Cerience has released RepliGo for both the Palm and Pocket PC operating systems. This software package allows users to load many popular file types (Microsoft Office, PDF, etc.) to their PDA.
Here’s an excerpt from our email interview with their press team –
How is RepliGo different from Documents To Go and other related programs?
RepliGo is the result of several years of research and development by engineers experienced in document imaging and file compression. We saw a need for a single application that could take any document on the desktop PC and quickly transfer the document to the device while keeping the original look and feel intact. Users will no longer need to purchase multiple specialized products to view each type of document. RepliGo also intelligently “reflows” the text which re-wraps the text to the screen width providing an excellent reading experience.
How do users get their files onto the PDA?
RepliGo comes with Add-ins for the purpose of streamlining the conversion of Microsoft Office documents and web pages viewed in Microsoft Internet Explorer. By placing an Add-in inside Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, users can simply click on the RepliGo toolbar button and have the document converted, compressed, and transferred to the device. The same concept is found in the RepliGo toolbar button for Microsoft Internet Explorer. For all other types of documents, there is the RepliGo print driver. You simply “print” your document to the RepliGo printer and your document is converted.
Once I get the files on my PDA, aside from viewing them, what else can I do?
RepliGo supports printing to HP infrared and Bluetooth (Pocket PC only) enabled printers. Text is printed at a high resolution so reading documents printed from RepliGo is no different than if printed from your desktop.
Right now their is no ability to edit documents, but this seems like the next logical step. RepliGo supports a wide variety of file types which should grow with the application. While it’s not quite the same thing as a Docs To Go, it does solve a number of problems and may be the way to go if you don’t need the ability to edit documents on the fly. We have a full review copy in hand and will be posting a full review soon.
The full version runs $49.95 but they currently are offering $10 off through Feb 21st. Click here to download a free trial or to obtain a full version.