QuickOffice For iPad Adds Track Changes And Comments For Word Files

QuickOffice Pro HD — an app which takes not only its feature-set but its naming conventions from Microsoft Office — has gotten a big, big new feature. Now you can not only edit office documents, but you can track changes and comments in DOC and DOCX files.

Lawyers, editors, authors and anyone else forced to use office on the Mac or PC can now do their work from the bar or bus, as God intended.

QuickOffice isn’t the first iPad app to add track changes: that honor went to Office2 HD. But Office2 does it with an interface so confusing and user-hostile it could have been designed by Microsoft itself. QuickOffice is still ugly, but at least you won’t be tearing your hair out when you use it.

You can still open and edit all kinds of Office files, including PowerPoint (for impromptu audience-torturing sessions on the go), but here are the main changes found in QuickOffice Pro HD 5.1:

  • Track Changes – Create, Edit, & View in documents (.doc & .docx)
  • Comments – Create, Edit, & View in documents (.doc & .docx)
  • Spell Check – View & Correct Misspelled words in documents (.doc & .docx)
  • Dictionary – See word definitions by highlighting in documents (.doc & .docx)
  • iOS 6 Certification

Let’s amuse ourselves here. I have never used QuickOffice (I have too much respect for myself to ever open a DOC file anywhere but Pages), but can an iOS app really have gotten all the way to v5.1 (v5.0 seems never to have existed in public) without a spellcheck? Or a dictionary?

Perhaps I’m missing something here — maybe this means it gets Word’s powerful per-paragraph spellcheck, which will be awesome for The Lady when she does translation work. If so, e-mail me to let me know and I’ll correct this post.

So that’s it. Please now take a moment to wish me luck, as I’m going to go and waste $20 on this app right now to test it out to see if The Lady can leave her heavy MacBook at home in future.

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  • hanhothi

    I have quick Office, I don’t think I have ever used it to create anything. As a university lecturer, I use PowerPoint more than anything, Word next. The problem with Quick Office PowerPoint is my slides are complex; often using animations, either video clips or animated GIF’s. Quick Office screws them up and destroys the layout of my carefully constructed slides. Money wasted!

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