Want a super-easy way to collaborate with others on your documents? Say hello to Quip, the social word processor: it combines document creation and editing with messaging.
I’ve found Quip very easy to use in the early stages of working with clients. If a copywriting client wants to see headlines I’ve developed, or the text of an ad, I just type the client’s name in the Sharing box, and I can invite him to share the document via email or text.
Quip will never replace the Reviewing Pane in MS Word however. It’s not meant for long, complex documents. Your mileage may vary, but I couldn’t imagine working on a long sales page, or (shudder) a book proposal in Quip.
Everyday documents however, are fun to create and work on. If you’re collaborating with someone on a blog, you can share your notes, draft posts, and thoughts easily.
No collaborators? You can use Quip as an word processing app on your desktop if you wish, or on a device. I find Quip a struggle to use on my phone, but it’s perfect on the iPad, where you have a larger keyboard.
As you can see in the above image, on the iPad you just hit the Insert button, and you can insert a table, a mention (someone’s name), a link to another document or folder, or a link to a Web page.
If you hit the Paragraph icon to the left of the Insert button, you can add a heading or a list to a document.
My favorite feature in Quip is the Chat tab. If you’re working in a browser and someone sends you a message, you’ll see it immediately. You can chat back in the chat box, or in the relevant document.
Create as many folders as you need
Quip’s divided into three main areas: the Inbox, the Desktop, and the Editor. On Quip’s Desktop, you can add folders. I’ve created folders for each client, and I have a “home” folder, for personal documents.
You can drag your folders around on the desktop to order them, and create sub-folders as well. If you want to archive a folder, just drag it into a folder you’re using as an archive.
It’s worth mentioning that you don’t need to be online to use Quip. If you’re using it on a device like your tablet, you can send messages, create documents, and edit existing documents. Everything gets synced as soon as you have a connection again. Quip has the smoothest sync I’ve ever seen. Work on a document in the browser on your desktop, then check your phone, and changes are synced almost instantly.
Quip Basic is free for up to five users, and you can share folders. Quip Business is $12 per month per user for up to 250 users, with an Admin Console, and more.
What I like about Quip
Almost everything, especially Markdown – any word processor which lets me use Markdown gets my vote.
What I don’t like
Getting documents into Quip is limited to copy and paste.
Also, there’s no HTML export that I can see. You can get your docs out by printing them, and by saving them as PDFs. Why no HTML export? You’d assume that that would be easy, since your docs are created in Markdown.
Sigh… there’s always a weevil in the gingerbread… ;-)
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