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heyyitstaytay Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Can I get open office on my iPad 2? I'm debating on a macbook or iPad 2 but I need to have open office for school.

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  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (18,880 points)
    There is no version of OpenOffice for iPad or any iDevice. According to, they are not working on one either (too difficult to port it, they say, to such a closed OS environment as the iOS).
  • heyyitstaytay Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Are there any other document editors for it? Like can I use the pages app for text documents?
  • dhaun Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)
    There are quite a few "office" type apps on the AppStore. Not sure if any of them can read OpenOffice documents, though.
  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (18,880 points)
    Yes, there is Pages for the iPad, but I have not actually used it. Hopefully someone with Pages can comment on how they find it.

    There are other apps - QuickOffice, DocsToGo, and so forth in the app store, so you might want to look at some of the reviews for those.

    I think if you really need complex formatting, group editing and other advanced document features, you really need a proper computer with a proper Word Processing package.
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,750 points)
    I'm debating on a macbook or iPad 2 but I need to have open office for school.

    The only things you can run on an iPad are what you can find in the iTunes apps store. To have the ability to download, install, and run whatever your school might require in the future, best stay with a macbook.
  • Toyboy Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    If I have Pages on DVD can I use that DVD to install on the iPad2?
  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
    No, it's a separate program for a different operating system. You will have to purchase and download the iOS version through the App Store.
  • Toyboy Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Thanks for the info.
  • Vlad_Pavlov Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Try "Open Office on iPad" service: 

  • ZintainUSA Level 3 Level 3 (960 points)

    I use Quick Office Pro for my iPad, it works great.  Has the ability to read and write all Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point files.  This being all versions from 1997-2010.  I haven't found any that I haven't been able to work with or load.  However, the Power Point program in Quick Office cannot change 2010 versions of the files.  It can read them, but cannot create them...If you want to work with them or create them, they have to be from verisons of Office before 2010....Very easy to get the files to the iPad as well, you can use the computer itself with iTunes.  You can also use any computer connected to the same Network as the iPad using the address on listed on the window shown on the iPad and any web browser, or you can even use any web storage to get it on there as well.  However, for full compatability I would stick with the MacBook.  If you are looking for something a little more convenient to use, the iPad would be that...Good luck on your decision!

  • drnicholes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Open Word Processor for iPad claims it can create and edit OpenOffice word processing documents (.odt). I have no experience with it. Perhaps someone else has used it.

  • Mike_U Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I made a hours-long studying of different office working programs for iPad2. Found out (subjective) that worth buying would be DocsToGo. I'm not regretting the decision. Works fluently, opens wide variety of file types (including iWork and MS Office plus others). Allows editing, saving, creating etc. Is able to save files in cloud/local flash/syncing app. Copy/paste works. Plus it has its own app for syncing with your main computer. And Dropbox is helpful. iTunes file sync is least preferable. Though - by .doc files - it is not able to process text boxes and spreadsheets / images / charts in text - sometimes they are left out at all or layout is messy. So for large text massives .pdf format is better to review (and to comment/mark). Basically - the problem of inconveniency is not about the program but the closed nature of iOS. Looking at the reviews - other similar kind of programs tend to freeze and/or not so convenient to use.




  • Kizzado0dle Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    Pages is great for iPad (and mac). It can open MS office files and edit them well enough, if there's more complicated things like tables and graphs sometimes it can mess up and have borders in the wrong place etc... So for reading the office files it's good enough but if you plan to open it and edit it, it can be difficult unless it's just a simple word file, in which case pages is great.

  • sushmitafromst davids Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you are still looking for Open Office on your iPad 2, check out AstralPad. It is free and its built on Libre Office(its a flavor of Open office). It will open MS office documents too. Just make sure that you have a strong wifi connetion when you use this app.

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