2015-01-14 16:09 GMT+01:00 Tim---Kracked_P_P---webmaster <
I am "worried" that MS Office now has apps for their Office packages that
runs on Android 4.4 [and better]. I do not want to see LO and AOO loose
out of the mobile market.
From the (quick) glimpse I just had about Office on Android, I wouldn't
say that they are better or worse. It *will* open your document, but say
goodbye to almost all of your formatting; even text size is inconsistent
with the original. Images are nowhere to be found, no pagination, no
header/footer... and that's for the "viewing" functionnality. When hitting
the "edit" button, I get a message saying that it can NOT edit .doc files.
Opening a .docx got me a "sorry, this file can not be opened, it might be
damaged" (this same file works on the desktop version).
And it could not open a file with a dash in its name, be it on the device,
or from either dropbox and onedrive.
Just to be complete on this short, somewhat negative review, I did create a
new docx from the app. There's not much more, still no pictures, and no
style support at all.
From this short experience, you're better of loading Andropenoffice, at
least the document sort of looks like what you expect. I'll admit such a
quick test is not enough to get all the possibilities of the application,
but from it I'm not too "worried" about their presence on Android.
I do not know if I want to deal with Google Docs either.
Are you sure about that? From what I've read about open document suite on
Android, and from what I got when trying the msoffice stuff, it sound way
more reliable and you get roughly the same editing capabilities than
What I really want is a package that does not need to be connected to "the
cloud" to use. Most places I would be using the tablet will not have any
"guest" access for me to use. I want to be able to modify my documents -
Word or Calc - at meetings or while I am waiting for appointments. That
way, I can show the modifications then and there for "approval".
All the options (Andropenoffice, MSOffice, and Google Docs) can manage
offline documents. For GDocs you have some planning to do (mark some files
as available offline), but it's also a possibility.
Just to be clear, I'm not saying that one product is better than another;
it's more that none of them is complete as it is today. For now you'll have
to cut on your expectations if you want to edit "real" documents on a pure
Android tablet. I made all three options choke at various level with a
.docx containing a single sentence and a picture :(
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