David Halpin is a seasoned executive with over 15 years of core product development experience at manager, senior manager and executive staff levels. He has managed geographically distributed, multi-faceted teams, which delivered world-class software solutions to F1000 customers. Halpin joined Quickoffice in 2006 to help lead and grow Quickoffice’s development operations, globally.
In this conversation, David discusses the new QuickOffice Pro HD release that adds new features for working with PowerPoint files in the iPad.
Geetesh: Tell us about Quickoffice Pro HD’s new PowerPoint editing features.
David: PowerPoint has long been an important part of Quickoffice’s mobile Office suite, given the team’s commitment to user productivity. We are constantly reviewing consumer feedback regarding additional features to shape software updates that address top requests. Many of our customers said they could benefit from even more tools to improve their presentation capabilities on the road. This spurred our Quickoffice Pro HD update on April 10, which brought the ability to create and edit 2007-2010 PowerPoint files.
We expanded the number of shapes users can select to over 100 shapes in five different categories, which will provide users even more options when creating slides. Users can also view, create and edit numbered lists in PowerPoint, a highly used formatting option that creates easy-to-read slides.
Most importantly, the Quickoffice Pro HD update brings an improved rendering and visual interface, allowing colors, shapes and text to appear crisp and clean for any viewer.
All of these new features and improvements, combined with five additional localizations – Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Dutch – create an enhanced, polished experience for the Quickoffice user, and should come as a welcome update to anyone that needs to utilize PowerPoint while on the go.
Geetesh: Tell us about features supported in the new Quickoffice Pro HD.
David: As more users work across multiple platforms and devices every day, we wanted to provide the most seamless experience to our customers that takes into account this evolving way of working. That’s why we recently launched Connect by Quickoffice, a new service that integrates the company’s market-leading mobile Office editors with our cloud platform.
Connect not only maintains a single interface, but also integrates connections into the most popular cloud services, allowing users to access any file and then continue their work throughout the document lifecycle. Connect synchronized the content across all of a users devices. Connect also enables remote access into any device and aggregated search across all cloud services and connected devices, regardless of operating system. Now, customers can take advantage of all the latest PowerPoint and other Office tools on each of their devices, without missing a beat. Connect includes a native mobile application for iPad, iPhone, Android tablet and smartphone, a desktop client for PC and Mac, as well as a web portal, for comprehensive file and account management. Connect is available as an all-in-one monthly subscription service.
And, not to be overlooked, Quickoffice also added native iPad email client support to Quickoffice Pro HD, delivering a top user request.