Best ... alternatives to Microsoft Word on an iPad

There are many word processing apps available through the Apple App Store. If you want to create documents such as letters, reports, or articles here are some of the best options.  

Open Word Processor

The key features of this app allow you to create and edit not only Microsoft Word docs 2007 and 2010, but also text documents created in Open Office. It has some of the main formatting tools, which are present in MS Word, such as text highlighting and drawing. If you have a Dropbox, Google Docs, Google Drive and account, you can use this app to edit any documents you have stored in these cloud facilities.

Textilus Word Processor 

There is also actually a free version Textilus Microsoft Word, but its capabilities would be limited. Just like Open Word Processor, this allows you to create and edit Microsoft and Open Office documents, but unlike Open Word Processor (OWP), it specifically outlines its ability to insert charts, create signatures and insert photographs. Textilus does not mention which versions of MS Word it works with.

Document Writer - Word Processor and Reader for Microsoft Office

Create and edit documents, the same as OWP and Textilus, but no mention of Open Office documents. It also covers the range of activities that are expected in Microsoft Word. This app will work with Dropbox, but the feature which stood out, was the free email support it claims to provide.

UX Write – iPad Word Processor 

Looking to give your documents a real professional twist? Although quite expensive for an app, this might suit your needs. UX Write can: 
  • Read and write Microsoft Word documents 
  • Read and write HTML5
  • Write Adobe PDF
  • Print directly from your iPhone/iPad with Apple Air print
  • Email documents in Word, HTML5 and PDF formats
  • Secure, fully automatic Dropbox and WebDave synchronisation
Hint - If you consider buying any of the above apps, check out the reviews  on the App Store for each app. You will find that every app works well for some people and not for others.  
Lynne Thompson is a Digital Unite tutor, Digital Champion and a tutor-assessor for the Digital Unite Academy.