The Apple iPad is a great consumption and leisure device (on holiday, my family can’t keep their hands off it and all the cool, cheap games) but there are still some ways in which it falls behind as a productivity device. Third-party providers like QuickOffice are trying to fill that gap and an update to its tablet app adds the ability to edit PowerPoint documents.
The QuickOffice iPad app now has many of the tools a road warrior needs to get business done on the road. The PowerPoint editing includes the ability to create slides, graphical manipulation with touch, as well as insert shapes, text boxes and images.
The latest update has been met with some rave reviews.
“Ok, this is a big step up. The existing Word and Excel editing capabilities are fine for my day-to-day work, and now I can create and edit my PowerPoint files too. Very meaningful update,” said one reviewer.
It’s still not as robust as a full PowerPoint program on a desktop, as you still don’t have animations and slide show loop automation but it appears to be perfect for the traveling business person to put the final touches on before the big presentation.
Along with the PowerPoint editing, the QuickOffice iPad app also allows you to edit Word files. It also has built-in support with online storage services like Dropbox, Box.net and Google Docs so you won’t have to worry about filling up your Apple tablet.
I still think Apple’s Pages on the iPad is a slightly superior presentation experience but this app includes Word editing and presentation ability for a low price. To get the same functionality out of Apple’s products, you’d need to spend about $30.
You can download the HD version of the app here (iTunes link) and it costs $14.99.
[Via PC World]