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Quickoffice Connect™ Mobile Suite for iPad

Posted: October 27, 2010 by luckystu in Productivity
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Quickoffice

Price: $23.99 – Available through iTunes

Official App Description/Marketing spiel: “ ACCESS. VIEW. EDIT. SHARE. Quickoffice Connect™ Mobile Suite is the FIRST and ONLY full-featured Microsoft® Office productivity suite for iPad with integrated access to multiple cloud services.”

With Quickoffice Connect™ Mobile Suite for iPad you can:

  • Create, open and edit Microsoft® Office files (DOC, DOCX, XLS and XLSX)
  • Access and view PowerPoint files (PPT and PPTX)
  • E-mail, view & access attachments with popular file formats (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, PDF, iWork, HTML, PNG, JPG, GIF, SVG, TIF, MP3, etc.)
  • Remotely access files via remote storage providers (Box.net, Dropbox, Google Docs and MobileMe)
  • Manage and transfer files via WiFi or via iTunes® using USB
  • Open attachments in Quickoffice from your native iPad® e-mail client

Getting documents into QuickOffice HD is very easy via the usual USB and iTunes sync function; just add your documents and when you sync, they appear in the app. I’ve found, however, that I never use iTunes with the app. Quickoffice has great ad hoc Wi Fi and cloud syncing features which are so easy to use, and so very convenient, that all of my docs end up saved through the cloud. The docs are immediately, and automatically, copied and updated in the cloud folder on my home computer, so version control is not a problem. I use Dropbox for cloud storage, but QuickOffice also supports MobileMe iDisk (both public and private), Google Docs, and Box.net. Just enter your login details and QuickOffice will sync the folders to your iPad, but not the content. The folder content will give a preview but only load when you access the document. Once accessed, it’s stored locally.

iPad email attachments are recognised by Quickoffice, which provides view and save options. Documents saved in Quickoffice on your iPad, or accessed from the cloud via Quickoffice, can be easily deleted using a very nice drag and drop feature. Locally stored docs can be dragged to cloud folders and vice versa. Similarly, documents can be easily emailed by dragging and dropping to an email icon. The downside is that only one document can be emailed at a time. A work around is zipping multiple documents using Good Reader. Perhaps Quickoffice will address this at some point in the future.

Documents are opened with a tap, and are easy to rename. I didn’t like the inclusion of the document file extension within the renaming feature; if I deleted the entire file name, I would have to retype the extension in order for the document to be recognised. Navigation within documents is easy and innovative. Documents can be pinched out to zoom, and you can easily flick through pages. A great navigation feature is the ability to tap and hold on the right side of the screen, which brings up a preview of each page in the document via a Mac OS X dock-style preview with magnification. You can then slide your finger down these preview pages to select the one you want, which is not only stylish but easy to use.

Quickoffice has the usual word processing and spreadsheet tools, including Apple’s cut, copy, and paste. The formatting tools are logically arranged and easy to use. All of the basic formatting options are available including bold, colours, fonts, underline, alignment, formats, etc. There is also a nice built-in saving feature which auto saves your work every minute.

For the spreadsheet application, pinching also zooms and you are given very convenient selection handles for selecting cells.  Although the version I have only allows access and viewing of PowerPoint files (PPT and PPTX), the company website states that a free update is coming soon to create and edit PowerPoint files.

All in all, this is an excellent app for less than $A24.

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