Quickoffice vs Docs 2 Go vs ? for editing

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by fredf, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. fredf macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2008
    I have FileAid for just moving files over wifi. I have sugarsync for sharing documents.
    But what I really need is a document editor.
    I want a program that will let me download a file from my Google Docs account (I don't want to add another account at another company like Readdledocs) and edit it on my iPhone and then upload it to Google Docs.

    I would also like to be able to store that document on my phone and edit it in the future.

    Lastly, a password protection option would be great.

    I am looking at Docs 2 Go (but I think I have to open an account on their service) and Quickoffice (I'd be happy to entertain any others that I may not know about).

    I don't need excel support--just MS Word and I don't think I care too much about email attachments.

    Advice, please.... I need this soon.
  2. odelay macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2007
    There's nothing yet that allows for google docs editing other than google's own web app and that's only xls editing. I've got both apps and I prefer docs to go for editing. I only use quickoffice occasionally for uploading stuff to my iDisk when I'm on the go. I've got the docs to go desktop app on my MacBook configured to sync my iDisk docs folder so I have my iDisk stuff to hand albeit not "live". I also have a tool that downloads my google docs to a folder on my MacBook which is also synced to docs to go on my iPhone. But this is not "syncing", it doesn't upload any changes I've made back to google docs.

    I'm hoping that dataviz bring out an update for both iDisk and google docs access on docs to go, then I'll ditch these interim solutions and quickoffice.
  3. odelay macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2007
    I tell a lie, there do appear to be some solutions, although they only offer fairly basic editing from what I can see, not actually tried them myself, but take a look at NoteMaster, iNote and Documents 2.
  4. fredf thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2008
    Thanks Odelay. That was very helpful. I am interested in Notemaster anyway as a Notes substitute app.
    However perhaps I wasn't clear enough in my original post.
    I have a number of Word documents that I post to Google Docs for viewing on my iPhone (and sharing between my home and work computer).
    What I would like to do is open up a Word document that I have downloaded from Google Docs and be able to edit it on my iPhone and then upload the changed document back to Google Docs.
    I believe Docs2Go does that but they have their own site to upload to. I'm not sure about Quickoffice.

    Apps like Notemaster do sync with Google Docs but in their own format. From what I can see you cannot open a Work document and edit it.

    I guess I want to know if Docs2Go or Quickoffice is best for downloading a Word file from Google Docs, editing it, uploading the changed file/document back to Google Docs and keeping it stored on the phone for later offline retrieval.

    This sounds like functionality that must exist as I can't imagine that thousands of people wouldn't be using their iPhones to view and edit Word documents.
  5. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    Without a doubt Docs 2 Go is the better app for editing. The only advantage Quickoffice has over it is the ability to access iDisk.

    Docs2Go has an incredibly better UI. The keyboard button is near the status bar, which makes much better use of space, and less clicks to get to. It has a ton more options for typing and formatting and a scrollable bottom-bar.

    Full-screen mode is great too.

    Though, the scrolling on Docs2Go is outright horrible. Simple bug, I'd guess though. You can't continuous scroll, touching the screen while it scrolls, even to keep it scrolling, stops it completely.

    I have both and use Quickoffice for excel and in case I need to access my iDisk for editing.

    Once Quickoffice gets both, I'll never touch Quickoffice again. It gets blown out of the water by Docs2Go. And Docs2Go is cheaper, so it's a no-brainer.
  6. odelay macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2007
    Docs2Go doesn't use their own site or any site for that matter, for downloading/uploading. It relies on a desktop application (mac or windows) that syncs folders on your desktop with the iPhone app over your wifi network. QuickOffice uses MobileMe iDisk to upload/download files as well as copying files over wifi. Whether either will support GoogleDocs in the future is anyone's guess, but I really hope Docs2Go do provide cloud access soon.

    I don't believe there is a solution to what you need yet. I agree there should be by now, but it's just not possible yet. Dataviz have hinted that they will be "talking" about cloud access (iDisk, GoogleDocs etc.) after their xls editing update is out which should be soon. I'd recommend using Docs2Go in the meantime and syncing over wifi with your computer if that's a sensible option for you.
  7. fredf thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2008
    With Docs2Go do I simply wifi it from my Macbook to my phone? Can I then store the file on my iphone? When I am finished editing then can I just wifi sync it back to my Macbook?

    And I need to instal their syncing program on my Macbook first, I presume?
  8. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2008
    Basically, yes to all the above. But you can also email it out as well if you want to send it to someone. Their sync program is also very good as it can keep multiple folders on your Mac in sync (and your iDisk).
  9. fredf thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2008
    Unfortunately, I cannot access any of their support materials without a serial number for a bought version of one of their apps/programs (something that is quite unusual and a bit nasty, I think).

    How easy is Docs2Go to sync with a Macbook? I see from their iTunes description that you have to instal syncing software.
    I'm already synching FileAId, using Cyberduck, and Sugarsync. How many protocols and syncing programs can one load onto a computer?

    Quickoffice says no desktop client needs to be installed.

    I want to keep things simple and I don't ever intend to use iDisk.

    Is Docs2Go still recommended over Quickoffice based on all this?

    thanks to everyone for their help.
  10. odelay macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2007
    Short answer: yes

    Docs2Go does use a separate syncing app on the desktop, but once installed, it's SO easy to keep your files in sync. Just choose the folder(s) you want to sync with your iPhone, then with the push of one button, either on the desktop app OR the iPhone app, it will sync all files in that folder(s), so if you've edited them on your iPhone, the updated version syncs to your desktop and visa versa. Quickoffice's solution is more cumbersome. There is no sync as such, it's a matter of dragging and dropping files through finder or using a webpage to access your iPhone's contents. Of you're not going to ne using iDisk, then it's a no brainer, go with Docs2Go.
  11. str1f3 macrumors 68000

    Aug 24, 2008
    I'd recommend (if you bought the Exchange version) that you don't even really bother with the desktop sync even though you should download it just in case or if you need to work with a lot of files.

    IMO just sign up for free Exchange account at mail2web or some other site that offers free Exchange and email that file there so you can edit it Docs to Go. After that any email attachments that you may get in your Gmail account you can forward it to your Exchange account and do some editing. I also believe that you can send out files as well using your own Gmail account.
  12. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2008
    Easy. I run it on a MB and it's as easy as choosing which folders you want to keep in sync, pressing a button on one or other of iPhone or MB and that's it. QuickOffice by contrast doesn't sync.
  13. fredf thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2008
    thanks everyone.
    I just bought docs2go. As you all said, syncing is a snap and it looks like it will do what I need to do.

    happy so far!

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