SEP 26 2012

Office-Apps on the Samsung Galaxy Tab: Fit for business?

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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

Office-Apps:

          

ECM/Cloud-products:

- 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.
WebDAV yes no no
Amount of WebDAV-drives any - -
CMIS no no no
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,…
GUI ++ - ++
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.)

 

Convenience

Kingsoft Office:
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.

Conclusion
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.

Links:

www.egov-suite.com

www.foliocloud.com

http://www.kingsoftstore.com

http://www.dataviz.com

http://www.quickoffice.com/

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Related posts:

  1. Office-Apps on the iPad: Fit for ECM or just a toy?
  2. Editing documents on tablets – a simple exercise or simply impossible?
  3. Annotation of a Document on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

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