QuickOffice HD for iPad- app review

This week I am looking at QuickOffice HD for iPad. In my ongoing pursuit of productivity apps, I am very pleased with what is coming out of the development community for iPad. Does QuickOffice HD raise the bar again? Let's dive right in and take a look.

Getting documents into QuickOffice HD is a relative snap. First you have the familiar ability to sync from iTunes. Just add your documents and when you sync, they appear in the app. However, the more useful feature is the ability to sync to the cloud. QuickOffice supports the basic usual suspects: MobileMe iDisk- both public and private, Google Docs, Dropbox and Box.net. You enter in your login credentials 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 stored locally. You can also open and save documents from email and that is always a bonus.

Folder navigation is very similar to the Macintosh Finder column view. It is my preferred view on the Mac, so I was very pleased with this and it was instantly familiar to me. You can create new folders with a simple tap of the plus icon and deleting and email documents is a breeze, just tap and hold the document and drag and drop it on the respective email and delete icons on the bottom of the screen.

To open a document you can tap on the name or rename it by tapping the blue arrow indicative in iOS for more information. Navigation within documents is easy and innovative. For example in a document you can pinch out to zoom and you are presented with all of the pages. You can then quickly flick to the end of your document. However, a great alternative is to tap and old on the right side of the screen. You can then slide your finger down and are presented a preview of each page in the document via the Mac OS X dock- style preview with magnification; very, very nice. For the spreadsheet application, pinching also zooms and you are given very convenient  selection handles for selecting cells. I prefer the feature over what some competitors offer. There is also nice built-in safety feature; the app auto saves your work every minute. So if you forget to save and close the app, your are safe.

Creating documents and spreadsheets is easy and fun. All of the basic formatting options are available. Bold, colors, fonts, underline, alignment, formats, etc. For any sort of lite editing, this application will fit your needs. However there is one glaring omission: a presentation document. That's right, QuickOffice HD does not support PowerPoint or any other presentation application document format. This is such a shame as it is very close to being my favorite document creation and editing tool on the iPad. However, not having this support is a a serious hit for me in productivity and the competition has a leg up here. However, Quick Office does so many things right, I find myself going back and forth between iWork for iPad, Documents to Go for iPad and QuickOffice HD depending on what I have to do. Competition is good and all of these apps does something better then the other.

[$9.99- iTunes Link]

Pros

  • Takes advantage of iPad's screen real estate
  • Innovative scrolling methods
  • Easy interface to understand and use
  • Opens many other documents, but in view-only

Cons

  • Missing PowerPoint functionality
  • Not a lot of advanced features

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QuickOffice HD for iPad- app review

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I have both D2G and QO for the iPhone. On the iPhone, I actually prefer QO as I feel the interface is a bit more polished. However, I am disappointed that QO did not follow DataViz's lead and release a universal binary for use on the iPad. With the functionality pretty much a push between both office suites, I'll keep D2G on the iPad as my primary doc viewer.

I don't see how you can give this 3 stars. No matter what features it has, if you can't import docs or sheets without it messing them up, then its useless. Likewise, exporting.
I see these "office" suites as nothing more than viewers.

I know this is along shot, but does anyone know if equation editor in Word is supported? I am math teacher, so until someone works this out, all of these apps are worthless to me.

@scubannights negative. You cannot use functions in this or any of the other Document tools iPad that I am aware of. It may keep the formula intact with result, but you cannot add new functions. Give it time, these apps are slowly gaining features and functionality. It will happen eventually.
I never thought I would say this, but I wouldn't mind Microsoft getting in the arena to spice things up a bit. There tools have never been great before on mobile platforms, but with iPad I think they can improve.

Since you say in the review that "all of these apps [iWork for iPad, Documents to Go for iPad] does something better then the other", how about a chart showing which features are available (and unavailable) in each? That would be a great thing to have!

I guess the ipad was never designed for this sort of thing. maybe when the next generation of tablets will come with the full mac os rather than this IOS crap.

The reason I just bought the Apps was because I was looking for an Apps that I can use to edit Microsoft Publisher. I ended up getting this one. The new one has Microsoft PowerPoint editing function and I am sure it works perfectly well. Maybe they fix that later. A good review.