Originally Posted by hoppy
After much screwing around and wasting money
on useless apps, I ended up settling on ReaddleDocs.
I wanted it mostly for PDF documents (user manuals
etc...) but it also works for word documents and powerpoint.
For a quick test I loaded and Excel file and it did display but with the 450kb spreadsheet I loaded it was very slow.
With ReaddleDocs there are several ways to get documents to the iPad
. Add via itunes, create the iPad as a drive on your network for drag & drop, email
attachments, download from the internet
and downloading from various online storage
I use ReadleDocs in conjunction with my gmail account as well as Dropbox.
With Dropbox i can drag a document into the dropbox folder on the PC or Mac and it will automatically send the file to the ipad. Very simple.
As far as Excel sheets
, it can be hit and miss, if you work in an office and rely heavily on excel documents it can be frustrating as Microsoft Excel is not on the iPad, that said Numbers and Quick Office connect are able to view and manipulate Excel files all be it a little clumsily. If you use spreadsheets on a personal basis than its really not bad. The problem is if you want to adjust a spreadsheet that was started on Microsoft Excel and then send it back to the computer formats will be altered in the conversion. I have several calculators I developed in class for compound interest and things of the like that work very well once transfered to the iPad.
As far as word documents, in college I have produced several very nice looking projects using pages alone. The process was just a little slower without a hard keyboard.