A new document collaboration app is out, called [Quip]. It’s an iOS app, and a [web service] that gives you a rich-text editor and allows you to not only work on a file with groups, but to comment and see the changes. It’s a lot like [Editorially], but seems less writing focused, and more business focused. I downloaded it and started playing immediately, because just this week we ran into a collaboration problem in our office.
The problem we had is that one person used Word with Track Changes to send a document for review and Person 2 made changes and sent it back. Then this time sensitive document sat there, because Person 3 (me) and Person 2 were out of the office and couldn’t see the tracked changes on their iPhones (yes, Pages, but PAGES) and so it was forgotten in email inboxes that were constrained by iPhones and travel. This was annoying, and led to a slowdown in our speed to get documents out, etc, as a business.
Quip seems great for handling that very scenario for two reasons:
1. It has iOS apps.
2. It eliminates email.
Everything else is what you get out of Word and track changes (mostly, but for basic needs is what we are talking). *BUT*, there’s one big gotcha: you can only export to PDF. How stupid is that? *Pretty stupid.*
Christine Chan also has a [nice writeup over at App Advice].