Do you want niche content? Then you have it damn it – because this is a call to Google to sort the Docs iPad app.
Look, it’s not that Bad. It works out. But it drives me crazy. Why? Because it is not fully compatible with the iPad Magic Keyboard. Yes, I can type, but choosing text is a nightmare. And that is not possible.
But let’s go back.
I was in a kind of tablet renaissance recently. After using an iPad properly for the first time in years, my whole opinion about the technology changed and since then it has been my partner.
Now I have used the Magic keyboard in addition to the iPad. What if you are not aware of it looks like this:
In general, I was impressed.
Yes, I think a laptop or computer is a little better to describe. The keyboards of these machines are slightly larger and have function keys, which, frankly, is very practical. Still, the combination of iPad and Magic Keyboard is a perfect setup if you want to do something on the go.
Unless, of course, you use the Google Docs & Spreadsheets iPad app.
If you didn’t guess that you were reading something that I wrote, I am a writer. And I use Google Docs a lot. Yes, there are some wonderful apps like IA Writer or Scrivener, but I keep coming back to Google Docs because it’s so easy to use and collaborate on multiple devices.
Basically, you can use the touchpad on the magic keyboard to select text like a laptop (you click and drag and the words are highlighted) – but only if the app supports it. Which, to be honest, most of the ones I’ve used do.
However, the Google Docs iPad app doesn’t. Instead, the iOS text selection continues to be used, which looks like this:
If you are not familiar with how it works, press, tap or click on a word and this blue box will appear. To select more, drag these blue dots around.
This is a fairly elegant solution for text selection on mobile devices, but on a keyboard it is hellish. And that’s the experience I’ve had with the Google Docs iPad app and the Magic Keyboard.
A lot of writing is editing, and a lot of it is to quickly select and move text. Google Docs on iPad makes this a nightmare. I need twice as much time to do something simple, and that’s it worst.
I’m also too old to change.
So, Google, if you’re listening You’re welcome. Please update the Google Docs iPad app to work well with the Magic keyboard. Isn’t that too much to ask?
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Published on August 4, 2020 – 14:24 UTC