Documents to Go

Posted: August 5, 2010 by cunninghamg in Productivity
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Standard Edition $AUD 12.99 Word, Excel viewing only
Premium Edition $AUD 17.99, email attachment stripping, cloud synchronization, PPT support

standard logo[Click here to download from iTunes] 11 Mb

premium logo[Click here to download from iTunes] 11 Mb

General comments and thoughts

One of the essential tools of any application repertoire on the iPad must be the core productivity apps found on any computer. It is amazing the Office suite, comprising Word ,Excel, Powerpoint has been replicated with a high degree of functionality.

It can be argued that the iPad is not the best environment to be comfortably productive in, however Docs to go goes a long way to bring the most crucial elements of word processing, presentation and spreadsheets. In addition to providing compatibility with common Office file formats, Docs to Go enables viewing of PDFs, SVGs, Gifs and many more. Viewing and basic editing are its main purpose.

I have to say that any application that runs on both the iPad and the iPhone is well worth a look and is likely to be great value for money. Documents to Go competes very well in this space with comparable productivity apps in the same category especially because a single purchase will port to both iPad and iPhone. In addition, the synchronisation options with cloud applications such as Google Docs, MobileMe and Dropbox are a definite plus for any student.

PDF Viewing

PDF document (Click to Enlarge)

Viewing an Excel document

Excel document (Click to Enlarge)

Uses in Higher Education

Documents to Go is ideal for any faculty member or student that has the need to be productive whilst un-chaining themselves from an office or being bound to campus computer labs. I would find that this application’s viewing capability alone will allow any person to go a long way achieving a paperless university experience either in lectures or tutorials or going to grinding faculty meetings! However, the lack of full application functionality does not lend itself to scribing one’s doctoral thesis on.

Overall ? – meets my needs for on the go viewing, editing and document tinkering.

I would certainly go for the Premium edition

Pros

  • Functions on iPad,iPhone,iPod Touch
  • Many basic functions of native applications are available, formatting etc.
  • A complete suite of productivity applications for any student or faculty member
  • Supports a comprehensive list of file types including .docx,.ppt, HTML etc
  • Supports local, desktop and cloud based storage options
  • Email support

Cons

  • Does not completely substitute for the real functionality of native applications
  • Basic edition implies that Powerpoint editing is possible (Icon gives you this impression)
  • Synchronization between iPad and iPhone is not possible
  • Pasting of images into documents not currently supported
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Comments
  1. Sue T says:

    Thank you for passing on this link to me Kim as this is a great way to share all the work you have done in exploring what is possible on the iPad – regards SUE T

  2. 160950a says:

    Having tested Pages, Numbers, Quickoffice and Documents-to-go with some “real” documents, I agree with your assessment.

    DTG is far more reliable, does a better job at showing the document how it is supposed to be formatted, and enables you to update the document and send it back again.

    Pages and Numbers do a reasonable job showing Word/Excel documents, but Pages munges the formatting in my Word docs and Numbers didn’t do a great job with my XLS. However I do like Apple’s overt acknowledgement of the app’s weaknesses – every time either of these apps opens a document it tells you what parts it has been unable to render in the iPad environment (eg change tracking, comments etc).

    Quickoffice displays documents well but has a nasty habit of crashing when asked to open certain documents. Fail!

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