RocketDocs Makes Google Docs Editing More Mac-like

RocketDocs Makes Google Docs Editing More Mac-like

RocketDocs brings Google Docs to your desktop and makes editing more Mac-like

One of the hallmarks of Google Docs (and now Google Drive) is that you can use it anywhere. Within reason, any device with a modern web browser can deliver some level of viewing, editing, and collaboration. On iOS devices, however, native Office-style apps like Quickoffice tend to deliver a somewhat better user experience and are capable of opening, editing, and syncing documents with your Google.

There’s a clear value for such capability on an iOS device in that most apps deliver a better experience than Google Docs running in mobile Safari. Is there a similar need on the desktop? Would a native app a better solution than using Chrome or Safari on your Mac? According to Mac/iOS developer Tricky Duck, the answer is yes.

Tricky Duck announced the latest version of its RocketDocs app today. The app, which costs $5.99 and is available in the Mac App Store, offers the ability to use a dedicated app rather than a browser to work with documents in your Google Docs/Drive account. It supports some key Mac/Lion features including full-screen editing, multi-touch gestures, and drag-and-drop editing. Like other apps it can be accessed from the Dock as well as the Mac’s menubar.

RocketDocs does have two general limitations, however. Currently it doesn’t support Google Apps accounts. For individual users, that may not be a problem. For companies, schools, and government agencies that have migrated to Google Apps from Microsoft Office, this makes RocketDocs a non-started in many ways. The other missing feature, which is more surprising and more limiting, is that it doesn’t support offline editing. That’s particularly disappointing – offline access through some sync mechanism would be a killer feature in RocketDocs for anyone needing to work on the road. Still, there is more than a little value in the app’s core goal of making Google Docs a more app-like and Mac-like experience.

If it’s offline capabilities you’re after, however, The official Google Drive client may be a better option because it simply syncs your content to a folder on your Mac. If you haven’t made the transition from Google Docs to Google Drive, GoSync is well-received $4.99 alternative.

  • Shane Bryson

    So, essentially, it’s a $6 bookmark? What a waste.

  • mailStover

    What is that wallpaper called?

  • Karl Robak

    Couldn’t you just make a Fluid “browser”?

  • Julio Ojeda-Zapata

    You sure about the Google Apps incompatibility? I seem to be logged in and using RocketDocs with my Google Apps account just fine ‘n’ dandy. Please double-check this, and issue a correction if warranted.

  • John Acquito

    Google Apps is working fine.

  • Roger J. Stevens

    Google docs is ok, but I think CollateBox is much better especially for my mobile workforce management. Go through it at http://www.collatebox.com

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Ryan FaasRyan Faas is a technology journalist and consultant living in upstate New York who has written extensively about Apple, business and enterprise IT, and the mobile industry. In addition to writing for Cult of Mac, he is a contributor to Computerworld, InformIT, and Peachpit Press. In a previous existence he was a healthcare IT director as well as a systems and network administrator. Follow Ryan on Twitter and Google +

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