Enterprise Mobility: Numbers for iPad Better, Yet Falls Short

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2010-10-13 Print this article Print
Numbers for iPad Better, Yet Falls Short

Numbers for iPad Better, Yet Falls Short

by P. J. Connolly
Despite the numerous fixes and enhancements included in Numbers for iPad 1.2, many things still present a hurdle for the spreadsheet component of the Apple iWork suite for its tablet platform. For example, simple spreadsheet constructs such as hidden columns still are not supported, even in documents created on another platform and imported into Numbers for iPad. Almost as annoying, navigating between cells takes one's hands away from the keyboard; even with an Apple Wireless Keyboard connected by Bluetooth, the arrow keys only work when editing a cell and are useless for navigating a spreadsheet grid. But on the bright side, this release offers new document-sharing options by way of the iDisk component of the Mobile Me service from Apple, or other WebDAV-based hosting services. Numbers for iPad now allows users to export data in Microsoft Excel XLS format and open CSV files from within the iPad Mail app, and includes new table options that allow cell-specific formatting and includes a number of bug fixes that solve problems with image and object handling and the interchange of data with Excel spreadsheets.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at pjc@eweek.com.

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