While the tablet revolution has made life easier for people all over the planet, the battle for productivity can’t be won until you have all the right apps for the job.
While there are a wide variety of professional spreadsheet apps that make it possible to be productive just about anywhere, which is ideal for you will depend greatly on what it is you have to get done.
Thankfully, from managing a personal budget to trying to discern the next step for your business to take, there’s a perfect spreadsheet app for just about everyone.
Developed by Apple, Numbers combines professional glamor and functional simplicity into an app that makes it easy to make beautiful spreadsheets. With simple tables, graphics, photos, charts, and the like, it’s easy to size, resize, and control just about every element with a tap of the finger. Numbers is also optimized for the iPad Retina display, includes over 250 distinct spreadsheet functions, and is of course completely integrated with iCloud. Last but not least, Numbers files can be ported to CSV and Excel, making it easier than ever to toggle between devices seamlessly.
While QuickOffice Pro does allow you to create the same excel worksheets as Excel itself, it’s much more than a simple spreadsheet app. As a miniaturized version of the Microsoft Office suite for desktop computers, QuickOffice also lets you create both PowerPoint and Word documents straight from your iPad. You can even use the program as a .PDF reader, although .PDF editing is unfortunately not possible. Moreover, this app includes a file manager that has one-click connectivity to Google Drive so you can access saved files in the cloud and load them up instantly. And because QuickOffice is AirPrint compliant, it’s a breeze to get quality prints from your documents without having to ever leave your iPad.
Even though Google Drive is technically a cloud storage service, it does come prepackaged with its own spreadsheet capabilities that make it a worthy consideration for anyone who already uses Drive. It’s also worth special consideration on the grounds that it’s completely free to use. Apart from the obvious synergistic functionality of being tied to a cloud storage service, Google Drive is particularly powerful for collaboration because changes made to any file accessible by others are vividly documented. And because Drive isn’t only a spreadsheet tool, you can use its cloud functionality to help store everything from videos and picture to simple data backup.
Documents To Go
Working cross platform is easy with Documents To Go thanks to seamless connectivity between your Office documents and your iOS devices. Open any excel document, edit it as you’d like, and make use of the InTact feature to retain your original formatting so you can port your files back to a desktop even after you’ve made changes to them. Putting aside the 100-or-so standard spreadsheet functions included in the app, Documents To Go includes Freeze Pane support, file password protection, and automatic viewing optimization for every iOS device.
From the developers of popular apps like Office², Sheet ² HD has been designed specifically for the iPad to help users get the most out of their screen real estate. Office² allows you to edit documents in Excel, .XLS, and .XLSX format, offers complete integration with Google Docs and Numbers, and even works in both portrait or landscape mode depending on your own personal preference. All of that combined with the basic organization features and formatting options of a standard spreadsheet app makes Sheet HD² a worth addition to this line of apps.
Like many of the members on this list, Polaris Office is completely compatible with Office documents, opens .PDF files, and includes support for cloud storage. But where Polaris excels is all in the details. While Sheet² HD will let you save and share through Google Docs, Polaris offers more expansive support for Box.net, Dropbox, and many others. While there isn’t much to say about Polaris in terms of premium features, there’s simplicity to its 3D charting and camera mode that arguably makes it the best app for slideshow presentations.