papers. And, perhaps most importantly, there’s a traditional spellchecker besides autocorrect.
What’s different is Pages gives you the option of saving your document in the Word format, as a Pages file or as a PDF. Word and PDF versions of Pages-created documents opened easily on my PC. But as expected, the Pages version wasn’t compatible (it is with the Pages program on the Mac).
When I made minor changes on my PC and sent them back to my iPad, Pages altered some of my fonts. But the changes were entirely cosmetic.
Both Quickoffice and Pages had a prominent “undo” button, which came in very handy given the error-prone nature of working on a tablet. There were several times chunks of text got deleted or photos got distorted because of my clumsiness. The “undo” buttons came to the rescue.
_ Microsoft Office
Working with Microsoft Office on a tablet is much like working with it on a desktop. As a result, there’s less of a learning curve than with Quickoffice or iWork. Unfortunately, Microsoft makes it only for devices running Windows _ not for iPads, iPhones or Android devices.
Microsoft hasn’t announced a release date for the new version of Office yet, but a subscription for the home version is expected to cost $100 per year and will cover up to five computers and tablets. A small business version will go for $150 per year. Consumers and businesses can also buy the software to install on one computer for $140 to $400, depending on the version.
Microsoft Word comes with a host of handy document templates. Within the program, toolbars at the top let you change fonts, insert photos and do all of the stuff you have come to expect from Word.
For sharing documents or getting them back to your PC, Microsoft offers SkyDrive, its own Internet-based storage system. Documents also can be sent by email through Microsoft Outlook, which is part of the Office suite.
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