In the third part of the blog series “working on tablets” we are analyzing different kinds of Office-Apps on the Android device “Samsung Galaxy Tab”. The tests are executed in the same form as on the Apple iPad (reported in the last article). As a result the document management functions with ecm-apps will be carried out and documented. The blog article should answer the question, which app on the Android-device fulfills the requirements best.
We carried out the tests with following parameters:
Device: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Fabasoft eGov-Suite 2012
- Fabasoft Folio Cloud
An overview of the test documentation
|Kingsoft Office||Documents To Go||Quickoffice Pro HD|
|Provider||Kingsoft Office Software Corporation Limited||DataViz, Inc.||QuickOffice, Inc.|
|Supported document formats||.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .txt||.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx||.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx|
|Keep original document format||yes||yes||yes|
|Keep paragraph formats||no||yes||yes|
|Keep original fields||yes||yes||no (it is possible to edit the original fields. As a result they get damaged.)|
|Merge fields||Fields with values||Fields with values||Fields with values. However, they will be destroyed during editting.|
|Amount of WebDAV-drives||any||-||-|
|Help||yes (online, in English)||yes (online, in English)||yes (online, in English)|
|Price||free||€ 11,59,-||€ 15,43,-|
|Languages||English||German, English,…||German, English,…|
|Comments||Problem with big documents (e.g. impossible to open 18 MB file.)||Problem with big documents (e.g. impossible to open 18 MB file.)|
The user interface is similar to Microsoft Word, so it feels very familiar to the user. Editing functions are displayed very clearly. Editing documents works with Kingsoft Office very well though there is one drawback. Paragraph styles (e.g. headings) are not preserved after editing and saving documents. As a result the table of contents may be destroyed because the editor doesn’t know the headings formats anymore.
Documents to Go:
All editor functions are available only via the settings page. For example, the process saving and closing the current document needs several steps in the GUI. Furthermore, different paragraph styles are displayed in wrong proportions which can lead to display headings extremely large in relation to the standard text.
Quickoffice Pro HD:
It is basically very suitable for mobile working although this app has included one error. Dynamic fields and letters get damaged during changing and saving. This can cause to unusable fields.
It is comfortable to edit documents with the Android device directly out of the Folio Cloud or Fabasoft eGov-Suite-App. This is not possible with the Apple iPad. As a result, document management can be realized without a configuration, e.g. configure a WebDAV-folder.
Actually, you are able to work with all three apps that are listed above. But really perfect is none of them because each app has currently included one or more bugs.