What a marvelous time we live in – if not for the recession, the worries of climate change and the pirates in Somali of course – for $19.99 you can turn your Apple iPhone into a mobile office, with the Quickoffice Mobile Suite, which is available from the Apple App Store.
This handy, dandy app supports editing and viewing of Word and Excel files from MS Office 97 to Office 2003, as well as viewing supporting for MS Office 2007. Additionally, it can view and edit Mac versions from Office v.X from 2004, while viewing can support MS Office 2008 for Mac as well. It is possible to view (and edit if that is the case) in landscape mode, complete with text formatting. Best of all, files can be transferred from your computer (PC or Mac) via Wi-Fi.
While I still need to get my hands on this app, the word is that QuickOffice Mobile Suite is actually a better, easier to use, and a little more intuitive than the iZoho or Google Docs support for the iPhone. Some users are saying that the cut-copy-paste functionality is a lot better with the handset.
In truth, all this sounds great. Except I personally can’t really see a time or place where I’d want to use the teeny-tiny screen of even an iPhone to edit docs. Reading a document on the go, and OK, maybe making a tweak or two has its place. There are times that you might be traveling and a colleague sends you a document for review. But the ways that these programs are being made almost suggests that people would try to do real work on a handset.
I never liked having to take notes on a PalmPilot back in the day, and while I am the guy with multiple mobile handsets, I will stick to e-mail, text messaging and calls with my handsets. Sorry, but for documents I’l take out the computer. Of course I did have an editor that had one of those folding keyboards for his PalmPilot way back in 2000. While the rest of us had to power up our computers, he was already typing away. That said, I’ll wait the 30 seconds and use the laptop.
After you’ve finished your work, it is time to relax. So this week, the Mobile Apps Round-up looks at the latest iPhone apps for after the work day is done:
3DeeShell – This week, Spatial View, a developer of 3D image processing, unveiled the Wazabee 3DeeShell, which enables viewing of 3D content for the iPhone. The company’s latest offerings in the 3D space including Hunter3Dee, a free 3D top-down space shooter, and 3DeeeFriends, a free Facebook app that lets users create and share 3D photos with friends. With these apps users can capture, view and even edit in the third dimension. The Wazabee 3DellShell is available from the company’s Web site for $49.99, while the various 3D apps are available for 3D. While a bit of a novelty, the games and apps are far from gimmicky, however. Seeing 3D on the iPhone screen almost makes you feel like the future really is now.
GruvMe – M3X Media has just released its free Web-based app that lets iPhone owners have access to music, video and games that will work free without the need to purchase this content from the Apple App Store or iTunes. Content includes full-length movies and cable TV programming, which is available from the GruvMe service. Of course, “free” is a relative term. While signing up for the service is, in fact free, there is a monthly subscription for the app of $9.95 for the “all-you-can-eat” plan, which includes music, videos and games. But there are also options to purchase individual content at $0.99 for videos and games – movie pricing to be finalized. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds, but if you’re looking for an alternative to Apple’s official store you might want to grove over to GruvMe.