Defending ODF against OOXML in the UK

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Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
> On Wed, 2014-02-26 at 10:08 -0500, James Knott wrote:
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>> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andropenoffice
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> That doesn't work on my Kindle - tried it and kept getting an error
> message about not being able to download resources...
>
>

That would be a Kindle problem then.  It installed fine on my Nexus 7
tablet.  There is also an OpenOffice document viewer available.

A friend of mine has similar issues with her Kobo book reader.  It's a
customized Android tablet that can't install many apps.  I would
recommend people buy proper tablets than Android book readers, even if
though they may be cheaper.  Android tablets are also available with
bigger displays than book readers, which make them more useful for some
things.


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On February 26, 2014 7:37:15 AM PST, James Knott <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
> > On Wed, 2014-02-26 at 10:08 -0500, James Knott wrote:
> >
> >> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andropenoffice
> >>
> > That doesn't work on my Kindle - tried it and kept getting an error
> > message about not being able to download resources...
> >
> >
>
> That would be a Kindle problem then.  It installed fine on my Nexus 7
> tablet.  There is also an OpenOffice document viewer available.
>
> A friend of mine has similar issues with her Kobo book reader.  It's a
> customized Android tablet that can't install many apps.  I would
> recommend people buy proper tablets than Android book readers, even if
> though they may be cheaper.  Android tablets are also available with
> bigger displays than book readers, which make them more useful for
> some
> things.

I wish I could afford to purchase a 10" Android tablet. As it stands I am running this app on my 4.1" Motorola Atrix phone and though it's imperfect I am thrilled to be able to do so. Some day …   :-)


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James E Lang wrote:
> I wish I could afford to purchase a 10" Android tablet. As it stands I am running this app on my 4.1" Motorola Atrix phone and though it's imperfect I am thrilled to be able to do so. Some day …   :-)

I have a Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus 5 phone.  There are certainly things I
can do on my phone, but prefer to do on my tablet, due to the larger
display.  There are also things I do on my tablet that would be better
on a larger one.  However, regular Android devices should allow you to
run all apps, regardless of whether the display size is really the
best.  On the other hand, ereader tablets often won't let you even
install or run something you need.  There are also some low price
tablets that limit your options.


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Re: Defending ODF against OOXML in the UK

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On February 26, 2014 4:58:25 AM PST, James Knott  wrote:

>There is a version of OpenOffice for Android now available.  That will
certainly meet your requirements for working with ODF on a tablet,

AndroOffice is suitable only for editing _small_ documents.  
The major issues are:
* Navigation.  Navigator does not work;
* Size constraints:  If the document is larger than about 2 MB in size, the document will not be opened;
* Spell-checking: Custom dictionaries can not be installed on stock tablets.  (IOW, you have to root the device, in order to add dictionaries.)
* Extensions.  Allegedly, they can be installed, but I've been extremely unsuccessful in doing so;
* Templates: Allegedly, you can install your own, but I've been unsuccessful in doing so;
* Database:  Forget it. Install SQLiteManager, and learn SQL;

All that said, I constructed a couple of spreadsheets to replace apps that I installed.  A side-effect is that the spreadsheets can accept more types of data, and spit out more types of data, than the apps do.  

Two major issues with tablets as desktop/laptop replacements, is that they are neither multi-tasking, nor multi-user.   (Prior to getting my tablet, the last non-multi-user, non-multi-tasking platform was when I had an Apple //e.)
(Whilst I can install *Nix on the tablet,  that requires rooting the system, and replacing the kernel.  Something I'm not comfortable doing.)

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Jonathon wrote:
> Two major issues with tablets as desktop/laptop replacements, is that they are neither multi-tasking, nor multi-user.

Later versions of Android support multiple users.


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