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Why are Numbers, Pages and Calander not Fully Compatible on the Formating and more between IPAD2, IPHONE4 and Mackbook

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Why are Numbers, Pages and Calander Not Fully Compatible on the Formating and more between IPAD2, IPHONE4 and Mackbook etc?

All Devices are up to date on the Software, Mackbook = 10.8.2 IPAD2, IPhone4 etc...

Now I create a spreadsheet in Numbers and spend many many days and weeks Formatting it so I can use it as a Customer Data Base with drop down boxes and colors etc. I then go to Itunes and plug in my Iphones and Ipads and find the Numbers App and Add the spreadsheet to Numbers App then upon completion of the Sync it states on the device in question that it is not Compatible thus, it will remove all formatting!


Im i correct in saying that there should not be any compatibility issues, especially with basic formatting, this same issue arises with "PAGES" too.


This means i can not edit from the devices or i will loose any Formatting data upon the transfer back to the mackbook.


I have also tried ICloud and that is the same with regards to the editing, formatting and its 1000 times slower to open etc too.


This spread sheet has a few pages in it and only about 500 customers so its not large at all.


I have tried other spreadsheets and pages docs too.


I have spoken to Apple Tech team already and they are dumbfounded to say the least.

  • Wayne Contello Level 6 Level 6 (12,560 points)

    Noone in these formus works for Apple so we cannot help change the reality of the problms you highlighted.  I am sorry.

  • Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,095 points)

    Hi Mike,


    In an ideal world, you might be correct to say there should be no incompatibility issues between Numbers for iOS and Numbers for Mac. In that same world, you might be correct to say there should be no difference in capabilities between a Honda Ruckus (a gasoline powered scooter with a 50 cc one cylinder engine) and a Honda Accord (also gasoline powered, with a 3.5 L V6 engine). Both, after after all, are designed to transport people and goods from one place to another, and both are Hondas, just as both versions of Numbers are designed to hold and manipulate numerical and text data, and both come from Apple.


    In the real world, of course, differences and incompatibilities do occur.


    Since your main purpose seems to require using the iOS device in the field, I would suggest you develop the Numbers document on that machine, then tackle the issue of transferring the gathered information to your Mac.


    An alternative might be to wait for the rumored upcoming release to the Microsoft Office apps for iOS, and see if MS has achieved a higher degree of compatibility between the platforms.


    You might also check the iWork for iOS community, where you'll find a greater number of people who use both the iOS and Mac versions of the iWork applications, and have had a better opportunity to come to terms with the issues you identify.





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