OfficeSuite Pro (the one I use most) on sale for ninety-nine cents..plus you get $1 for MP3s
I do use my Kindle Fire for work, even though I make a point with people that it is primarily for entertainment.
One of the things that makes that possible is
which is normally $14.99, but it is on sale right now for ninety-nine cents.
How does it help?
It lets me not only display Microsoft Office files, it lets me work with them (albeit in a somewhat limited way) as well. They say:
“The program supports Microsoft Office 97 to 2010 text documents – DOC and DOCX (open , edit, and save), Microsoft Office 97 to 2010 spreadsheets – XLS and XLSX (open , edit, and save), opening PPT, PPTX, PPS, and PPSX presentations, PDF files viewing, and integration with Google Docs.”
How do I use it?
Two things, mainly.
I was given a spreadsheet of people that I needed to see about something. When I go into the clinics, I don’t carry my laptop…it would be too awkward. I do carry my Fire. I could change the color of the cells for the people I had seen, which made it easy to keep track.
The other thing I use it for is PowerPoint presentations. I am often helping people at their desks. We’ll have a PowerPoint that goes through something, and I can show it to them right there. It’s big enough for people to see, in my experience.
What I do is e-mail the document to myself at my regular e-mail. I use the Fire’s built-in e-mail app, and download the file to the device. I then can use OfficeSuite Pro to open that file, and I’m good to go. I don’t need wi-fi to access the file after that.
I couldn’t use Amazon’s personal document service to send myself a PowerPoint and use it on the Fire, because it doesn’t know how to open it.
As I mentioned, it isn’t like using the full program. One interesting limitation (which seems to be common in mobile versions of Excel) is that I don’t think you can sort the columns. My guess is that has something to do with the amount of memory it takes to sort (which is a lot), but that’s just a guess.
Honestly, I would jump on this. It’s the kind of thing that you might not think you need, but then at some point, it’s a lifesaver. You can also use apps like this on multiple devices. If you end up adding a user to your account at some point, maybe someone who is a student, it might suddenly get a lot of use.
By the way, I also have another popular Office program on my Fire, Quickoffice Pro, but I just don’t find that I use it (although I think I’ve given it a fair testing). I don’t like the “feel” of it as much…and hey, it isn’t ninety-nine cents right now. ;)
Oh, I realized I didn’t mention that $1 for MP3s thing. When you buy this, you get a gift certificate for $1 to use at Amazon’s MP3 store…so if you use, Amazon is basically paying you a penny to get OfficeSuite Pro. Of course, you may end up spending more than that on MP3s, but it’s still a good deal.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.