Quickoffice Pro HD for iPad review

Want to view and edit Microsoft Office documents on your iPad? Now you can, with Quickoffice Pro HD.

While Microsoft hasn’t released any tools to work with Office files on iOS, other vendors have stepped up with a range of solutions to view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Quickoffice Pro HD is one such tool; and, pleasingly, it’s both versatile and rapid.

Viewing is simple: you can add files via iTunes’ file sharing, by email, or via a direct network transfer to your iPad. You can also access files stored in cloud services.

Editing these files is relatively simple, as long as your needs are simple too. In Word and Excel, you can edit text by tapping and using the on-screen keyboard. You can’t edit graphics in Word files, though you can manipulate graphics in PowerPoint documents to a degree.

One quibble is that some formatting doesn’t display in Quickoffice Pro HD. We added a complex Word document to the program, and backgrounds for paragraphs and page breaks didn’t show up.

You can share documents via email, or post them to digital services such as Facebook and Twitter. You can also save as PDFs to share, or print using AirPrint and a compatible printer.

You can create documents, too – but you’re limited to Office 2003 and 2007 formats (for Mac users, that means 2004 and 2008), and font and formatting options are limited.

OUR VERDICT

You won’t be able to use Quickoffice Pro HD for fancy document creation, but if you need to make some changes to a spreadsheet, contract or presentation, or just read Office documents on your iPad, this tool will meet your needs. Formatting options are limited, but for viewing or editing text on the go, Quickoffice Pro HD is quite efficient.

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