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There are no shortage of office suites available for Android, but two of the most popular have been Quickoffice and OfficeSuite. The former took a hiatus after Google purchased it last year, and while the new version isn't bad per se, it's not what to used to be. In the meantime, OfficeSuite has continued to improve, and version 7.3 introduces a slew of new features that add an extra layer of polish to what is already a solid app.

The suite comes in both a paid and a free version, and there's a separate changelog provided for each. The free version comes with better Google Cloud Print support, improved Box integration, and the ability to insert charts in both text and presentation documents. PowerPoint files can now play audio during transitions.

What's new in OfficeSuite 7:

• Optimized printing with Google Cloud Print.

• Page background visualization in text documents.

• Charts supported in text documents.

• Conditional formatting in Excel spreadsheets.

• Support of charts in PowerPoint documents.

• Transition audio for PPT and PPTX files.

• Improved Box cloud integration.

The pro version naturally carries over the same features, but it also gains the ability to create templates from Microsoft Office files and provides a new "My templates" folder for browsing through them. Users can also take advantage of that nice touch screen with new freehand drawing support in Word and PowerPoint documents.

What's new in OfficeSuite Pro 7:

• Ability to create templates from Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.

• My templates folder in the File Browser Templates for user created templates.

• Free hand drawing in Word and PowerPoint documents.

• Ability to insert and delete table rows/columns in text documents.

• Ability to insert and edit line shapes in text documents.

• Page setup and page background in Word documents.

• Charts supported in text and PowerPoint documents.

• Conditional formatting in Excel spreadsheets.

The pro version is clearly the one to get, but at $14.99, it's more expensive than most Android apps out there. Still, it's a complete office suite, and while it may not yet match what's available on a laptop, it's getting closer with every update.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Guest

    any info about the google event today ?

  • exxe

    Nice work...

    Non related: Is that new app widget?

    • PamelaLibrarian

      Yes, it is. Cool, right?

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  • Mark Landry

    I can vouch for the pro version, I use it every day.

  • Wazzifer

    This needs to go on sale.

    • pfmiller

      It has in the past. I got it for an absurdly cheap price, something like 5 cents. Google hasn't had a sale like that recently though.

      • Wazzifer

        Yeah I did the same with QuickOffice.

  • hairyback

    I'm really not impressed with the new version of Quickoffice. I'm sure google with get it right eventually, and perhaps even allow you to open their own google doc files, but in the meantime I'll stick with Office suite pro.

  • John Smith

    OfficeSuite Pro is the best. much better than Docs To Go, QuickOffice, and all other competitors. worth the $15.

  • YamiYaiba

    I can't figure out how to do the free hand drawing on documents that they mention. Anybody figured it out?

    • Kellina

      Me too

  • Michael Romano

    I just downloaded OfficeSuite and the PDF rendering is the best. Significantly quicker and smoother than any other app I've used.

  • ShafakCool

    Ahh I remember buying OfficeSuite Pro just for 10 cents :-)

    • Paul

      I miss those days.. buying any app that i could possibly use in the future, just because it's bloody cheap.
      We need more of such "events".

  • steve

    just upgrade it, how to activate it on my htc android