DataViz Documents To Go 9 Review

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As it gives users the ability to work with Microsoft Office files, DataViz’s Documents To Go has always been a valuable business application for the Palm OS platform. With its latest major upgrade, it has answered two of the biggest complaints from previous versions.

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Version 9 now offers native Office document support using DataViz’s "In Tact" technology, and has added the ability to view Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files. Previous versions required a conversion to the Palm database format for the above files before copying to the device.

Installation

I was previously using version 6 on my Tungsten T2, so this was a major upgrade for me. I decided that since this was such a big jump I would do a clean install.

I installed to my Tapwave Zodiac and my older Tungsten T2. It ran fine on the Zodiac, but the T2 is not officially supported and Documents To Go had errors opening spreadsheets. The installation was very straightforward, and asked if I wanted to install the apps to main memory or card. I installed to card on my Zodiac.

First Use

After tapping on the "Documents" icon, the launcher opens up, does a quick scan for compatible files, and gives you a list of all supported documents found on your device. At this point you can scroll to your document, use the search feature, or filter by different file types.

Opening and Editing Files

I loaded onto my Zodiac a few PDF, Word, and Excel files I often use that have some formatting. The results were very good.

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Large PDF files were slow to load, but they were also slow using PalmPDF. Normal PDF files I use opened and viewed flawlessly.

The formatting I had on one of my desktop Excel files was maintained after copying, and all of my formulas were still there, including password protection.

I also tested making format changes on my handheld to files that were created on my PC. I opened two files on my Zodiac that were originally created on my PC (one Word and one Excel). I made some edits, added formatting, changed some existing formats, and sent them back to my PC. I was pleased to find the original formatting and my edits done on my handheld were retained. They looked as they would if I made the changes on my PC.

An interesting note: I could use the joystick to navigate, which can be hit or miss with many apps.

Creating Files

I was able to create a few documents in Word and Excel on the device, and sync them back to my PC. I was then able to open them on my PC just as if I created them there.

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I use Excel often for my job as an Accountant, so I worked mainly with the Sheet To Go application. I was able to add formulas, cell formatting, sheet formatting, multiple sheets per workbook, functions, and even charts. I was very impressed with the formatting features of this version.

File Browser

Documents To Go 9 adds an improved file browser to easily find any supported documents. It does not show unsupported files such as MP3s, which makes it easier to find the files you need.

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I could easily browse my device’s RAM and both my SD cards to find files.

Supported File formats: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, PDF, JPEG, TXT, and BMP.

Extras

TrueType Fonts are now supported by Documents To Go, and looked very good on my Zodiac.

You can now also check for software updates right from the device wirelessly. So far there haven’t been any, so I can’t verify the functionality.

A really nice feature is app management. You can move the applications (Word To Go, Sheet To Go, etc.) between the card and RAM from within the documents application.

There is also the built-in ability to send documents via email, Bluetooth, SMS, or to a Printer.

Conclusion

Like I stated earlier, I moved from version 6 so this was a major upgrade. Adding native Microsoft Office file support and PDF support is huge.

This is a powerful suite of applications and makes this well worth the purchase or upgrade if you have a need to use and edit Microsoft Office files on your Palm.

Pricing and Availability

  • Standard Edition $29.99
  • Premium Edition $49.99
  • Upgrade pricing available for existing users

Available from www.dataviz.com, or from the Brighthand Store.

 


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