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Can you create documents in the new kindle fire?


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Initial post: Oct 6, 2011 12:05:51 PM PDT
I would love something smaller than a laptop to write my book on--does the new kindle fire let you compose documents you upload? If so, what file extensions? Tell me about your experience with it and how it works if so, if you could please :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 12:19:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2011 12:21:16 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
"Tell me about your experience with it and how it works if so, if you could please :)"

They are only taking pre-orders right now - so you will have to wait till someone actually gets one to play with....

There are android apps that you can buy to do some editing of Office type documents (doc, xls, ppt, ...), but given the size of the device it will be like trying to do wordprocessing on your cell phone..

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 5:11:55 PM PST
I just got the kindle fire, there are apps available for document creation. I just downloaded Evernote and it is just amazing

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 5:03:14 PM PST
How do you type something on an Amazon Fire? Is there a touch screen keyboard--how easy is it to use? Can a document be saved?

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 1:27:05 PM PST
J.G says:
I've got the same question as Adele, I write stories and I'd like to be able to work on them while away from my computer without having to lug around my notebook. If possible that would be a big selling point on the fire for me.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 1:41:48 PM PST
JeffK says:
Yes, it's possible. I use QuickOffice Pro from the Amazon Market. It'll work with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and has a PDF viewer. Bear in mind the Kindle Fire has an on-screen keyboard without any tactile feedback, so typing anything longer than a few lines may be cumbersome. It's great for quick notes, short emails, and so forth, but you might find it tiring on a small keyboard. After about two paragraphs I'm tired of hunt-and-peck typing, but it's a personal preference. If they offered Swype as a keyboard format, it would be easier - but that's not an option just yet. There's also no way to use an external keyboard.

Hope that helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 3:42:37 PM PST
Thanks, it helps.

For a writer, maybe a netbook would work better. Does everything the Fire would do, I think, but with a real keyboard, skype feature, etc.

Am I missing something?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 3:44:48 PM PST
How does Evernote work?

Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 5:23:39 PM PST
Georgia Tuss says:
@Adele
The Fire is handy for many things but composing long documents "ain't" on of them. Heck, I even have a "real keyboard" and mouse for my laptop. Tablets just aren't made production work. They are for fun stuff!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 7:27:15 PM PST
Thank you, Georgia. You're right.

Adele

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 7:35:05 PM PST
Ernie says:
If they incorporate SWYPE, it'd be measurably improved.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 7:42:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 7, 2011 7:42:59 PM PST
J. Spotts says:
or a way to tether the keyboard through the wifi and actually select it as an option. Fat chance of that happening though, but I think Swype could be made to work in future updates.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 7:42:45 PM PST
A. Tsurukame says:
The fact that my iPad could use my wireless Mac keyboard was a plus and has allowed me to take notes at meetings and writing up documents, in fact it's made my life easier, so I think tablets, as a device, Android or iOS, can be used for writing.

But as it is, in regards to the Kindle Fire, I agree that it isn't suited for writing long documents via it's virtual keyboard. Hopefully you can add a separate keyboard in the future.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 7:52:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 7, 2011 7:52:22 PM PST
Ernie says:
No, since the use is mobile...in an airplane seat, no usb/ bluetooth keyboards, please.
Also, live within the cost constraints Amazon choose.

The truth is, the device is not for writing the next great novel, but for reading it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2011 7:14:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 8, 2011 7:16:28 AM PST
Georgia Tuss says:
@Ernie
I must agree with you. Why everyone wants to turn the Fire into a Swiss Army Computer is beyond me. It is not a production computer and even with a keyboard twice as big as the Fire, will it never be. I do a bit of writing and design work and I am not even comfortable with limitations of a netbook. Give me a desktop or a Laptop with a full size keyboard and a mouse for a truly productive tool. The Fire is for fun and that is enough.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2011 7:26:21 AM PST
Georgia Tuss says:
Yes, but why? You have phone don't you! Skype on your phone.
When you get yourself a Yorkshire Terrier, it is going take a few dozen generations and a lot of work turn it into a German Shepard. Why not just get German Shepard in the first place.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2011 7:39:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 8, 2011 7:40:41 AM PST
Georgia Tuss says:
When you finally get a keyboard that is big enough for human fingers to produce the great american novel, you won't be able to see what your creating 'cause the screen will be too small. Wait a minute..I think I just invented the laptop!

If we must reinvent the mobile tablet device, how about combining a tablet (with the required processor power) with Dragon dictation software.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 1:31:52 PM PST
Cassie says:
I realize that you guys don't think it should be used for writing books and all that but I would put up with it because I'm in no hurry. I could take my time writing my book on a kindle in my free time instead of lugging around my computer. Whenever I get an idea I would always have a device to keep it on. And by the way none of you are really answering the question. Just commenting on it in my case doesn't change my mind. If someone could answer it clearly and maybe give instructions somehow that would be great.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 2:55:24 PM PST
Rose P in PV says:
I think JeffK answered the question with "QuickOffice Pro from the Amazon Market. It'll work with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and has a PDF viewer." He said Using the KF keyboard was tiring for him, but that was a personal observation. Manishankar Rajagopal said Evernote worked for notes too.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2012 4:16:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2012 4:18:24 PM PST
A. Dietz says:
Cassie, there are several word processing/office apps that are compatible with Microsoft products, including:
Documents-to-go
QuickOffice
SmartOffice
OfficeSuite

Some have free limited/trial versions, with fully featured paid versions. The advantage of these is you can transfer material you write on your Kindle Fire back and forth to your computer where you can open them in Microsoft Word to edit.

There are also a number of note-taking apps, the one I use is called Notepad.

You can search for these in the Amazon app store, try them out, and stick with the one(s) you like.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 4:25:11 PM PST
I've tried several note apps on the KF and think they're just fine for longer pieces of work. I write what I can and then send it off to gmail so I can add it to google docs. The keyboard can be difficult, but it goes a LOT faster using the insert word option instead of trying to use it as a regular keyboard. It is slower, but I actually find it the closest thing to writing out in longhand I've come across. It sure beats the heck out of having nothing at hand:-)

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 7:12:07 PM PDT
I just want to write on the kindle fire NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 7:13:25 PM PDT
I am with you!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 7:14:47 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
So go write notes, what's stopping you? And why did you have to post this on multiple threads?

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 7:16:41 PM PDT
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