Sunday, September 22, 2013

Late to the Game? Google's Free QuickOffice Offering @jcorippo @shirky17

This past week, Google announced the immediate availability of the free QuickOffice, one of the premier Office suites on the iPad. I remember because I considered buying (in fact, I may have) QuickOffice when doing this Comparison of iPad Office Suites.

However, after creating my World War Z presentation using QuickOffice, then app smashing it into Explain Everything, Final Argument, and Haiku Deck (shown below), I still find Keynote to the be the winner presentation tool. Aside from being able to import video into a Keynote presentation, which I've done on the fly in keynote presentations, I've found working in Keynote MUCH easier than QuickOffice. The key difference is how QuickOffice and Keynote interact with elements on the screen in presentation mode.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

For word processing mode, Google's QuickOffice misses the mark again. Here's why: GoogleDocs users have been waiting for a free app that allows one to interact with tables embedded in GoogleDrive word processing documents. QuickOffice should have been able to do this, but instead, all it offers is the ability to download a document and then interact with it. In fact, it tells you something along the lines of "Go use GoogleDrive" to edit Google documents.

This makes QuickOffice a "So what?" contender in the GoogleDocs scenario. Sure, it's a nice Office Suite but this move is a bit late. iPad users in schools needed QuickOffice for free a year or more ago, not now.

Now, as of September 1, 2013, new iPads and iOS devices come with iWorks suite for free. Why would anyone want to use QuickOffice for presentations when Keynote will do just as well, enabling them to save as Keynote, Powerpoint or PDF to GoogleDrive and other cloud storage locations?
  • Video Workflow: Saving From Keynote to GoogleDrive - My students have spent serious time creating their Keynote presentation and I’d like them to have a copy of it in Keynote or Powerpoint format, even if they don’t have an iPad. Can they save their Keynote file to Google Drive, work on it with their Mac computer (which has Keynote), save it back to Google Drive, then open it on their school iPad while in class?

Again, while QuickOffice is a nice download, I can't help but feel its a little too late. When Google first acquired this tool, that was when they should have made it available at no cost...and they should have enhanced it. If I could embed videos in presentations, edit tables in QuickOffice, that would certainly make me want to maybe move away from Keynote and Pages. But at this time, why bother?

In the meantime, I have Office2HD which DOES edit tables, interacts with cloud storage (including Drive), and does everything but let me embed video. It costs $7.99 and was worth the investment when QuickOffice was still $20 and owned by Google.

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1 comment:

Jeanne Reed said...

Too little and yes, too late. Thanks for sharing.

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