Open Office for iPad?
OpenOffice is both an open-source product and a project. It has all the features which Microsoft Office has got. However we can download open office for Windows and Mac.
Few Days back Apple iPad was announced which had attracted 1000′s of people around the globe, On the same day Apple had also launched the iWork which allows us to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in Mac and iPad.
The most annoying thing about iWork is its not free. Which means you have to pay about $80 to get it. We all know Open Office is a free program which is widely used to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in Window and Mac, But unfortunately when a guy from old.nabble.com contacted open office team asking in his email.
I was just wondering if you were planning to develop an oppen office
aplication for ipad ?
Maybe it’s not possible.. I’m very interested in selling my Macbook for an
iPad, but without any office suite, it would be difficult to work with it
(I’m a student, and I would use it to take my lessons) even if iWorks exist
for ipad, I need an application which would be able to write and read .doc
and .ppt documents.
Thank you for your answer.
This was the negative reply he got.
I am not sure this will be possible for the simple reason that as opposed to
the MacBook which is more of an open platform, the ipad will have an
extremely closed operating system (Iphone OS) which doesnt make it possible
to load different languages or applications like the one we use.
Recoding OOo in Objective-C would be prohibited and since it seems that the
apps are managed by Apple, it could make little business sense to allow a
third party (and free) competing product like ours.
However just like the iphone, there are solutions like remote desktop that
allow to access an Open environment such a Linux desktop over the web. (look
on the history of this list for OpenOffice.org Online).
Again there could be ‘jailbreaks’ that will make the ipad run Linux and in
that case OOo would be doable on an ipad but of course it will inherit all
the issues from breaking warranty and support and such.
This concludes that we can’t run any third party app on iPad. All those people who wana work in spreadsheets, and presentations on their iPad have to pay an extra 80 bucks to get iWork which can work with iPad.