Previous versions of DocumentsToGo 10 supported reading/displaying received Office 2007 files. DocsToGo 10.002 is a free upgrade for all owners of any 10.x version…and it can now SAVE files in the format of Microsoft’s new office suite….

The file manager makes no difference between classic and new files – the selected file in the image below is a “new” one, all others are classic:
0a DocumentsToGo 10.002   create Office 2007 files with your Palm

Unfortunately, the most important switch is well-hidden in a Prefs menu. It controls the ‘working mode’ of DocsToGo:
1a DocumentsToGo 10.002   create Office 2007 files with your Palm

If the program is in Office 2007 mode, all newly created files can be saved ONLY in the new format. If the program is in ‘compatibility mode’, no Office 2007 files can be created. As an example, the images below show SheetToGo’s Save File dialog – once in Office 2007 mode, once in ‘compatibility’ mode:
2a DocumentsToGo 10.002   create Office 2007 files with your Palm 2b DocumentsToGo 10.002   create Office 2007 files with your Palm

Last but not least, here are a few short sample files created on the go and saved as Office 2007 documents:
Excel 2007
SheetToGo managed my test sheet consisting of a sine and a cosine plot and an XY chart excellently – here’s the xlsx file for your viewing pleasure:
3a DocumentsToGo 10.002   create Office 2007 files with your Palm 3b DocumentsToGo 10.002   create Office 2007 files with your Palm

PowerPoint 2007
SlideshowToGo has always been a tool for “text editing” rather than tackling images and styles – my small test presentation was managed well(pptx file here):
4a DocumentsToGo 10.002   create Office 2007 files with your Palm

Word 2007
Word 2007 has disappointed me a bit, as the add table function was “disabled” while in Office 2007 mode. I kept tapping the menu – but nothing happened. However, the rest has worked well as usual(docx file here):
5a DocumentsToGo 10.002   create Office 2007 files with your Palm

Cutting a long story short: Palm users can now create Office 2007 files on the go. However, I don’t see myself using this much – all major Office suites(including Ribbon Office…ah, sorry, 2007) can read Microsoft’s classic file formats…so why isolate the millions and millions of people who chose not to update to Office 2007…

Boy oh boy, I can still remember the day when I got my first HiRes Palm(a Palm Tungsten T). The HiRes display was simply stunning for a person coming from a Palm m505…soo much more information on such a tiny thing. Adios scrolling, welcome tiny fonts and halfblind eye! DocumentsToGo always did a good job in HiRes, but I always had the impression that they ignored Lowres handhelds a bit.

To be honest, DocumentsToGo 9 sneaked itself onto my Treo 600 rather accidentally – its hotsync conduit found a PDA that ran v8 and simpy kicked v9 into the RAM instead(so much about beeing card sensitive, good I had 17meg free). Anyways, DocumentsToGo started up without problems on the Treo 600:
 DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions  DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions

WordToGo
The major annoyance I always had with WotrdToGo on Lowres devices was the big default Palm OS font used for displaying data. DocumentsToGo 9 now uses its Agfa TrueType engine on Lowres Palm PDA’s too – three zoom levels for lowres folks:
 DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions  DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions  DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions

I already mentioned that the Agfa engine has problems with rendering in our Documents To Go 9 review – this photo of a regular plaintext file shows how crazy the fonts actually look(greyscale pixels everywhere). I probably mentioned already that ClearType, subpixel rendering, etc are a surefire way to annoy my halfblind eye, didnt I( :-) )?:
 DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions

WordToGo now supports a true fullscreen mode – the extra three lines can be very helpful when it comes to reading documents:
 DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions

SheetToGo
SheetToGo also supports three zoom levels(small is unusable) and a fullscreen view mode:
 DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions  DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions  DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions

 DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions

SlideshowToGo
SlideShowToGo works really well on Lowres screens. When you zoom in, the slides are shown really really clear:
 DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions  DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions  DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions

Last but not least, here is a photo of an app with a really well-done small font. Its SrcEdit(free from here):
 DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions

Overall, DocumentsToGo 9 is a great step forward for Lowres handheld users – and it is a step back, too. The flexible zoom options make viewing files easy, but the subpixel rendering spoils the fiest(for me). If you want to know more about DocumentsToGo 9, visit our full review!

DataViz’s Documents To Go always was the most useable office suite for the Palm OS. It didnt always have all the features of the competition(especially MobiSystems OfficeSuite), but was extremely easy to use. Documents to Go 9 is intended to close the gap – lets see how it fares.

Upgrading
When installing DocumentsToGo, you are asked to sync all files to the desktop. In addition, you get the following dialog stating that various file formats are no longer supported. I was shocked to see that GIF was kicked off the list – Kristen from DataViz told me that very few customers used it:
 Documents To Go 9   the review
Indeed, when an old format file(SheetToGo, WordToGo, etc) manages to stick around somehow; DocumentsToGo 9 refuses to open it:
 Documents To Go 9   the review  Documents To Go 9   the review

InTact technology
Documents To Go always lived off its(usually excellent…that is until stuff got 50 pages long) desktop conduit for keeping the file formatting intact. Dataviz’s Intact technology now eliminates the conversion process and the “DataViz proprietary” formats – its all native now. The technology is said to preserve formatting(worked well for me so far) – a detailled test of this can be done on request!

The main screen
DocumentsToGo is a classic Hub – and – spoke style application. The ‘hub’ always was problematic as it only offered a list of files. Starting DocumentsToGo 9 still shows the hub list:
 Documents To Go 9   the review
However, clicking the file browser button in the bottom tool bar opens the new file manager view:
 Documents To Go 9   the review

Word to Go
Word to go is the word processing module of Documents To Go 9. The font rendering seems to be a bit less clear than it was in the last version – apperently, Agfa’s iType font rendering engine uses greyscale “antialiasing” – a technology that does not work together well with my half-blind eye(it prefers black on white text, dont ask me why). Zooming still happens in three predefined steps…
 Documents To Go 9   the review
The main improvements in Word to Go are shown in the menu below – and only Split Screen Moder can actually be used with documents created on the handheld(all other ones only allow you to work with files created on a desktop):
 Documents To Go 9   the review  Documents To Go 9   the review

SheetToGo
SheetToGo also got the new look – and it also inherited the TrueType font system covered above. This image shows the clarity problem:
 Documents To Go 9   the review
SheetToGo’s biggest improvement was the addition of XY-Scatter-Charts. These charts are needed to display the results of some computations. Additionally, charts can now be zoomed in and out in three levels:
 Documents To Go 9   the review  Documents To Go 9   the review  Documents To Go 9   the review
The TrueType support in SheetToGo simply means that the program can display a select few fonts. There seems to be no way to add extra fonts like one can do with MobiSystems:
 Documents To Go 9   the review

‹b›SlideShow To Go‹/b›
SlideShow to Go is DataViz’s PowerPoint component. It also got the new look/feel, and can now edit native ppt files:
 Documents To Go 9   the review
The impressive thing about the rendering is its clarity – look at the following two pictures of a Visio OLE object(great progress from V8, which already was much better than V7) and a slide head:
 Documents To Go 9   the review  Documents To Go 9   the review

Printing
I recently had my Epson Stylus Color 740 repaired for use with the Palm Tungsten T3 – only to find out that Bachmann Software’s PrintBoy can’t print native files:
 Documents To Go 9   the review

Since DocumentsToGo 9 doesnt support the ‘proprietary Dataviz’ files anymore, printing is not possible with it. However, according to Kristen, an update of PrintBoy is expected soon.

Compatibility, memory requirements
We already covered that in our Preview – find it here:
http://tamspalm.tamoggemon.com/2006/10/18/documentstogo-9-released-review-coming-soon/

Overall, reviewing Documents To Go 9 was an interesting experience. The design of the program has become much more “business-like” and dark, a thing that I like very much. The file manager – my main annoyance with previous versions – is now integrated; and the suite has become much more usable by that. InTact technology seems to work very well(more tests on request) – if you want to finally ditch your desktop completely, this is the way to go. The other features essentially add tiny bits here and there – but with those features also come problems. Documents To Go 9 no longer has the clearest text of all Office suites, and also lags a bit in landscape mode.

A 14day trial is available here – look at it yourself and tell us what you think!

The Palm OS spreadsheet market has recently become a twoman show(imho) – Dataviz against Mobisystems, with Cesinc beeing on the way out(imho). Each of these suites can do loads of things – but they are incredibly heavy filesize-wise.and most of the included features(native file support) aren’t useful for WristPDA users. MiniCalc is not a doitall product – it focusses on the gist of Excel and thus is small and fast…

When starting MiniCalc, one immediately sees that the developer has thought about ease of use – you can either look at a list of books, or look at the individual sheets:
books MiniCalc review   Excel for WristPDA sheets MiniCalc review   Excel for WristPDA
After opening a sheet, the good impression continues. A variety of zoom levels allow you to customize your view:
zoomdef MiniCalc review   Excel for WristPDA zoomin MiniCalc review   Excel for WristPDA zoommax MiniCalc review   Excel for WristPDA
The editing screen itself is full of gadgets that help navigate/enter data. Tapping the gadgets requires a bit of dexterity-but the useful features pay out. For example, you get a popover numeric keyboard, a text box that shows more field contents and a variety of scroll modes:
gad1 MiniCalc review   Excel for WristPDA gad2 MiniCalc review   Excel for WristPDA
The spreadsheet itself fared well in my test. All necessary functions are there, the calculations work fast and well. Formatting output was no problem either – the calculation shown below will be too familiar to Palm OS developers:
devcalc MiniCalc review   Excel for WristPDA
MiniCalc contains an optional chart module that produces acceptable charts on the go:
ch1 MiniCalc review   Excel for WristPDA ch2 MiniCalc review   Excel for WristPDA chs MiniCalc review   Excel for WristPDA
MiniCalc is totally modular – you can remove unneeded functions to save space(!!!):
lib MiniCalc review   Excel for WristPDA

This review covered MiniCalc version 7.2.2 on an Abacus AU5008 WristPda. Fully installed, the program takes up about 300k, but can be slimmed down. The products homepage is:
http://www.solutionsinhand.com/

MiniCalc contains a desktop conduit as well – however, this review focusses on the handheld component. A 15day demo version is available though – so try it out before buying!

Overall, SolutionsInHand did a great job with MiniCalc. The program is very small but still flexible enough for almost every Excel task. If you need a spreadsheet for your WristPDA and can miss out on native file support, this could be your ideal app!
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SlideshowToGo 7 was the first PalmOS program that could display native PowerPoint files. DataViz sent us its successor for review-and indeed, it works well. We tested it on a Tungsten T3 with this PowerPoint presentation.

The UI of the application still is file-centric. This makes usage easier, but gets confusing if you have more than a few presentations. PalmOne handhelds with Files are said to have a file dialog as well(click images for bigger versions):
 SlideshowToGo 8 review
SlideShowToGo has three rendering modes. Textual rendering displays the slide’s text in a tree-ish form. Multi-column slides and bulleted text are displayed perfectly, but text in tables is lost:
 SlideshowToGo 8 review
Mini rendering shows the full slide on the screen. It works well, and the text is really clear-a significant improvement over version 7:
 SlideshowToGo 8 review  SlideshowToGo 8 review
Last but not least, there is zoomed rendering. In this mode, slides are shown in ‘full size:
 SlideshowToGo 8 review
Gif and JPEG images are displayed in 8bit mode(click images for huge bitmaps):
 SlideshowToGo 8 review  SlideshowToGo 8 review
Complex tables are no problems:
 SlideshowToGo 8 review
Equation editor is no problem:
 SlideshowToGo 8 review
Our visio example wasn’t rendered fully-but it was o.k.
 SlideshowToGo 8 review
The editing functionality is decent-you can add slides and modify existing text.

Files are opened pretty fast-you usually don’t have to wait more than 10 seconds for a slide. We had one crash that killed the entire suite for good-but it worked well again after opening a file via VersaMail.

Overall, this program takes the fear out of PowerPoint. Native files can be opened decently fast. Slides are rendered in a pretty complete fashion, the content is displayed well. We experienced one major crash, but I beleive that this was just bad luck. SlideshowToGo 8 is a good powerpoint viewer-if you receive many presentations on the go, purchase it!

Its finally out! Version 1.0 of PalmPDF has been released, and can now be found on Metaview’s website.

For those who have been in the dark lately, PalmPDF is the only free native PDF viewer for the Palm OS. Other available viewers are Docs To Go, which is alot slower, and less feature filled, and PicselViewer (or Picsel ProViewer), which also really arent available on a wide scale. I should mention ProViewer is definitely not free, but quite expensive.

When people think about office suites for PalmOS, DocumentsToGo and QuickOffice are typical thoughts. However, MobiSystems recently completed version 7 of its OfficeSuite-and it indeed is an impressive tool. This review of OfficeSuite Professional concentrates on the two core programs for Excel and Word-the powerpoint module is average but lacks native file support; database is OK and Paint is excellent!
The first thing one notes about these programs is the lovely VFS integration. The main screen mirrors the tree view of popular file managers, and the dialogs allow you to choose where a file should be stored. It is possible to use an FTP directory for storage, and the company even grants you comfortable four megabytes of remote storage on their server. Anyways, this part of the program feels way better than DocumentsToGo 7(click images for bigger versions, the gradients are due to GIF compression):

mainmenu MobileOffice 7 Professional review

However, this impression changes blazingly fast when you start to edit a document in landscape mode using onscreen grafitti. I am decent at the program, but my T3 never gets the i right. Disabling the spellchecker and the word completion did not fix this problem. But the lovely software keyboard compensates this deficiency:

keyboard MobileOffice 7 Professional review wordcomplete MobileOffice 7 Professional review

The font rendering works well. You can adjust colors, font sizes, font faces and attributes. Fonts can be mobilized on the desktop using a special program. Flexible zooming is also possible, however, the fonts loose sharpness as the zoom factor gets smaller(it looks as if they use a sort of ClearType, which is bad for my eyes). Documents To Go fonts look ‘sharper’, but Mobisystems is more accurate. Hyperlinks, page settings et al can be adjusted as well, however, style sheets aren’t supported.

doc100 MobileOffice 7 Professional review doc50 MobileOffice 7 Professional review

The program has very good support for tables, images and numbering. You can actually integrate images into documents on the handheld. Most objects hide their details behind a context menu which can be opened by clicking onto an object for about a second:

img MobileOffice 7 Professional review table MobileOffice 7 Professional review

The program even includes a paste special tool that allows you to paste data selectively.

pastespecial MobileOffice 7 Professional review

Each of the functions has a small help text-this can come in handy at times:

funchelp MobileOffice 7 Professional review funclist MobileOffice 7 Professional review

Finally, Sheet 7 has a good charting module that produces good charts. Sorting data, inserting comments,.. is not a problem either:

chart1 MobileOffice 7 Professional review chart2 MobileOffice 7 Professional review comment MobileOffice 7 Professional review commentedit MobileOffice 7 Professional review

However, the program lacks a few of the funky functions Docs has. For example, there is no print previewing option. Also, images don’t appear to be supported. Sheet also has a desktop component btw.

Overall, MobiSystems is a good mobile excel/word processor. It definitely is slower and way bigger(2-3x) than DocsToGo, but has loads of extra functions that really are worth it. The program displays documents in an incredibly accurate way. All popular file formats are supported, and the good VFS integration helps when managing more than just a few files. This is not an office suite for everyone, but it will for sure satisfy demanding users who are willing to invest a bit of time into learning and configuring the program. An evaluation version is available- try it out before buying!

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