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If there’s one thing that the iPad doesn’t have a shortage of, it’s note taking apps. And if there’s one thing I can’t get enough of, it’s note taking apps. I’m always interested in trying out the latest and greatest. It’s becoming a serious problem, because I don’t need a new note taking app. In fact, every time a new one pops up, I shake my head. Even though I’ve got a workflow I really like already, I’m compelled to try it.

When I had the opportunity to take a look at Microsoft OneNote’s 2.0 update, I instantly remembered how much I enjoyed the desktop app about two years ago. This was an app that singlehandedly got me through most of my second and third years of university. So even though I’m satisfied with my workflow, I had to check it out. What if OneNote could disrupt what I’ve already got? Read on to find out if it lives up to the hype.


CloudOn is a revolutionary way of working with fully-featured applications without having to install anything except for a small viewer app on your iPad. It works by using a virtual working environment — a Workspace — which links to one of several cloud-based storage providers, so none of your personal work is stored anywhere on CloudOn‘s infrastructure. You get to use your favourite cloud storage provider with all of their security protection, backup provision and so on whilst still working with industry-standard Microsoft Office 2010 and Adobe Reader, and all that right on your iPad.

That’s a pretty decent offering for a free application. Let’s take a closer look to see if it’s usable and practical working with this solution on the iPad’s tablet environment.


When it comes to doing some work on the move, the iPad has pretty much got you covered. There are so many different productivity apps out there on the App Store and the sheer range of stuff you can achieve using one is quite mesmerising. Regarding iPad office suites, there are a couple of choices out there, including Apple’s popular iWork suite (with Pages, Numbers and Keynote) and there’s chatter that Microsoft is going to release Office for iPad sometime towards the end of the year.

Today we are going to have a look at QuickOffice’s offering (which was recently acquired by Google, presumably to bring some of its features into its own cloud-based Google Docs service), known as QuickOffice Pro HD. Its website promises it to be the “FIRST and ONLY full-featured Microsoft Office productivity suite for iPad,” so I managed to grab a promotional code from the app’s developers for the purposes of a thorough test drive. Let’s see how it got on. (more…)