It is here! The very first iPhone Docked Podcast is here and ready for download. We are still waiting Apple approval for iTunes, but you can snag either the MP3 or the RSS feed right now. So drop what your doing and get to downloading!
WOW! This is just plain remarkable for a developing platform that has been around less then a year. Just last summer Apple started allowing 3rd party apps and released the App Store, now they are about to have sold one billion apps! The App Store has been an obvious massive success for developers, Apple, and of course us users! To celebrate Apple is giving away $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro! How do you enter? just go buy and iPhone app and your automatically entered! How many pages do you have full?
Hey guys! Just wanted to let everyone know I will be doing a new iPhone podcast with Geoff from Mobile Tech Moment. We are going to start recording this Thursday and are looking for your hot topics! If you have anything, please send it to me via comments, DM on Twitter, or email. We are planning on focusing less on the news and more on discussion topics and thoughts. Make sure to check out iPhonedocked.com for all the updates and info on the podcast!
Documents To Go
From the Developers:
View, Edit and Create Microsoft® Word & Excel® files on your Android-powered Smartphone
Whether you’re an organization looking to mobilize your sales professionals or an individual looking to increase personal productivity, leaving your office or laptop behind does not have to mean leaving your crucial files and work behind.
Now you can get your work done no matter where you are by using Documents To Go Standard Edition to view, edit and create Microsoft Word and Excel files and attachments on your Android-powered smartphone. And since it is full featured yet easy to use, Documents To Go is one mobile office suite that makes good business sense.
Coming from Windows Mobile, I was used to being able to create, edit, and save office documents on the go. I had been doing this for years, so when the G1 came out without any office support I was a little upset. I use Office docs frequently for school and for work, and not being able to access them, really hurt my productivity.
Well thanks to DataViz and their Documents To Go application, I can now fully edit, create, view and save Word and Excel files all from my T-Mobile G1. Other document viewers let you view docs, but offer you no great solution to editing or manipulating them in any way. Documents To Go offers a great solution that, in my opinion, beats the built in client on Windows Mobile.
Word documents are a very important to me as I am finishing up my BS and it requires a lot of writing. I constantly have to write long papers and turn in project ideas members of my groups. Having the ability to write these at home and edit them on the go is perfect. I can than email the edited Word document to my Professor or my other classmates. Documents To Go works perfect for editing Word Documents. The application displays all of the in line images and keeps the formatting, fonts, line spacing, and structure 100% intact. Sliding the keyboard out rotates the document into landscape mode, making the document much easier to read. Of course you can also read it in portrait mode if you wish. You can copy, cut, and paste all with in the Word documents by holding the shift key and using the trackball to highlight the text. Documents to Go also offers a ton of editing option from within the document such as formatting text and paragraphs, underlining, bullet points, hyperlink, and indent options. Another great editing tool is the ability to insert items into the document; this is available to you as well on Documents To Go. You can also format new files as either MS Word 2004 or MS Word 2008. So far all the Word files I have created from my Macbook and from my work PC have shown up perfect in Documents To Go without loosing anything. The files I have created from Documents To Go, also show up perfect within Office.
Excel is probably the most important document type to business users. It is also the document type that seems to have the most formatting issues between different applications. There were a few documents I created in NeoOffice on my Mac that would not display, although this may be NeoOffice formatting things incorrectly. Viewing Excel files is great because you have many zoom options in order to fine tune the parts of the sheet you would like to view. Just like Word documents, sliding the keyboard out, the document will switch to landscape mode for easier viewing. Documents To Go gives you a surprisingly large amount of editing options for Excel sheets. You can view different sheets within an Excel document, you have the option for formatting cells, inserting functions, viewing rows, and cut/copy and paste with in the cells. One thing I really like is that when formatting the cells you can even change the cell color as well as the font color.
If you need document support on your Android device, Documents To Go is hands down the best option out there. Its easy to use, the app has lots of options for editing, documents display great, and I had little to no formatting issues. My only issue with Documents To Go is that it does not support PDF documents. I am hoping this will be updated in the future, but as of now it is not supported. The only other downside is the price. Right now Data Viz is selling the app at a discounted price of $19.99, but they have stated the “normal” price is $29.99. For me this is not expensive at all considering similar offerings on a Blackberry are 50+ dollars. Those coming from Windows Mobile will probably cringe at having to spend $29.99 for functions that they are used to having built in. For those that absolutely need office support on your Android device, the benefit will greatly outweigh the cost of Documents To Go.
- View, Edit and Create Documents on the go
- Formatting stays intact with 99% of the documents I tried
- Lots of options for editing
- Price may be high for some
- No support for PDF Docs
- Large app file size (not an issue if you have root)
The Gadget Gurus are back again this week with another podcast! This week Ray and I talked about Android, Blackberry App World, T-Mobile’s leaked roadmap, Carriers limiting users, Palm Pre Video, and of course our random antics. Hit the links to get the show!