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Office for iPad update adds support for third-party fonts, ability to send as PDF

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Microsoft's Office for iPad suite, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, was given a significant update on Thursday, giving users the ability to utilize third-party fonts in Word, and the option to export files as PDFs in all three programs, among other new additions.


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Word and Excel now have the ability to send their respective file types as PDFs. And Word now offers third-party fonts available from the Fonts menu.

Word 1.1 now also comes with Picture Tools, which let users crop to focus on a specific part of a photo. The feature also has a reset button to undo any changes.

Excel 1.1 adds Flick to Select, allowing users to flick a cell's selection handle in any direction to quickly and easily select all the data in a row or column.

As for PowerPoint 1.1, it gains a new Presenter View, which lets users view and edit speaker notes, see their next slide, or jump to other slides while presenting. A new Play Media function lets users play videos, sound effects and background music while presenting, and Insert Video gives the ability to insert videos from an iPad Camera Roll.

All three updates launched Thursday and are now available on the App Store. The software is free to download and allows users to view files, but any editing requires a subscription to Office 365 Home, which is available as an in-app purchase.
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Well, well... Apple can learn from them.
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Saved me $2--Thanks. I was going to buy PDF Converter during today's promotion from Readdle (http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/31/briefly-readdle-slashes-up-to-70-off-ios-app-titles-in-honor-of-7th-birthday). Now I don't need it.
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Android has the ability to save pretty much anything as a PDF with Google Print, I'm surprised this isn't built into iOS as an alternative to printing.
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Android has the ability to save pretty much anything as a PDF with Google Print, I'm surprised this isn't built into iOS as an alternative to printing.
You don't become one of the most profitable companies on the planet by giving away functionality that can be sold for $2.
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You don't become one of the most profitable companies on the planet by giving away functionality that can be sold for $2.

Who said anything about free, they could easily add this feature and merge it into the cost of the device. Apple's margins on most of their iOS devices are over 60 percent, $2 is not going to break the bank.
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You don't become one of the most profitable companies on the planet by giving away functionality that can be sold for $2.

I think it is high time Apple developed their own version of a portable document format and yes, once developed it should be built in to OS X and iOS.
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I think it is high time Apple developed their own version of a portable document format and yes, once developed it should be built in to OS X and iOS.

You should have the sarcasm tag there since OSX's graphic engine essentially is build on PDF rendering. It is why OSX has been able to print yo PDF from any app since it's inception.
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Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post

I think it is high time Apple developed their own version of a portable document format and yes, once developed it should be built in to OS X and iOS.

My government already has scanned all their documents and saved them as .pdf. They're searchable, so I presume they also built a DB for it. Adobe has committed themselves to make .pdf at least 100 years available to anyone. Reader software will remain free. Looked for a link, can't find it as my search capabilities totally suck.
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You should have the sarcasm tag there since OSX's graphic engine essentially is build on PDF rendering. It is why OSX has been able to print yo PDF from any app since it's inception.

That's true. What we see on the screen is sort of a .pdf itself.
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Originally Posted by Relic View Post

Android has the ability to save pretty much anything as a PDF with Google Print, I'm surprised this isn't built into iOS as an alternative to printing.

Well, in their defence, any Office document can be opened in an iWork application which can output to .pdf. And anything other on the screen can be captured and is saved in the camera roll. One can convert to .pdf on the desktop should you desire to do so.
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Android has the ability to save pretty much anything as a PDF with Google Print, I'm surprised this isn't built into iOS as an alternative to printing.

All of the iWork modules have the ability to save or send documents as PDF and they are free with any new iPhone or iPad.
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You should have the sarcasm tag there since OSX's graphic engine essentially is build on PDF rendering. It is why OSX has been able to print yo PDF from any app since it's inception.

Actually is was more the lack of a wink, not /s, that was the mistake. I was meaning, in jest, a unique Apple format since iOS is so dominant in the real world. However, I fully understand .pdf is a universal standard now (as per Phil's post).
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In the context of corporate use: I hope Apple + IBM can update and reinforce iWork to create a 'pro Works' with IBM secure cloud networking and syncing and get rid of any dependence on Microsoft. If said product can open and translate anything from Microsoft, that's all that is required. IT and MIS need to be weaned of thinking Microsoft, this is 2014 and Microsoft has zero mobile presence, it is a relic of the 20th Century.
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