Comments on: Quickword 5.0 Review

Quickword is half of Cutting Edge Software's new Quickoffice suite. The other half is Quicksheet, which we reviewed back last Summer. Together, they are the first attempt to bring a Microsoft Office-type suite of applications to the Palm. Quicksheet is an excellent fully-featured spreadsheet app. The best I can say about Quickword is that it is a good first try.
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AvantGo Formatting

renaissance59 @ 11/20/2000 3:32:03 AM #
This review hasn't come out right in AvantGo. The 2 columns and graphic don't work.
RE: AvantGo Formatting
Admin @ 11/21/2000 1:30:05 AM #
thanks for pointing the bug out. I fixed the problem.

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Spell @ 11/20/2000 12:20:54 PM #
I just upgraded my Smartdoc to Quickword and I'm loving it. I'm not as interested in formatting as others seem to be, but the effortless flopping between Word and doc format is a big plus. Before, I was using a converting program and Smartdoc, so the upgrade was a welcome addition to my mobile editing arsenal.

After trying out several handheld editing programs, I recommend Smartdoc, now Quickword, to all of my friends as a straight forward, sleek editing program.

MiniCalc vs. Quicksheet

Larry @ 11/20/2000 3:46:47 PM #
Plan and simple MiniCalc from Solutions-In-Hand beats Quicksheet no questions asked. Try reviewing something that really works
RE: MiniCalc vs. Quicksheet
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/21/2000 1:27:29 AM #
can you provide more details on why you think minicalc is better? :-)

RE: MiniCalc vs. Quicksheet
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/21/2000 11:34:52 AM #
Pretty Off Topic, if you ask me. The story's about Quick_WORD.

Megadoc vs. Quickword

Benjamin @ 11/21/2000 10:20:05 AM #
Ok, first off I haven't tried Quickword, but I've tried Smartdoc and LOVE it. In fact, at the moment Smartdoc is my default word processor on my Palm IIIxe. However, with that out of the way, I have to say that Megadoc has a TON more to offer than QW. I am quickly converting to MD because of its ability to read PDB, DOC (Palm AND Word), RTF and HTML. MD also comes with a conduit albeit not so slick as a built-in one. MD also supports limited formatting such as multiple font sizes and bold type (using Palm's 4 Built-in fonts) along with left, right and center justification. Even the modified kayboard that overrides the Palm standerd keyboard is slick resembling the KeyBHack style keyboard with both letters and numbers visible at once!

MegaDoc may be a little bulky compared to QuickWord, but its features seam to blow it away! Oh yeah, one more thing that MegaDoc has over QuickWord and many other word processors - you can have TWO DOCS OPEN AT THE SANE TIME!!! How cool is that?!

RE: Megadoc vs. Quickword
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/21/2000 6:38:58 PM #
I have downloaded a trial version of Quickword and have had some difficulty syncing a newly created document to MS word.
I have also tried Documents to Go and I was really impressed. Esp. with it's ability to maintain formating features like bold and Underline. It however, is really pricy!

I am about to purchase Quickword, but I have heard good things about Megadoc. I have however, had no luck in finding it online. Where might I get more info. on this app. Thanks

RE: Megadoc vs. Quickword
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/21/2000 7:26:44 PM #
Megadoc can be found on PalmGear. Some other full-featured word processors are in the development stages and I expect to see them out before the end year so Quickword and Megadoc will have some stiff competition.

Good idea.

Eston Bond @ 11/22/2000 5:27:54 PM #
Microsoft's big push with the Pocket PC is the seamless integration with Microsoft Office. Touch/) for the Palm. The final verdict is that this is a step (should I say leap) in the right direction, but I would like to see formatting. Great software to show Palm's competitive OS.

Capability to print docs with the PALM using Quickword????

I.M. Anonymous @ 11/23/2000 1:07:47 PM #
Hello All,

Has anybody tried to print docs with Quickword?

Does it work? Is there any software out there that does?

I would like to print factsheets/bulletins on demand when mobile.


RE: Capability to print docs with the PALM using Quickword????
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/13/2000 8:47:54 AM #
Well, I've done it - by opening the document in TealDoc, and printing using TealPrint.

Ah well. Maybe PrintBoy does a better job, but I didn't have much luck getting it to work, way back when I tried it.

RE: Capability to print docs with the PALM using Quickword??
Ed @ 12/13/2000 9:24:45 AM #
If you own PrintBoy, you can use Quickword to print your Doc files.

Palm Infocenter
RE: Capability to print docs with the PALM using Quickword????
Cutting @ 12/20/2000 12:38:34 PM #
Either PalmPrint from Stevens Creek Software, or Printboy for Documents will allow printing of Quickword documents. currently, PalmPrint is supported from right within Quickword using a pulldown menu option.

Mike Compeau
Cutting Edge Software, Inc.

QuickWord vs SmartDoc

I.M. Anonymous @ 12/19/2000 10:47:07 PM #
I was a loyal user of SmartDoc and recently upgraded to QuickWord. There are a couple of features that fell by the wayside that should have been carried over:

1) In SmartDoc you could leave the program and return and the last document would appear with the cursor right where you left it. With QuickWord once you re-open the file it does have the cursor where you left off reading but the program comes up in List mode only with your last read file closed.

2) But worst of all is that the font size icons used to appear at the bottom of the opoen document page but have now disappeared in QuickWord. It now takes two commands to reach the change font size commands (and with no shortcut key available either). I believe that there is room for them to return and if enough people request it they may reconsider.

That's it.


RE: Quickword vs SmartDoc
Cutting @ 12/20/2000 12:29:14 PM #
I was puzzled to see Steve's post related to Quickword and "reverting" the view back to List view. This has not been my experience with any of the versions I have installed in the past 4 weeks (and there have been a couple of incremental changes made to the app over that time). I'd suggest that after you attempt to reproduce the problem, if you see it still behaving in this way, try redownloading and reinstalling the app.

As for your comment on "burying" the font choice for viewing. We hear you. We have a few "features" we're working on that may become clearer in time.... Stay tuned-- we aim to delight you.

Mike Compeau
Cutting Edge Software

Not short cut key support

I.M. Anonymous @ 3/6/2001 11:18:05 PM #
I have QuickOffice and really like it with one HUGE exception. QuickWord does not support the
copy/paste short cuts from a keyboard (even notepad supports these with my Targus). Over
all it meets most of my needs and I really look forward to further development, but short cut key
support for copy/paste off of a keyboard is a MUST. It's great not to have to lug the laptop
around and wait 5 mins for it to start up, instead I just whip out the keyboard and start typing
on the Visor and let the document sync up later.

Quickword to PocketMail

I.M. Anonymous @ 10/16/2001 2:35:54 PM #
I am interested in whether with Quickword I would be able to type my message in Word on
my laptop, hotsync it directly to my PocketMail app on my Palm IIIe and /or IIIxe.
I can presently hotsync from my laptop to my MemoPad on my Palm IIIe then cut and paste
to Pocketmail app for transmission. The problem with this is that the clipboard on the IIIe is too
small and requires several cut and pastes to do the job. I am presently in the process of
replacing the IIIe with an IIIxe and may be able to do better if the IIIxe has a larger clipboard,
but I would like to be able to go directly to PocketMail from my laptop. Will Quickword allow this?




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