DataViz, Inc. has just released Documents To Go Premium Edition 10, the first version to allow users to view Microsoft Word and Excel 2007 files in their native formats on a Palm OS device.
Office 2007 is the most significant upgrade in this suite of applications in about a decade, leading to big changes in the associated file formats. The latest version uses a new Extensible Markup Language (XML) based file format, Open XML, which was designed to facilitate data exchange between different information systems.
Documents To Go Premium Edition 10 includes support for the new .docx and .xlsx Open XML formats in Office 2007. However, at this point users can only view files in these formats, not edit them. A release with full Office 2007 file editing support for Word, Excel and PowerPoint will be available later in the year.
This application also doesn’t support Windows Vista because it relies on the Palm Desktop and HotSync software, which doesn’t offer full Windows Vista support. DocsToGo won’t be able to support Vista until Palm’s synchronization software does.
Office 2003 and Earlier
The "view only" limitation in DocsToGo applies only to files in the new Office 2007 formats. This application allows users to edit and save Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from earlier versions of Microsoft Office in their native formats.
It makes use of DataViz’s InTact technology, which allows mobile users to make changes to documents without removing their complex file formatting, including change tracking, headers and footers, macros, and animations.
Pricing and Availability
Documents To Go Premium Edition 10 sells for $49.99 and is available directly from DataViz.
Upgrade pricing of $29.99 is available for previous DocsToGo customers, including those who received the Professional Edition with a Palm-branded device.