LibreOffice based document editor comes to the iPad


LibreOffice is enjoying some serious adoption. CloudOn, a US-based company has launched a document editor for Apple’s iPad which is based of free and open source LibreOffice. The company says in a press statement that the app offers a, “…new experience for creating and editing mobile documents with a gesture-first doc editor that removes all the clutter, overload and lag of yesterday’s tools. Now people can intuitively create and collaborate on thoughts, ideas and information in ways that fits with the way they work.”

“CloudOn was the first company to bring Microsoft Office to mobile devices, delivering mobile productivity to millions of people,” said Milind Gadekar, CEO and co-founder of CloudOn. “We are excited to transform this space once again with the launch of our new doc editor. Users will benefit from the intuitive, designed-for-mobile experience, without loosing the functionality of Word documents.”

The key features of the app include:

– Gesture-first design: Made for ease and speed. Just tap, type, pinch and swipe to create, edit, style and more.
– Compatible: Works with Microsoft Word, so you can read, edit and share without worrying about formatting or compatibility.
– Open: Works with Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, so you can access all your existing files without moving anything.
– Offline ready: Work on docs from anywhere, even on a plane.

The app doesn’t, unfortunately, fully support the ISO approved ODF format. By fully I mean it can open and edit .odt files, but can’t create new files in odt.

The Document says in a press statement:

CloudOn’s new iPad app is powered by LibreOffice, the best free office suite ever. CloudOn has leveraged LibreOffice advanced features for this new gesture-first mobile editor, and has contributed back the extensive DOCX interoperability improvements, which have been integrated in LibreOffice 4.2 and LibreOffice 4.3.

CloudOn’s new iPad app also supports the LibreOffice native Open Document Format (ODF), the only true open document standard. Because of this unique feature, it has better interoperability performances than any other mobile document editor.

Another area is integration with cloud services. Even if you have Dropbox or Google Drive installed on your iPad you can’t give access to the app by clicking on the icon, you will need to give your account details. If you want to work on Google Docs, the app will create a docx version of the document so you won’t be able to work on the same copy between Google Docs app and CloudOn.

The app, from the first hand experience, looks quite neat on the iPad. You can download and try it out now.

  • JoeBobsFineFoods

    The only problem is that it is pretty much impossible to easily close a document you are working on. Frustrating.