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MacRumors
Feb 18, 2009, 11:30 AM
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At this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, The iPhone Blog was able to get a hands-on demonstration (http://www.theiphoneblog.com/2009/02/18/docstogo-iphone/) of the upcoming iPhone version of Documents To Go from DataViz (http://www.dataviz.com/). Documents To Go, which currently provides editing capabilities for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files to a variety of mobile platforms, is planned for release on the iPhone sometime in the second quarter of this year. Spreadsheet functionality, however, may not be ready for the initial release, and The iPhone Blog makes no mention of PowerPoint functionality in the preview version.

On a positive note, The iPhone Blog was particularly impressed with Documents To Go's implementation of cut-and-paste:Also here, Cut and Paste done in a very clever way. You can:

- Double tap a word to select it.
- Triple tap a paragraph to select it.
- In magnify view, you can hold down your finger with the cursor in the same spot until the magnifying glass “pulses,” which will then let you select character by character.DataViz is apparently also planning a strategy for working around Apple's limitations on third-party iPhone applications interfacing with Apple's built-in applications such as Mail, although DataViz declined to provide details on exactly how this work around will work.However, and here’s where things get mysterious, DataViz does plan on having a desktop client that will allow you to sync your documents over to the iPhone and back again and the DocsToGo app on the iPhone will be able to “get around the sandbox” of not being able to store files locally.DataViz will also be including the ability to view PDF attachments with the iPhone version of Documents To Go.

Article Link: 'Documents To Go' for iPhone Shown at Mobile World Congress (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/02/18/documents-to-go-for-iphone-shown-at-mobile-world-congress/)



bytethese
Feb 18, 2009, 11:33 AM
Yes please.

I'd like to be able to view and edit docs on my iPhone for school and stuff. Would make me that much more productive. VERY clever on the Copy and Paste btw, I hope Apple takes a queues from this given that they are hiring "Gesture Algorithm Engineers". :)

plumbingandtech
Feb 18, 2009, 11:40 AM
This will be a big seller.

I wonder if I can use the excel feature to get my numbers spreadsheet in at least for one way editing... (play with numbers etc.)

MarkMS
Feb 18, 2009, 11:42 AM
Awesome! Indeed, those cut and paste methods are pretty clever. Can't wait to see how they will work around the limitation of interfacing with Mail.

leandromp
Feb 18, 2009, 12:00 PM
Isn't this front page news?
nice cut and paste
:)

vandlism
Feb 18, 2009, 12:36 PM
This program had a pretty awful interface on the iPhone. They also pushed the new version of the software every year. Anyway, I don't find much use in it, but that cut and paste implementation does sound slick.

chr1s60
Feb 18, 2009, 12:51 PM
I think it's bad that so many developers are implementing copy/paste, but Apple continues to not care about it.

Yvan256
Feb 18, 2009, 12:53 PM
All I want is the ability to put PDF documents on my iPod touch, sending files to myself and having to find them in Mail isn't the way to go.

Dimwhit
Feb 18, 2009, 01:16 PM
All I want is the ability to put PDF documents on my iPod touch, sending files to myself and having to find them in Mail isn't the way to go.

Air Sharing, Datacase, FileMagnet and others do that and more.

H$R
Feb 18, 2009, 01:16 PM
This is good news. I used the DataViz Docs to go for years on my Palm Treo (it came free with it). But I am planning to get an iPhone when the new ones are released and this really adds a functionallity which the iPhone is lacking.

Rat-Boy
Feb 18, 2009, 02:54 PM
Any mention of how the docs will be stored and if you can sync to get them off the phone?

I hope they aren't just relying on email?

11800506
Feb 18, 2009, 03:46 PM
Any mention of how the docs will be stored and if you can sync to get them off the phone?

I hope they aren't just relying on email?

Did you even read the article?

PlaceofDis
Feb 18, 2009, 03:50 PM
will certainly get this. sounds promising.

Rat-Boy
Feb 18, 2009, 06:59 PM
Did you even read the article?
Guilty as charged.

I was at work and was hoping someone would just answer the question.

I will read it now. :D

SnowLeopard2008
Feb 18, 2009, 07:09 PM
Nice, I just reinstalled the BlackBerry OS on my Pearl. Documents to Go was on there, which includes Word To Go (Word) and Slideshow To Go (PowerPoint). I would be glad to see this on the iPhone or iPod touch. I would buy it, had I not sold my iPod touch. :D If you want Excel editing, try the MobileFiles Pro app.

kas23
Feb 18, 2009, 07:32 PM
Good. I'm glad they are done with it. Now, quickly submit it and we can all cross our fingers that it is not held up in the approval process. It seems like the most useful, functional apps usually have the worst time going through the approval process.

Digital Skunk
Feb 18, 2009, 08:18 PM
Sweet! One simple feature that should have been in the Rev A iPhone that all other smartphones have down......

About four or five more to go!

Once they get those five or so in, and AT&T starts offering up some insurance and competitive plans for the iPhone, I will be first in line to get one. So given Apple's and AT&T's track record, I can expect to get an iPhone by 2012. :)

zap2
Feb 18, 2009, 10:13 PM
I'm all over this!

Wonder how much? I hope not tons..isn't the product on Palm OS like 35 bucks?

H$R
Feb 19, 2009, 05:43 AM
I'm all over this!

Wonder how much? I hope not tons..isn't the product on Palm OS like 35 bucks?

Came bundled free with my Treo 650 years ago. Fully functional. Maybe it was only in Europe.

question fear
Feb 19, 2009, 08:35 AM
I'm all over this!

Wonder how much? I hope not tons..isn't the product on Palm OS like 35 bucks?

Something like that...their "upgrades" got very pricey after they started being bundled in with the phones.

Came bundled free with my Treo 650 years ago. Fully functional. Maybe it was only in Europe.

The upgrades after the bundled versions cost money. Any added features after the bundled version that comes with the phone require paid upgrades. It has rankled some Palm OS users through the years, especially if they are being asked to pay full price for the newer version (ie, their phone/device came with DTG 8, and they need DTG 10).

H$R
Feb 19, 2009, 10:36 AM
Ah ok. I doesn't really bother me. I just use the version and features I have. It's just nice to be able to create/alter a txt or doc file on the go.
I use it rarely, but it's a good thing when I do need it.

pimentoLoaf
Feb 19, 2009, 11:15 AM
FINALLY!

Had this on my old Palm PDA and it was indispensable when on trips.

Silencio
Feb 19, 2009, 11:18 AM
As a longtime Palm user, I used to think Documents To Go was an absolute critical third party app for the iPhone platform to have. Now, not so much.

Before iPhone 2.0, I simply emailed my Word and Excel files to myself and left them in a folder on my IMAP server and used iPhone's Mail app to read those files. Now I'm using AirSharing for the same purpose.

The ability to edit my Excel spreadsheets and sync them back to my desktop would be nice, but I honestly haven't missed it much. If Documents To Go is going to be lacking the Spreadsheet module for a while, then there's really no point to it for me.

I've seen some pretty awful iPhone app UIs from former Palm developers, but DTG doesn't look that bad. I'm glad it will be available but I probably won't be in a huge hurry to buy it now.

happydude
Feb 19, 2009, 11:58 AM
Good. I'm glad they are done with it. Now, quickly submit it and we can all cross our fingers that it is not held up in the approval process. It seems like the most useful, functional apps usually have the worst time going through the approval process.

agreed 100% i'm just worried apple will reject it because maybe sometime in the future they might think about allowing you to store and edit documents and until they say so, no one gets it. seems kinda apple to do that lately . . .

twoodcc
Feb 19, 2009, 12:23 PM
sounds pretty sweet. looking forward to this! i bet a lot of people would be interested in this also

larrybeo
Feb 19, 2009, 02:15 PM
Finally! Thanks to Dataviz, the iPhone is becoming more and more Palm-like every day! I can't wait to get my hands on this app! Now only if it could let you email contacts, cut and paste between contacts and notes, and most importantly Dataviz - email the edited .docx file as an attachment! My beloved Palm Handheld is creepingly coming back to life!

larrybeo
Feb 19, 2009, 02:21 PM
The Palm OS version *came with the handheld*, so no one ever really bought it. But yes, if you bought it without the handheld, it ranged from $29-$49. But of course, that is in the Palm OS land, where I paid $14.99 for Pac-Man, $19.99 for Scrabble, and $9.99 for a simple Chess game. *everything* was more expensive on the Palm OS platform because not everyone and their baby brother and great grandmother owned a Palm OS device - so devs couldn't sell as many copies. The Palm over-the-air "app store" on the Tungsten TX only offerred about 300 apps one could download mobile directly into their handheld, for instance.
Given all the details, I would expect the Dataviz iPhone app to be $9.99, or $14.99 at the highest.

I'm all over this!

Wonder how much? I hope not tons..isn't the product on Palm OS like 35 bucks?

JayLenochiniMac
Feb 20, 2009, 05:02 PM
The ability to edit my Excel spreadsheets and sync them back to my desktop would be nice, but I honestly haven't missed it much. If Documents To Go is going to be lacking the Spreadsheet module for a while, then there's really no point to it for me.

MobileFiles Pro can already do this.

LeoNobilis
Feb 20, 2009, 07:15 PM
Good news, certainly! But a two to four months wait, for a semi-capable (very good, but presumably not terribly capable) Documents to Go to be made available for download!
I had rather SoftMaker published their very powerful office suite for the iPhone! They lack resources at the moment, it appears… alas.

rhype
Feb 25, 2009, 10:46 AM
All I want is the ability to put PDF documents on my iPod touch, sending files to myself and having to find them in Mail isn't the way to go.

If it hasn't already been said you can use Readdle to store documents on your device. There's also MobileFiles Pro which allows two way transfers between your device and MobileMe.

eplchamps0304
Feb 25, 2009, 11:02 AM
Documents to go with no ability to copy and paste? With no ability to store files on the iphone indipendent of the app it was created in. No ability to email those files. Sounds interesting, just hope they have a free version like palm did.

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