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Old February 4th, 2012, 06:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Polaris Office...anyone know how this app works?

I would love to know how to create forms, spread sheets, etc using Polaris....it's driving me crazy!!! Any suggestions out there? I wrote to Asus and got some lame reply telling me to read the section on PO in the TF101 manual...haha..very funny. I learned absolutely nothing!!
One more thing...is there a "delete" button on the keyboard?

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Shift + backspace = delete on many apps. On polaris u create a new document for speadsheets, word type files, etc...
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It works pretty much like any office suite (MS Office, Open Office). What specifically are you trying to do?
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Old February 7th, 2012, 07:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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what would I like to do...hmmm...well for one, I would like to make review comments when I'm correcting my student's papers. I would like to create forms. I would like to insert jpg files on to a document....stuff like that. I suppose it is a matter of playing with it. The problem with many of these types of programs is that they have their own quirky little things about them and I get tired of spending too much time trying to figure them out. I just thought maybe someone had a set of directions specific to this app....much like Microsoft has for Office.
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Polaris Office sucks for creating spreadsheets. I tried to create the basic spreadsheet with item, number and unit cost. It was horrible. You can't use the return key, tab key or arrow keys to move to the next cell. You have to touch the screen. I got fed up and went back to Excel on my PC. Too bad. I had such high hopes.
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what would I like to do...hmmm...well for one, I would like to make review comments when I'm correcting my student's papers. I would like to create forms. I would like to insert jpg files on to a document....
You realize how much MS Office costs compared to Polaris, right?
Polaris does a lot of stuff but not all office does. You can insert jpegs, dunno about the forms or commenting though.

Its great for viewing documents, not as good at creation..
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Have you tried google docs? It will do documents, spreadsheets, presentations. It is pretty simple to use. I don't know if it as full featured as you would like but it's worth a try since it's free.
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Have you tried google docs? It will do documents, spreadsheets, presentations. It is pretty simple to use. I don't know if it as full featured as you would like but it's worth a try since it's free.
I tried the Google Docs app for creating a spreadsheet and I find it to be even worse than Polaris office. I find it to be rather confusing to use. When you first open a spreadsheet, that screen does not seem to allow you to edit the spreadsheet. Then I had to open up the browser interface before I can edit. That interface is just as bad as Polaris office.
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I tried the Google Docs app for creating a spreadsheet and I find it to be even worse than Polaris office. I find it to be rather confusing to use. When you first open a spreadsheet, that screen does not seem to allow you to edit the spreadsheet. Then I had to open up the browser interface before I can edit. That interface is just as bad as Polaris office.
Ahh. I've never tried the app. I just use the browswer interface.
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Try Kingsoft Office:
https://market.android.com/details?id=cn.wps.moffice_eng&hl=en

It's free, highly rated, and supposed to be pretty good. I have it installed but haven't really explored it much so I can't give you a personal opinion on it beyond that I agree with you that Polaris is junk.
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does the tf101 come with polaris? I'm going to be starting school and am looking at a cheap, but good device to write papers on and what not. will ms word open those documents?
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Yep, it comes with Polaris and you can open/edit MS Documents and it will also save in .doc format too.

I'd go for Kingsoft though, it's much better and easier to use.
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Polaris will NOT let you do footnotes, fancy fonts, et...
It's fine for taking notes or STARTING a college paper. Save it to the SD card then finish it on a computer with "real" word processor capabilities.
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Unfortunately none of the "Office" apps have all the features people want in one app. I am not sure the reasoning behind this, I would think giving the people what they want would be a smart move if you want your app to be the dominant choice but nobody listens to me, just ask El Presidente.

I saw a comparison somewhere listing the five most popular apps and the differences with screenshots of how the apps handle specific types of documents but unfortunately I can't remember where. Hopefully somebody else on the staff or a member will remember seeing it as well and can post a link.
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Unfortunately none of the "Office" apps have all the features people want in one app. I am not sure the reasoning behind this, I would think giving the people what they want would be a smart move if you want your app to be the dominant choice but nobody listens to me, just ask El Presidente.

I saw a comparison somewhere listing the five most popular apps and the differences with screenshots of how the apps handle specific types of documents but unfortunately I can't remember where. Hopefully somebody else on the staff or a member will remember seeing it as well and can post a link.
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I think this is what you're referring to: Comparison of FIVE major Office Apps [Updated 01/30/2012; PICS!] - xda-developers

If not, it's a pretty good post regardless.
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to be honest it's times like these when you need a decent office app...you just cant get away from MS office.

although I love my lil AEPT1....im tempted to go for this one in the future:

Can’t decide between a tablet or a laptop? Step forward Solana

has the best of both world IMO and nearly after a year with the AEPT and the fact i can't access some work stuff - we use ServiceNow, needing the ability to r-click on pages just became that more important.
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hang on...only just noticed that polaris office hasnt got spell checker??? wth? lol and this is with the physical keyboard btw, i know the virtualised one has an ability to pick up errors, but not with the keyboard attached?
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Don't save in cloud ..seems when go o retrieve it itty is corrupted ,,,Google known bugs in Polaris.it bas happened. To m e inauguration meetingseveral hrs of work gone.been
Using quick office pro ..2 days no Problems yet..be happy
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Default Onlive Desktop for Android Tablets Released Today !!

Y'all need to get this free app from the Android Market. It lets you run M$ Office 2010 in the cloud. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., all in their full-blown glory.

I've got Polaris Office, OfficeSuite 5 (my favorite), QuickOffice Pro HD, Docs to Go Pro, and Smart Office. Onlive might very well beat 'em all.
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Y'all need to get this free app from the Android Market. It lets you run M$ Office 2010 in the cloud. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., all in their full-blown glory.

I've got Polaris Office, OfficeSuite 5 (my favorite), QuickOffice Pro HD, Docs to Go Pro, and Smart Office. Onlive might very well beat 'em all.
saw this be it's not available to the us lot in the UK? :S
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Ok, so I decided to try Office Suite 5 because you can insert comments. I have to tell you the way you add comments is beyond weird. Sure you can add them, but can't see them!!! So what good do they do??? Any, my quest for a decent alternative to word continues. Any other suggestions? Oh, and I'm still trying to figure out how to "delete".
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How do you get files out of polaris? I started a document and saved it. It was saved as a doc. Then tried two ways to get the file to my laptop. An attachment to Evernote but OpenOffice wouldn't open it. I then tried to hook up the Asus Transformer to the laptop but all I could find were files for photos, no text. Ended up retyping what was on the tablet. Any suggestions? We'll probably look at another program but hate to if Polaris will do what I need.
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How do you get files out of polaris? I started a document and saved it. It was saved as a doc. Then tried two ways to get the file to my laptop. An attachment to Evernote but OpenOffice wouldn't open it. I then tried to hook up the Asus Transformer to the laptop but all I could find were files for photos, no text. Ended up retyping what was on the tablet. Any suggestions? We'll probably look at another program but hate to if Polaris will do what I need.
Have you tried emailing the file?
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I'll give that a try.
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I just want to be able to click on hyperlinks inserted via excel.
Know any alternative office apps that can do this??
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I just want to be able to click on hyperlinks inserted via excel.
Know any alternative office apps that can do this??
I use Office 2102 apps made by *********, a German company. These are the closest I can get to proper MS Office software. On their Planmaker spreadsheet you can click and follow a link. I use their Presentations software for all my powerpoint presentations now, and it handles slide animations with ease. Their ********* app works well with .doc and .docx files, with proper tracked changes.

It is not perfect yet but it is good enough that my laptop has not left my office for months now. I just take my tablet when I am away for work.

The software is available on the Play Store, but is not cheap - you have to buy each app separately and they came to a total of about 20 for all three I think. But that is peanuts compared with what I paid for MS Office. And you can get a free one month trial to decide if you like it.
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Why has somebody (presumably a mod) gone into my previous post and put asterisks in it where I had the name of the software maker and the app?? In fact the forum has now been set so that the name of both the manufacturer and app is now always replaced by asterisks. Also some other posts seem to have been deleted that back up my view of this software.

At first I thought it may have just been a mistake, but now it is obviously some sort of disgraceful and biased censorship on this forum, by a mod who must have a connection with another manufacturer and who does not want people to know that there is some better software out there.

Strange that all the other makers and apps names in this thread have remained intact, just the one I use and recommend!

For the avoidance of doubt, I have no connection whatsoever with this company, other than I am a very satisfied customer of their Android software for Word, Excel and Powerpoint. I am a senior member with over 600 posts to my name and I am VERY annoyed that somebody running this forum would change my post because they thought I was some sort of spammer.

For those that want to find this software, just search Office 2012 on Play Store. And also ask yourself why this forum does not want you to know about it.
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You're not the spammer, far from it in fact.

You're not being censored either (we don't do that to legitimate, contributing members like yourself), those who've repeatedly used our forum as a free promotional tool for their own software are. Regrettably, your posts just so happen have been caught in the cross fire.

If you want me to explain further, drop me a PM.
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Thank you and I am happy with the explanation you have PM'd me about, and I wholeheartedly withdraw my accusations of censorship and bias

However, notwithstanding any questionable activities by others, the apps in question are, in my opinion, still the best I have seen for use with word, excel and powerpoint files on Android tablets. I now no longer take my laptop away from my desk and instead I can use my tf300 for all my needs on the road (including trips of up to a month away). That is thanks to this software, plus Aquamail for my emails, which is another top class app.
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