For anyone who’s tried to compose anything more complex than a text message on your smartphone, have we got news for you.
A new app called Quip claims to help you do basic word processing and even some document design all on your smartphones or tablets.
There are also collaboration tools for sharing documents with co-workers or partners.
Mobile Collaboration at No Cost
Quip offers a freemium version of its basic word processing and collaboration features on iOS from the Apple Store. An Android version is on the way.
The app offers some features of a standard word processing and office software package mixed with those of popular document sharing collaboration tools.
The difference here is that the app developer is touting the user’s ability to perform all of these functions comfortably from a mobile device.
According to the developer’s website, Quip allows you to do simple document design, share folders and collaborate on documents with up to five users.
Some of the app’s other features include integrated messaging between team members, a place for notes on all edits to documents and more. One interesting feature is @mentions allowing you to create links to other documents within a message.
A Quip Business version available for $12 per user per month allows a team of up to 250. An enterprise version of the app is coming soon.
An overview of the new app from TechCrunch highlights the innovation Quip brings to word processing.
But for business owners, Quip promises your team will be able to collaborate, use chat threads to discuss documents, or even hold virtual meetings sharing agenda items and other presentation materials without ever needing to open a laptop.
It looks pretty much like Trello, but Quip’s main strength is the ability to link to other documents via @mentions – pretty neat. I haven’t got a chance to try it, as I already use a couple of collaboration tools – and can’t afford to add another one to my arsenal of tools.
I do wonder, how Quip handle data ownership? Is the app enabling us to download documents we create?