Having previously reviewed DocumentsToGo Premium ($17.99 AUD), we were pleasantly surprised to find Office HD offering almost identical features and cloud functionality at a much more affordable price ($8.49 AUD).
While neither app performs flawlessly; if you need to access and edit your Microsoft Office and cloud documents (e.g. Google Docs, Dropbox) on your iPad, we highly recommend purchasing Office HD.
Please note: There are persistent rumours that an official Microsoft Office app will be launched in late 2012. We will keep you informed.
For: Teachers, (Older) Students, Administrators
Cost: $8.49 (Download Link)
Requires WiFi?: Yes, to access documents stored online
DocumentsToGo is one of several file management apps which enable users to view, edit, and create Microsoft Office 2007-2010 documents, (PDFs, and iWork files) on their iPad.
DocumentsToGo comes in two formats – DocumentsToGo and DocumentsToGo Premium, with the Premium version enabling users to edit PowerPoint files, and work with online files stored in Google Docs, Dropbox, Box.net, iDisk, etc. Both versions work with iTunes and the new DocumentsToGo desktop application to keep your files in sync with your home / work computer.
This app works as advertised, but is really only useful for teachers and students who need to edit Microsoft Office documents on their iPads. Everyday users will be better off using the Apple iWork Pages and Keynote apps.
For: Teachers, Administrators, Students (Upper Primary to Secondary)
Cost: Documents To Go ($10.45AUD) Docs To Go Premium ($17.99AUD)
Requires Wifi?: Yes, to sync files with your home computer / cloud services
- When searching for this app in iTunes, take care to choose the app for your iOS device. It is easy to confuse the separate versions for iPhone and iPad.
- iPad users considering purchasing the Premium version may prefer Office2 HD fo iPad, which offers almost identical features for the cheaper price of $8.49AUD.
- While the company claims that this app will preserve the original document formatting, user reviews indicate that this is still a work in progress!