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View Only complex MS Word documents on iPad...

Posted on 2013-06-17
Last Modified: 2013-07-14
As the title above suggests I'm working on a solution for a client where they can view, and only view (editing is not required), MS word documents on their iPad. Now, they will access these word documents through a web app I have devloped, so that when they tap an icon the event will trigger a quick lookup against a remote DB, retrieve the specific file, and display it. The process works great, but, of course, the display leaves a lot to be desired. I researched the "Word on iPad" concept and bought the 3 most suggested apps--Documents to Go, Pages, and Quickoffice HD Pro--but while all 3 display the document none of them do it justice. And, since these documents are validated, or controlled, they do need to show all the content.

Some of the documents do have complex features in them and there's nothing I can do about that (they are training documents that revise periodically) So, the question is, are there other suggestions out there that will display complex word documents in there true state on the iPad? Or, a process workaround others have implemented that suffice?

Question by:MedtronicVascSR
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Author Comment

ID: 39254536
I'm currently experimenting with CloudOn. Any opinions or lessons learned?

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Expert Comment

by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
ID: 39254542
Just convert the word docs to pdf's.
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Assisted Solution

by:Eoin OSullivan
Eoin OSullivan earned 250 total points
ID: 39255490
Have you tried the Office 365 for iOS?  This was just launched last week!!

For an non Microsoft option (which was all I had before last week)
My favourite File viewer is GoodReader.
For editing CloudOn is hard to beat.
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Author Comment

ID: 39267067
Unfortunately, the business creates and maintains the documents as Word docs, so converting them to PDF is not an option; we're talking thousands upon thousands of documents.

I'll suggest Office 365, but the reviews are not favoarable, and I think business will not want to be beta testers for something new at this time.

GoodReader has similar limitations as the other document readers when displaying complex Word documents.

CloudOn appears to be the best bet at this point. The overall process is a bit slow--from icon tap to viewing the document once it's been opened in CloudOn--but it's the surest way to view MS Word documents as they were created.

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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 250 total points
ID: 39267137
SkyDrive?  I wouldn't trust reviews much any more. If you use it with CloudOn you are only storing to SkyDrive and not always using the interface.  LIke email, I love using gmail for personal and business with mydomain.com but can't stand the web interface.  Since I use my android phone and mac mail 99% of the time, I hardly have to use the gmail interface.

Also as an alternative to skydrive, I may try out https://owncloud.com/products/enterprise and use my own server.  I'm a little worried because looking at their changelog there are security fix's and it looks like 2012 was the last time updated and it's written in all php/mysql and I would feel more comfortable if it was in python.

Accepted Solution

MedtronicVascSR earned 0 total points
ID: 39307963
We've chosen the CloudOn solution.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 39324400
Thanks for suggestions and feedback. CloudOn looks to be the best choice for our current needs.


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