April 04, 2014, 1:54 PM — How often does a great tool come along that combines collaboration with cloud access and word processing prowess? Not often. That's why you should consider downloading this great free app now.
Quip is a unique combination of word processor and collaboration tool that works on iOS, Android, the PC, and the Mac. Better yet: For personal use, it's free. It's been designed from the ground up to work in a mobile, cloud-based world, and to make it easy to collaborate with others. With Quip, you can either create new documents from scratch, or instead import them from cloud services including Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote. The document-creation tools are simple and straightforward, although they won't knock your socks off. It's short on formatting and other tools you'll find in a high-end product like Office.
But that's not Quip's purpose. Collaboration is. And that's where it shines. You can easily create shared folders so that others can add documents to it, or collaborate on existing documents. The collaboration is real-time -- multiple people can make edits on a document at the same time and see what others are doing. You can also easily scroll through all changes and versions of the document.
Also included is integrated messaging so people can chat with one another while working on documents together. And your documents are available offline as well as online, so you don't need to worry about losing access to your work.
Although its word processing tools aren't spectacular, the collaboration tools make up for it. If you need to work with others on documents, you'll find it a must-have. Although it's free for personal use, it's $12 a person for business use or for groups larger than five.