By now you’ve probably seen that google has updates it’s Docs online office suite/storage capabilities to finally allow creation and editing directly on iOS devices.
This is pretty big news for those of us using our iPads as our primary computers. I was pretty excited about this development, thinking that perhaps I’d finally found my “one workflow to rule them all,” something that could replace my iWork/Goodreader/iDisk/dropbox/AirSharing set up currently in use.
After some fairly substantial playing around with the updated capabilities, unfortunately I have to pass, and continue to wait for Apple’s (presumably forthcoming) solution.
There are three primary reasons for this decision:
1) I find the google docs spreadsheet tool quite strange. I tried creating a new spreadsheet as well as editing an existing one and…jeez if you think Apple’s Numbers interface is unintuitive on the iPad, wait until you try this. I feel like I gave it a fair go, updating one of my business expense spreadsheets as I do 1-2x each month. Maybe I’m just not that bright, or I’ve already gotten used to Numbers, but if I had to use google docs for spreadsheets I would probably avoid spreadsheet work like the plague.
2) There is STILL no way to easily bulk upload folders and files to google docs. Part of migrating means moving around 20 gigs worth of files. A quick search reveals that there is no way to do this despite the fact that people have been clamoring for it for a long time. Kind of a deal breaker.
3) I have to assume (hope) that Apple will ultimately get around to presenting a more thought out, baked in, soup to nuts productivity solution. One that will likely be a better overall value proposition, and without forcing us to perform funky workflow workarounds.
We already have decent productivity tools in the iWork apps (which can of course be improved). Printing is coming (though hopefully the apparent reduction in AirPrint capabilities will be rectified shortly). And a file system of sorts exists in iDisk.
All that’s left for Apple to do is unify them, tying them all up in a neat bow the way we know Apple is capable of doing if only they’d give it some hard thought.
Come on SJ, we’re waiting. Please don’t disappoint!