[maemo-users] What is the best app to read .doc or .ppt files on N810

From: Mark wolfmane at gmail.com
Date: Sat Nov 15 00:49:26 EET 2008
On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 3:32 PM, sebastian maemo
<sebastian.maemo at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2008/11/14, COURTAUD Didier <didier.courtaud at cea.fr>:
>> I receive frequenty such files my email on my tablet.
>> How can I read them on the tablet ?
> You can convert DOC and PPT files to PDF with OpenOffice (from you
> Desktop). OpenOffice is free and available for GNU and Windows and
> more...
> Salut,
> Sebas.

That's a good point, and there are actually lots of ways to convert
documents to PDF, but that only allows you to read them on the tablet,
not edit them. If all you need to do is read them, you can convert to
PDF from any application by using one of the "print to PDF" utilities,
some of which are free. PDFCreator (http://www.pdfforge.org/) is
probably the best of those.

However, the original question was was asking how to open documents
attached to email on the tablet, which implies without the aid of
another machine.

I only know of two ways:
1) Install Easy Debian and use OOo on the tablet
2) Use Google Docs, which can convert to PDF as well as open the
Microsoft formats

The former requires a large SD card and is probably very slow, the
latter requires an active Internet connection and isn't as reliable in
dealing with the formatting. YMMV, but I have yet to get Abiword to
open anything other than its own proprietary format - even plain text
or HTML files don't work.


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