Last year I was hot ‘n bothered for a mobile office app. What I got was Quickoffice, an app that went through a lengthy teething stage, but eventually became an iPhone keeper. This year’s Quickoffice Connect Mobile for the iPad is the culmination of a year’s worth of tweaks, good ol’ fashioned GUI design, and a glut of file support.
While most of us are still in awe of iWorks being showcased on an iPad at the recent Apple Event, many forget that there are solid and almost fully-functional office suites for the iPhone as well. My personal favourite – Quickoffice (TMA Review)- just got updated to version 3.0 with a short but significant list of new features.
- Access your Google Docs, Box.net, Dropbox, & MobileMe accounts!
- General enhancements.
I’ve seen quite a few moans out there that there is no way to utilize the power of Google Docs on the iPhone. Well, now you can! You can access all of the files there just like you could with the MobileMe account as well. Quickoffice will download them to the iPhone to make any changes and then upload them back after they are complete. The Box.net integration is also a nice touch, since it is a medium used by some other productivity suites, like iThoughts (mindmapping) – TMA Review.
Quickoffice, Inc., Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite – $9.99
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The 1.3 point release of QuickOffice brings with it some exciting changes. The first, you may notice is its new, low price of 12.99$. When I had originally reviewed the suite, it cost 19.99$, so the new sale price represents a savings of 35%. QuickOffice is still not useful as a Chinese/Japanese input editor, but its new features make for a much more useful suite.
Quickoffice, Quickoffice® Mobile Office Suite, 12.99$, 7.4 MB
Quickoffice, Inc., have reduced Quickword’s price from 12.99$ to 4.99$ for the first 1000 customers. The productivity suite has overcome inherent iPhone OS obstacles to debut cut/copy/paste before the trinity’s debut in Apple’s own OS 3.0. We paid special attention to Quickword in our review of Quickoffice and later, expounded some differences between the initial release and subsequent updates.
Quickoffice, Quick Word, 4.99$, 4.5MB
In my formal review of QuickOffice 1.0, I questioned whether a software suite that missed too many features was worth 20$. QuickOffice 1.2.0 fixes many of the problems by adding features that should have been present in the first release and adding a couple of undocumented requests.
I can safely raise my own evaluation of QuickOffice to a Grab, but QuickOffice is still perhaps not up to the standards needed by people who use mobile Office products on a regular basis. Most of the upgrades, especially predictive text input, auto-capitalisation and double-space for a full stop (period) balance the app suite, but are overshadowed slightly by some strange behaviour in the text editing window. For instance, if you want to go up to the furthest left space and input text, you will be apt to click the ‘back’ button rather than successfully move the cursor to the top. The zoom tool works well, but navigating to any extremity of the screen is still a chore.
Quickoffice, Quickoffice® Mobile Office Suite, 19.99$, 6.9 MB
Join the long list of people waiting for a proper Microsoft Office editing suite. Take a number. Have a seat. And maybe a coffee. Several good options have made appearance at the App Store but none are quite ready to be dubbed true Office Editors.
QuickOffice, a suite a suite comprised of Word and Excel editors, takes charge of a few great features of the iDevice and makes Office editing possible along with file sharing and creation. To attest the fact, this review has entirely been written on my iPod touch.
Dictionaries? Covered. Wikipedia? Getting there. The App Store even has Bibles now and entire Bible libraries, but its list of productivity and reference apps is far from complete. QuickOffice have brought forth an iPhone iteration of their popular mobile software which is specifically tweaked for the iPhone and iPod Touch. My wife and I tend to spend a goodly amount of time pouring over excel files both for her work and for our finances and I am a slowly doctoring myself into a Word junkie. I have been fortunate enough to use it now for about two weeks and feel that my experience with it is enough to finish an in-depth review. Look for that on Monday.