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Quickoffice Pro HD and Keynote for word processing and presenting, plus two more apps

August 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Quickoffice Pro HD ($19.99)

Pros:  stable app; friendly interface; direct link to variety of cloud storage services; can easily use this to create and to perform some light editing of Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files

Cons: limited functionality compared to desktop version of Office; limited formatting options, e.g., only 12 fonts; unfortunate tendency to slightly reformat Powerpoint presentations that have been created on desktop or laptop computers; can use the app to convert files to PDFs (though it’s hidden in the print function and exporting takes another step or two)

Keynote ($9.99)

Pros:  stable app; relatively rich formatting options, e.g., 58 fonts available, not counting weight options for many of those; well integrated into the iPad, e.g., easy access to Photos and photo stream; great if you have other Mac computers with the latest OS to take advantage of most recent iCloud sharing options; can easily export files as PDFs for Air Sketch

Cons: limited options for exporting documents (no cloud services apart from iCloud); interface for file management is limited


I’ve used Quickoffice as my main iPad word processing app since I began working with iPads nearly two years ago. I love the interface–it’s simple, logical, and hasn’t changed much in all that time. I use it to open email attachments and to do some light editing on Dropbox documents. I also use it to create rough drafts. Essentially, it’s a cloud-storage friendly app that allows me to do some basic drafting and light editing, and as long as I don’t have to worry about formatting or anything terribly complicated, all will be well.

Keynote is a more recent acquisition. I started using it routinely when we offered our first iPads and Presenting workshop. I enjoy creating presentations on the iPad because I’m able to easily access Photos and photo stream and embed hyperlinks to videos and to web pages. I also like the presenter notes feature with Keynote, which gives me access to my notes on the presentation without making them visible to the audience. Keynote is a much richer presentation application than the PowerPoint portion of Quickoffice. I’ve found that the limited options in Keynote for exporting documents can actually work to my advantage if I’m trying to turn my presentation into a PDF for use with Air Sketch. It is an option within the export function in Keynote, rather than being hidden in the Print function within Quickoffice. [Thanks to Dr. Chris Lynn for suggesting I give Keynote on the iPad a try.]

So, depending on what you need to do, both Quickoffice and Keynote are perfectly serviceable and reliable.

[I have not worked much with the Excel portion of Quickoffice or with Pages and Numbers, Apple’s versions of Word and Excel. If you have experience with these apps, please feel free to comment below.]

quickoffice file interface

Look at those file management options in Quickoffice! Drag a file to cloud storage, email it, delete it, share it in social media, distribute it wirelessly (the blurred out bit at the bottom of the window). Nice.

keynote file interface

Not many options here in this file management interface. Well, until you get the little thumbnails jiggling, then a few more show up, but I find that vaguely aggravating.

An additional note on word processing on the iPad: it helps to have modest goals. For example, I must use the track changes function in some of the work that I do. While there are apps that provide track changes functionality, OnLive Desktop and Office2 HD, both are buggy. OnLive Desktop is free (woo-hoo!) but it is critically dependent on robust wireless because you’re working with a virtualized version of the full Office suite. It also requires some maneuvering to get your documents into the virtual space in which you can begin to edit them, and this maneuvering can only happen on a desktop or laptop computer. OnLive is also undergoing some difficult financial times, so there’s that. Office2 HD ($7.99) is an app that resides on the iPad. I’ve not worked much with the app apart from trying to use track changes as I edited an 80-some page document. MUCH crashing ensued. Perhaps with a smaller document, all would be ducky? I will experiment and let you know. What is wonderful about the iPad, obviously, is its small size and how quickly it wakes up. I’d much prefer to use it than my aged, ailing, and heavy laptop. I’m willing to put up with some slightly awkward workarounds for these reasons. But for my work that requires track changes, these apps don’t seem to be the solution.

-Rebecca Johnson

Summer iPad Workshops for the College of Arts and Sciences

May 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Beginning next week, May 29, we’ll begin a (nearly) weekly series of workshops called eTech iPad Basics. These are designed to give Arts and Sciences faculty, instructors, and staff the information they need to help them incorporate the iPad into their teaching, research, and work life. These workshops are held in the eTech Conference Room at noon on Tuesdays and are limited to 10 participants. Please contact eTech by email to reserve a spot: etech[at]

eTech iPad Basics: iPad 101

iPad 101 is for those who are new to the iPad or in need of a refresher. We’ll take you on a tour of the settings menu, give you an overview of how to transfer information to and from your iPad, show you how to create a presentation in Keynote, how to track changes in OnLive Desktop, how to use Air Sketch to present a lecture without being tethered to the classroom podium, and how to annotate a PDF with iAnnotate.  May 29, June 26, July 17, August 7

eTech iPad Basics: iPads and Presenting

In this workshop we’ll take you through three presentation options: OnLive Desktop, Keynote, and Air Sketch. We’ll also take a look at Mobile ArtStor.  June 5, July 10

eTech iPad Basics: Getting Stuff onto and off of Your iPad

With no USB drive, how do you transfer files to and from the iPad? We’ll show you how with iCloud, Dropbox, iTunes file transfer, GoodReader, CloudConnect, and remote desktop applications.
June 12, July 3

eTech iPad Basics: iPads and Research

This joint workshop with Melissa Green of the UA Libraries looks at two reference management tools, RefWorks and Zotero, and how they can be used on the iPad. We will also look at other electronic resources available to iPad users through the libraries.  June 19

-Rebecca Johnson