All About Symbian - Nokia (S60) and Sony Ericsson (UIQ) smartphones unwrapped

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Old 20-01-2005, 01:20 AM
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Quickoffice Premier 3 now available for UIQ

A new version of the popular and award winning Quickoffice Premier is now available. Quickoffice allows for the viewing and editing of Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. There is improved round trip (the ability to preserve file structure and formatting between the PC and phone) support in the new version since the new version edits the native files directly rather than converting then editing. Other new features include the consolidation of the three suite elements into a single program, a redeisgned user interface, table support in Quickword, more editing features in Quickpoint and improved file handling operations.



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The award winning Quickoffice Premier 3.0 is completely new with hundreds of improvements and remains the best selling mobile office suite for Sony Ericsson and Motorola Symbian UIQ handsets. View, edit & create Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations anytime, anywhere on your UIQ smartphone. Quickoffice Premier is compatible with UIQ phones’ built-in T9 predictive text input software, on-screen keyboards, and SE Jot which dramatically reduce the time it takes to enter text and make editing a snap. New Quickoffice Premier 3.0 is completely localized into English, Italian, German, French and Spanish.

Quickoffice Premier makes it possible to access and edit your "mission critical" Microsoft Office files on any Symbian UIQ smartphone! With Quickoffice Premier, you can create new, or access your existing, contracts, agreements, business plans, sales presentations, financial reports, and all your other Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and text files from e-mail attachments, SD/MMC memory cards or MMS messages. Documents opened on your UIQ smartphone display all the original formatting including color, bolding, italics, varying font sizes, compatible spreadsheet formulas, presentation graphics and more. AND, these same elements are preserved even after you’ve made edits and changes to the documents so that when you, or a colleague, reopen the edited document on a desktop PC, the document looks like it was modified on a PC. All the elements of the original document are combined with the edits made on your UIQ phone, while you were in a coffee shop or airline terminal, to create a final document that you can send back to your business colleague, client, friend, or your own PC for further editing or viewing. No other mobile office suite can offer you the power and functionality available in new Quickoffice Premier 3.0. (See the example at the bottom of the page)

Easy to use Quickoffice Premier 3.0 also includes huge advancements in Quickword and significantly improves your ability to manage all your Microsoft Office files on your UIQ handset. Quickpoint now adds the ability to edit slide text, edit speaking notes, and insert/delete slides.
Quickoffice Premier mobile office suite includes:

Quickword - The first and best word processor for your UIQ smartphone!

* Easy access and editing of Microsoft Word files
* Advanced formatting controls including font typeface, font size, color, bold, italics, highlighting, underlining, and more
* Format paragraphs with left, center, and right text justification
* Find and Find/Replace functions for quick edits
* Edit-protect mode prevents editing or making alterations while reviewing documents
* Full integration with UIQ e-mail applications so you can send and receive Word or text files
* Edited Word files are saved as *.doc files or *.txt, ready to share with colleagues via IR beaming, Bluetooth, or e-mail
* New in 3.0 - Refined user interface for easier document editing and viewing
* New in 3.0 - Multiple Undo and Redo commands including cut, copy, paste and formatting functions
* New in 3.0 - View tables embedded within documents and edit the text within tables (*tables are displayed in a single column format to make viewing easier on a mobile phone’s smaller display but the actual table format of the document is not affected))
* New in 3.0 - MS Word compatible paragraph and style formatting
* New in 3.0 - Advanced text formatting including superscripts and subscripts
* New in 3.0 - Open, view, edit and create both .doc (MS Word) and .txt (text) files
* New in 3.0 - Edit Word documents, save all your changes and edits, and then forward to colleagues just like you would using your desktop PC or laptop. The modified document preserves the original file’s unedited text and formatting, and adds the changes made on your UIQ handset, such that, you wouldn’t know the document was modified using a mobile phone that fits in your pocket.

Quickpoint - Now open, view and edit PowerPoint presentations on your UIQ smartphone!

* Easy access and editing of Microsoft PowerPoint files (examples: sales presentations, product overviews, process planning, or team building)
* See your original PowerPoint files in one of 3 views: Outline view, Slide view, or Speaking Notes
* Full integration with UIQ e-mail applications so you can send and receive PowerPoint files
* Edited PowerPoint presentations are saved as *.ppt files, ready to share with colleagues via IR beaming, Bluetooth, or e-mail
* New in 3.0 - Edit slide text in Outline view and show the changes in the Slide View
* New in 3.0 - Edit speaking notes
* New in 3.0 - Edit PowerPoint presentations, save all your changes and edits, and then forward to colleagues just like you would using your desktop PC or laptop. The modified presentation preserves the original file’s graphics, animations, unedited text and formatting, and adds the changes made on your UIQ handset, such that, you wouldn’t know the presentation was modified using a mobile phone that fits in your pocket.

Quicksheet - The first and most powerful spreadsheet for your UIQ smartphone!

* Easy access and editing of your Microsoft Excel files (examples: sales, budget and financial reports)
* Edit Excel spreadsheets, save all your changes and edits, and then forward to colleagues just like you would using your desktop PC or laptop. The modified spreadsheet preserves the original file’s unedited formulas and formatting, and adds the changes made on your UIQ handset, such that, you wouldn’t know the spreadsheet was modified using a mobile phone that fits in your pocket.
* 60 different Excel functions including the most frequently used scientific, financial, statistical, date and time, lookup, and aggregate functions
* Quickly sort data and lists
* Supports up to 15 sheets per workbook and allows linked sheets
* Advanced cell editing features to easily modify existing formulas, enter new formulas or enter data and text
* Format cells in a number of different ways including bold, italics, color and more
* Resize columns to make viewing easier
* Find and Find/Replace functions for quicker edits
* Full integration with UIQ e-mail applications so you can send and receive Excel files
* Edited Excel files are saved as *.xls files compatible with Excel XP and ready to share with colleagues via IR beaming, Bluetooth, or e-mail )to save files compatible with Excel 97 and 2000 requires free add-in)

File Management - Now all Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files can be consolidated into a single location

* New in 3.0 - Quickoffice Premier scans your UIQ smartphone and provides a consolidated view of all compatible files (.xls, .doc, .ppt, and .txt) no matter where they are on the handset (device memory, SD/MMC memory card, email, etc.)
* New in 3.0 - Improved user interface for easier document management (finding, viewing, sorting, deleting)
* New in 3.0 - All Quickoffice Premier applications are now consolidated under a single icon to make launching faster and minimize icon clutter

Download a trial version / buy here.
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Old 20-01-2005, 10:34 AM
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This version 3 works a whole lot better than the last one. Well done to the developers.

Though round-tripping desktop documents still loses a lot of info. Pictures, headers and footers, and structure - all this gets lost, which may annoy the original author. This should be mentioned more in the marketing 8-)

Still, Version 3 is a good step forward, more power to their elbow.

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Old 20-01-2005, 10:49 AM
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Steve, how does it cope with your standard PowerPoint test file?
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Steve, how does it cope with your standard PowerPoint test file?
Very well, only a couple of seconds to bring up a slide view. Much, much better than before!

Can you tweak our review? Or maybe we should start from scratch?

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Old 20-01-2005, 04:34 PM
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Though round-tripping desktop documents still loses a lot of info. Pictures, headers and footers, and structure - all this gets lost, which may annoy the original author. This should be mentioned more in the marketing 8-)
Version 3 supports very very good round-tripping of documents from Quickword and Quickpoint. Quicksheet continues to be a bit lossy, but the other two apps are rock solid. Images, headers, footers, and all of the document structure are most definitely maintained when you save it.

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Version 3 supports very very good round-tripping of documents from Quickword and Quickpoint. Quicksheet continues to be a bit lossy, but the other two apps are rock solid. Images, headers, footers, and all of the document structure are most definitely maintained when you save it.
Sorry to disagree, but I put my standard test Word document over to the P900 running Qo3, made a couple of changes, resaved and then re-opened on the desktop, and images, footers, etc. were missing.

YMMV, I guess...

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Old 21-01-2005, 07:06 AM
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It still doesn't support Symbian Word/Sheet native format so it's not an option for me. Can't believe they still omit it since a filter for this format is so simple to implement.
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It still doesn't support Symbian Word/Sheet native format so it's not an option for me. Can't believe they still omit it since a filter for this format is so simple to implement.
Eh? Symbian Word or Sheet don't even exist for UIQ, so why would it be easy to implement a filter?

I agree that UIQ's decision not to bother porting across Word and Sheet was crazy, a few years ago (don't even get me started on Nokia's decision not to even bother porting Agenda/Calendar to their Series 60... [mutter, mutter]), but full marks to the Qo people for putting in the time to create something pretty decent.

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Old 21-01-2005, 09:47 AM
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Steve,

UIQ didn;t implement the applciation as such, but my understanding is that the underlying file structures are still available. In other words QuickOffice would be able to read a UNICODE Word or Sheet filem from a 9500 or 9300 for example.
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Slitchfield: I'm concerned about what your reporting.. could you please check your private messages

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Eh? Symbian Word or Sheet don't even exist for UIQ, so why would it be easy to implement a filter?
For three simple reasons. (1) The formats themselves take up much less memory. Even though the applications do not exist for UIQ (yet?), you can still support the formats. (2) File exchange between UIQ machines, S80/S90 machines & Psions and (3) Microsoft-proof - historically they have radically changed their formats every 5 years or so just to upset competitors. And after any such change, they have kept their formats secret as long as practically and/or legally and/or commercially possible. Hence overreliance on MS formats is not a good strategy.
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UIQ didn;t implement the applciation as such, but my understanding is that the underlying file structures are still available.
That's also my understanding.

And converting between native Unicode Symbian Word/Sheet format and Psion Word/Sheet format is quite easy and can be done on application level. In fact I'm almost finished with such converter in OPL for Symbian Word, which I hope to publish sometime later. Sheet will follow when I have time.
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Sheet and Word Psion<-> Symbian? Sign me up for that Alpha Test martin!!!
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Sheet and Word Psion<-> Symbian? Sign me up for that Alpha Test martin!!!
Certainly will, Ewan.

Though I think I was slightly overstating things earlier...it's not *that* easy...but not insurmountable either.
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