Documents to Go
I have used Microsoft Office desktop programs along side many alternatives over the years. I have benefited hugely from the various mobile editors out there, and am always on the lookout for new or updated options. The oldest example of this is the mobile editing suite called Documents to Go from Data Viz ($9.99). I use MS Office more than anything else, but often do minor edits on the go, and since I was evaluating a new DTG version, I figured it couldn't hurt to do another shootout. This time Documents to Go will go head to head with newly acquired and rebranded Google QuickOffice (Free). Both are good editing options, but read on to see who will emerge the victor! I'll also roundup some other editing apps you may not have been aware of....
Whether you’re looking for an app to help your pigtailed kindergartener master her first lessons, or you’re a grad student frantically sucking down coffee and pulling all nighters working on your thesis, there are some great iPhone apps that can help you accomplish your educational goals; whatever they may be. I took these few for a test drive for you and found them to be every bit as fun as they are educational. In fact, kids will have so much fun using these apps, they won’t even notice they’re doing something educational—what could be better than that?
A couple very good articles have recently been published that give a thorough overview of transferring and syncing files between a desktop computer and an iPad. For example, you can create a Word doc on your desktop computer, save it to Dropbox, and then open it on your iPad and edit it via an office app such as Office2 or Documents to Go. The revised version then syncs automatically back to your desktop computer via Dropbox.
Apps that let you view, edit, and create Office documents on your new mobile computer
In the Fall 2009 issue of iPhone Life magazine, I authored an article that looked at the two major mobile application suites that allowed iPhone users to work with Microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets (iphonelife.com/issues/Fall2009/TurningIphoneMobileOffice). With the release of the iPad, developers including Apple, have stepped up to the plate to offer a selection of apps for viewing, editing, and creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go with the iPad. In addition, Apple included support for Bluetooth-enabled external keyboards in the iPad.
I figured I would post a variety of updates of what I have been doing with my tech lately. These are in no particular order.
Documents to go was updated two days ago with support for the iPad. This app is now a universal binary so it can be used on the iPad, Touch, and iPhone. I am looking forward to using it more on the Pad as I think I will get more use of it there than I have had on the Touch.
I recently downloaded and started using the DropBox file service.
For all you users out there using the regular version of Documents To Go like me, there has been an update to it.The new additions include an in app upgrade via purchase to their premium version, the ability to freeze rows and columns, PDF view rotation, and the now viewing of RTF and TIFF files. You can also set up a gmail account for apparent attachment viewing from there (I do not have a gmail account so I can't comment on that).
I thought I would write a little bit about my switch from my old pocket PC to my touch. I did some research on the productivity and organization software I used and wanted before I decided to change last year. I see discussions now and then about people wanting to upgrade to a newer or replacement device that is not phone related, such as myself. I had written an article for a long term test that was featured in a UK magazine last year. Some of my notes are below as well as some current updates I have done since.