Using Quickoffice Pro HD with Dropbox on the iPad

As part of my workflow I use QuickOffice Pro HD in conjunction with DropBox. DropBox is a service that allows you to backup, access, and share documents and is free for the first 2 GB. I have a subscription and use to enable me to have access to ALL of my documents on all my machines and devices. (It works with MacOS, iOS, Windows, and Android. You can also access your documents directly via a web browser.) A lot of iOS apps have integration with DB and that includes QO.

QuickOffice Pro HD is not a great word processor, but it does allow you to open and edit MS Office documents (Word, Excel, and PPT). I use it to allow me to open a meeting agenda (which has been emailed to me ahead of time and saved into a folder on my computer then synced via DB) and place my notes directly into the agenda. Now I have those notes available on every machine I use.

My colleague recently acquired an iPad and in setting up her iPad she ran into a problem that is quite common. While you can open a file from the Dropbox app into QuickOffice (or other apps) you cannot upload it to Dropbox from within QO until you add DB to QO. Once you have done that, the best practice IMHO is to open the file from DB in QO and edit it there. QO will then automatically save that document back to DB. A few screenshots should help clarify.

First you need to connect QO to DB. You do this from within QO:

Add a Dropbox, Evernote, GoogleDocs or other account

Once you have clicked the “+” symbol you will get this menu:

Select which account you would like to connect to QO

Notice that you can add accounts from several different services including Evernote and Google Docs. The next step is to fill in your credentials.

Now, when you want to edit a file that is saved in Dropbox (or one of the other services) simply select it from the account listed in the left hand column.

Select the file you would like from your Dropbox or other account here.

QO will periodically automatically save the file to your DB account. Now that your DB account is set up you can also save local files to DB by using the “Save as” menu, navigating to the DB folder where you would like to save it.

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5 Responses to Using Quickoffice Pro HD with Dropbox on the iPad

  1. Jeff says:

    Does QO HDP handle multilingual (Eng/Heb) documents ?

    • Targuman says:

      Not terribly well (but I don’t think any iOS apps do, I should research that more). QO does manage it, however, with the only real caveat being to give each language its own line. That is to say, you cannot have a single word in Hebrew within a sentence. When you revert to English the English text will just type over the Hebrew. But if you type a line in English, hit return, then type your line in Hebrew it should work fine.

  2. Bill says:

    Having done that I am still getting same message “cannot open file”
    The Excel version is Excel 2010

  3. bybarhh says:

    When I click on the plus sign (to add dropbox account), it tells me my server could not be found. It goes something like this ‘ A server with a specified host name could not be found’ what do I do?

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