Google Docs Editing Coming to iPad

There’s good news for iPad owners who want the ability to edit Google Docs documents whilst on the move, as Google [GOOG] is releasing Google Docs for the iPad that will allow documents to be edited and perhaps created.

This ability is already available in the web based version, but to be honest, it’s quite bad and jumps in to a basic mode where you need to click edit on each row to edit the data. It’s really not up to scratch and feels clunky and is frustrating to use.

It appears that the application is for the iPad only, but it could also include the iPhone and iPod touch as well at a later date.

There are currently alternative methods to edit documents such as Office2 HD that does work well and also allows you to upload and download from local storage to Google Docs as well as Drop Box. We assume though that Google will release the Google Docs app for free where as Office2 HD costs a few dollars.

We’re launching new cloud-powered capabilities: two-step verification to help enhance security and soon, mobile editing in Google Docs on Android and the iPad™. we demonstrated new mobile editing capabilities for Google Docs on the Android platform and the iPad. In the next few weeks, co-workers around the world will soon be able to co-edit files simultaneously from an even wider array of devices.

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What does sound interesting is the ability to co-edit files simultaneously like the web based version. From my testing, correct me if I am wrong, but no other app on the iPad lets you co-edit Google Docs apps. In Office2 HD I believe you need to open the file, edit it and then save the changes back to the server. It appears that this new version will be “online” for editing.

As for a launch date, hopefully within the next few weeks.

Via: 9to5Mac

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