Mobility Electronics markets
a number of Palm applications. QuickSheet began as one of their
early staples back when it was made by Cutting Edge Software.
To start down the suite road, they acquired the rights to a
Palm doc editor called Smartdoc--probably the best in its class
back then. QuickOffice grew from those humble beginnings to
a full-blown suite today. Today, Quickoffice is a Mobility
QuickOffice consists of three separate
apps. Each has an identical opening file screen. A toolbar
at the bottom provides access to standard file functions.
The icon on the far right selects the file type displayed--QuickOffice
or MS Office format. All parts have corresponding menus in
their MS Office counterparts for easy management of synced
documents. Rather than one conduit for the entire suite,
QuickOffice uses three separate conduits-one for each app.
QuickWord grew out of Smartdoc. Yes, it
will import MS Word documents through its conduit, but doesn't
support graphics. Tables come through fine. QuickWord reads
and edits native MS Word files with no problems, including
tables, but doesn't display pictures. When these files first
open, QuickWord starts in a non-edit mode. Unique to this
review, QuickWord supports importation, creation, and operation
of hyperlinks. Unlike WordToGo, unsupported formatting on
the handheld is not necessarily preserved on the desktop.
QuickWord handles fonts using FontBucket.
Documents created in Quickword cannot duplicate
complex features like tables. Essentially, QuickWord added
text formatting to the doc editor, along with spell checking
and a thesaurus. A unique feature in Quickword allows it
to capitalize the first letter after punctuation. This had
to be provided in the app since it had to replace the native
Palm text fields as discussed in the review's intro. None
of the other word processors here that replace the Palm fields
would do that. CES licensed the spell checker and thesaurus
from DDH Software, just as Blue Nomad did for WordSmith.
All normal text and paragraph formatting, bulleted and numbered
lists, etc., can be accessed from the icons on the toolbars,
including text and line colors as well as bookmarking. There's
even a tool for teleprompter style scrolling.
QuickSheet proudly displays its lineage
as a stand-alone application. While it had no problem importing
MS Excel workbooks without embedded charts, it also would
have no difficulty in creating those same sheets on the Palm.
However, it stripped embedded charts during conversion both
on the desktop and on the PDA. It also wouldn't display charts
embedded in native Excel format.
Similar to QuickWord, QuickSheet put all
common formatting on the bottom toolbar, including text and
line color. It supports f(x) insertions with helpful hints
that the user replaces with actual data. In an attempt to
be more Excel-like, QuickSheet sports large graphical row
and column labels, but they take up considerable room on
the screen. Whereas other spreadsheets could display four
columns of data on identical spreadsheets, QuickSheet could
only display three columns. Sorts are limited to single columns.
Fonts cannot be selected for size, only type. The zoom function
determines the text size in the display.
QuickSlide imports PowerPoint presentations
from the desktop, converting them for use on the PDA. Native
PowerPoint slides cannot be viewed on the handheld. Slides
can include charts and/or pictures thanks to a picture viewer
included with QuickOffice. However, that viewer doesn't work
with the other parts of QuickOffice. QuickSlide features
three views: chart, slide sorter, and notes view. Slides
can be zoomed in or out for optimal view.
At $39.95, QuickOffice Premier covers the
MS Office programs in one package. Total RAM hit on the handheld
amounts to just over 2MB without the examples.
Handles the entire MS Office suite
Hyperlink and table support
Native Word and Excel support
Good spell checker and thesaurus
Doesn't support pictures/graphics in QuickWord
Editing on Handheld cannot duplicate imported documents