/// Quip Is Great for Collaborating, but Still a Word-Processing Work-in-Progress

August 19, 2013  |  All Things Digital

I’m writing this column using a new app running on my desktop browser. When I’m finished, I’ll send it to my editor, who is also using this app, by simply hitting a “share” button and typing in her name. If I head out to a meeting or to get lunch, I can glance down at the iPhone version of the app and see the edits she’s making in real time. The app is called Quip, a cloud-based tool that wants to propel word processing into the future — specifically, a future in which more and more people are working on their mobile devices. It combines elements of Microsoft Word, Google Drive, chat messaging and even Twitter dialogue to let you draft documents and share them easily with others. Quip is free to download and is available on Web browsers, iPhone and iPad. It’s also available on Android devices, but only as a “preview” version, which means that documents can only be read, not edited. For consumers, it’s free to use. Quip for businesses, which applies to companies of five employees or more, costs $12 per person per month. I’ve been testing Quip for the past week, making a comprehensive to-do list for my upcoming cross-country move. I’ve also drafted sample articles and charts for my colleagues. [ See post to watch video ] Normally, I use Evernote for personal to-do lists, and Google Drive for most work-related items. And I frequently revert back to what some people would call the “Dark Ages” by using Microsoft Word and then sending an attachment via email. How does Quip compare? Let’s just say it’s not quite there yet: My editor and I both opted to use Microsoft Word for finalizing this column because it has many more editing tools than Quip does. Quip does offer some cool collaborative features that make it easy — almost fun — to edit shared documents with friends and colleagues. For example, in Google Drive, it can be hard to know what someone is changing in a document as they’re changing it. Quip lets users know explicitly when and where changes occurred. And while other word-processing and task-management apps let you easily draft and edit on mobile — like Office Mobile, available to Office 365 subscribers, or Evernote — Quip takes it a step further, with mobile notifications. But Quip is still a work in progress

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Quip Is Great for Collaborating, but Still a Word-Processing Work-in-Progress

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