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To those who responded,

I guess the bottom line is that currently LibreOfffice does not and will not without a LOT of work support mobile devices.

I am not a mobile user, so I have no frame of reference. It does appear that this feature (mobility) will be required at some future point, however.

On 08/24/2013 03:32 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Ahhh, that explains a lot.  I think there is some work-in-progress for an Android version but ii 
think it needs more devs working on it.  Not sure about an iOS version.  I was wondering if there 
was some quick work-around that might get a result more quickly but it's fairly clear there isn't.

I assume that mobile devices are too low spec to have much chance of running a "Virtual Machine" on 
even to install a VERY light-weight distro such as SliTaz (30 Mb) or Puppy or DSL or TinyCore or something?  
I managed to get LibreOffice working in SliTaz on a full desktop machine but didn't try any of the others.

So we really need to find an ODF viewer for the iOS and hope that's enough?  With Google-docs being 
just for 'emergencies'.
Regards from
Tom :)

  From: Gabriel Risterucci <>
To: Tom <>
Cc: "" <>
Sent: Saturday, 24 August 2013, 20:03
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: Cross Platfrom Support Question

2013/8/24 Tom <>

Hi :)
Is there a different program that can edit ODFs on iPads and such?

I guess the obvious one is Google Docs which i think is now part of Google
Drive.  Are there others?

Also is the reason there isn't an iOS version just down to needing someone
to do a "build" or "make" or "compile", or whatever, or is there a
reason why LO won't work on iOS yet?

​My 2cent:

The framework used on "regular" systems (like gtk) are completely different
than the one used on mobile devices, both iOS and Android. Although some
framework tries to reduce the gap (I'm thin​​king about Qt), last time I
checked LO sources it was not designed this way.

It's not a matter of "just" rebuilding, it would need a lot of work, first
redesigning the UI to work with mobile device (both having something
adapted to touch interface AND built using framework for mobile OS), and
moving the codebase (or rewriting from scratch) for objective C (the
language used for the iOS SDK).

Even funnier, an Android port would be easier to do if LO was still in Java
(insert laughters here :) )

tl;dr: having an iOS version of Libreoffice pretty much mean redoing
everything (in my opinion)

Of course, this doesn't answer the question of app available today for
editing ODF files on mobile devices in general... seeing that even google
drive (at least on Android) feels clunky, I would advise against doing real
work on tablets...


Jay Ridgley
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