Image gallery: Quickoffice for iPhone has a couple major limiting issues

Image gallery: Quickoffice for iPhone has a couple major limiting issues

Summary: The iPhone is one of my favorite mobile devices, but the lack of Office document support is a bit limiting for those of us who need a device that lets us view, edit, and create documents and spreadsheets on the go. I was quite excited after seeing Quickoffice for the iPhone at CTIA. I talked with them about the upcoming product and some future updates already underway for the application. I have been checking iTunes regularly and finally saw it appear in the App Store so I went out and purchased it. Quickoffice is composted of Quicksheet, Quickword, and Quickoffice Files and you can actually purchase them separately if you like. After a couple hours of usage, I have to say Quicksheet is quite good and Quickword needs a couple of immediate updates. The application still shows how other mobile platforms are far ahead of the iPhone in some important areas (file structure/access and Office document support). Check out my image gallery for screenshots.

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The iPhone is one of my favorite mobile devices, but the lack of Office document support is a bit limiting for those of us who need a device that lets us view, edit, and create documents and spreadsheets on the go. I was quite excited after seeing Quickoffice for the iPhone at CTIA. I talked with them about the upcoming product and some future updates already underway for the application. I have been checking iTunes regularly and finally saw it appear in the App Store so I went out and purchased it. Quickoffice is composed of Quicksheet, Quickword, and Quickoffice Files and you can actually purchase them separately if you like. After a couple hours of usage, I have to say Quicksheet is quite good while Quickword needs a couple of immediate updates. The application still shows how other mobile platforms are far ahead of the iPhone in some important areas (file structure/access and Office document support). Check out my image gallery for screenshots.


Image Gallery:Check out screenshots of Quickoffice for the iPhone. Image Gallery: Quickoffice icon Image Gallery: Working with Word docs

Highlights: I won't relist all of the features for each of the three parts of Quickoffice since you can see all of them on the Quickoffice for the iPhone website. A few areas that I find particularly good are the background autosave, selection bars, enhanced magnifier, and support for iPhone zooming technique.

If you go to another application or switch out of Quickoffice your current document state is saved and you will come right back to that document spot when you relaunch Quickoffice. The selection bars are easy to access with a double tap on a word or a triple tap (selects entire paragraph). The enhanced magnifier zooms you into a larger portion of the display than just the word view you get by default on your iPhone, which is an area I always struggle with. Quickoffice supports zooming in and out with pinch gestures.

What's wrong with it?: Quickoffice is a very promising application, but a few areas make it a "beta" release in my book and I can understand some of the low ranking on iTunes. Here are where I see Quickoffice needing help fast:

  1. No predictive keyboard entry support in Quickword
  2. Single press of shift key turns on caps lock
  3. No way to email documents or get them from attachments in email

The keyboard works with the iPhone predictive feature in Quicksheet so I have to believe this was just some minor oversight that allowed this limited version onto iTunes. IMHO, you cannot use the iPhone keyboard accurately without the predictive text functionality, especially since Bluetooth keyboards are not yet supported.

I don't quite understand the single press shift key issue and think it is tied to the predictive text capability since the shift key works like it should in Quicksheet.

At this time, you can use MobileMe to get documents onto and off the iPhone, but I do not have a MobileMe account so am not using this method. The only other way to get documents on and off your iPhone is by connecting your iPhone and a computer to the same wireless network and then using a web page on your computer to access the iPhone. If your iPhone goes into standby mode then the connection gets lost and you will not longer be connected. While this method does work pretty well and is fast, my real critical need for document editing and viewing is while I am out and about and get sent a file via email. After I receive and edit that file, I also often like to send it back out. I cannot do either of these things with the iPhone, but I can with my BB, S60, and Windows Mobile devices.

Even though the App Store description states that email support to send out documents is provided, I cannot find this capability anywhere in the application or on my iPhone.

I hope the folks at Quickoffice jump on these issues and get an update out soon because I truly do think it can be a must-have application for the iPhone. I also understand the great folks at DataViz are working on their iPhone Documents To Go program so competition should help out all of us.

Topics: iPhone, Collaboration, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Keep an eye on DataViz

    Yup, keep an eye on DataViz. Their software is great for mobile platforms.
    CobraA1
  • RE: Image gallery: Quickoffice for iPhone has a couple major limiting issue

    I am surprised that QuickOffice does not leverage the
    QuickFiles app for file access and email capability.
    I have QuickFiles and it would be nice if the files
    that are stored in the apps' storage area could be
    accessed by QuickOffice.
    JNGold
  • Very inconsistent application

    As the review says: no email in or out right now, even though it's advertised.

    Last fall this company was working towards Google Docs connectivity, but they
    seemed to have dropped this for MobileMe, which many iPhone users have no
    other use for. $99 a year to sync my files? I understand that's not a huge sum,
    but it's not going to quickoffice, so why did they do this?

    Cut & Paste works in word but not sheet. Strange. No autocorrect and other
    common iPhone keyboard shortcuts. Landscape edit works in word but not
    sheet also.

    I could go on with other missing features, but some advanced features are to
    be expected missing at first. But I don't get this whole concept of pushing
    unfinished products into the app store. If it doesn't have the advertised features,
    it's unfinished.
    Tyringrey
  • Run MS Office on your iPhone


    It's possible to run MS Office on your iPhone if you have an XP Pro machine lying around ( or use parallels virtual machine ) with the help of 2 software:- Mochasoft and ThinServer

    http://mochasoft.dk/iphone_rdp.htm
    http://www.aikotech.com/thinserver.htm
    ThinkFairer
    • It's possible...

      ...but not very efficient or user friendly.

      I used the iPhone version of Citrix XenApp which Citrix just released, and I use WinAdmin to control consoles to my servers. They work in a pinch when something needs done quick, though long-term use isn't feasible. You're constantly zooming in and out tending to need a closer zoom to get some screen taps to work, the screen taps to operate the app on the server aren't always reliably relayed from the mobile app, there's no corrective keyboard function like the reviewer mentioned in Quickword that is really necessary to use the keyboard efficiently. There's more.

      Designing a good mobile app of Office is the best choice. It's just going to take time for companies to get it right. I've read that MS has a mobile Office coming for iPhone, though no details are given. I'm under the impression it will be cloud-based. If it's anything like Google's recently redesigned web-apps, I think it will be a success. I can only see Microsoft designing a cloud-based mobile platform that would fit most mobile phones rather than something dedicated to their competitor. But I may be surprised. Who knows? :)
      MaxKorban
  • It's not too bad but.......

    Unfortunately I receive approximately 80% of the documents I need to update via email. And I am on the road....

    So, unless they come up with a way to allow me to do this to email attachments, Quickoffice is just so much eye candy. And not very sweet at that...


    rhonin
  • RE: Image gallery: Quickoffice for iPhone has a couple major limiting issue

    This company has some serious ethics issues. Read the
    Quicksheet reviews in iTunes. I was one who purchased
    MobileFiles Pro that soon became Quicksheet. Quickoffice
    advertised MobileFiles Pro as the application that would have
    all of the features of what is now Quickoffice. So those early
    adopters got the shaft...

    Read the reviews of Quicksheet. The story is all there.
    tmanns