Documents To Go Professional Edition 4.0
Whether you download Docs To Go Professional Edition or buy it in a box, you'll shell out a surprising $69.95. If, however, you need to access only Word and Excel documents and don't want to view PowerPoint files, you're in luck: DataViz now offers a $49.95 Standard Edition. It's worth noting that many of the latest Palm handhelds, including the i705, the m130, and the m515, come bundled with Documents To Go, as do some Sony CLIE models. However, different models come with different versions, and the price of the add-on kit varies accordingly, from nothing to $29.95. See the DataViz Web site for details.
Options galore, except for presentations
Documents To Go quickly installs its three main components: a desktop application for managing documents, a conduit that automatically syncs documents between your PC and your handheld, and the handheld applications themselves. The main editing app, called Documents, lets you view and edit all document types on your handheld and even beam your docs and a viewer to other Palm users. Don't need to edit on your Palm device? Docs To Go's installation dialog also gives you the option of installing smaller, view-only Word and Excel viewers.
Unfortunately, you can't edit presentations on the handheld, but the Word To Go and Sheet To Go components include extensive editing features. Sheet To Go supports more than 110 functions, from standard arithmetic operators to basic text manipulation, all in a familiar Excel-like format. When you synchronize, Sheet To Go updates your desktop spreadsheets with any changes made to Excel data on your handheld. Plus, thanks to SmartChart, a new tool in the add-on kit, you can view charts and graphs of spreadsheet data.
Weak on Word and high-res screen support
Word To Go's toolbar may not be as sophisticated as competitor WordSmith Pro 2.0's, for example, it lacks font support and paragraph formatting options, but it's a snap to use for basic editing and formatting. We're particularly impressed by Word To Go's ability to render tables accurately; it does a much better job than WordSmith.
Regrettably, neither Word To Go nor Sheet To Go supports the higher-resolution screens of Sony's CLIE series, which would fit a great deal more table and worksheet data on the screen. While we wouldn't be surprised to see high-res support in a future version of Documents To Go, turn to Quicksheet or TinySheet for better spreadsheet display.
As it should for such a pricey product, DataViz offers free, but not toll-free, phone support during weekday business hours. There's also an extensive, searchable knowledge base at the company's Web site. One gripe: it's very difficult to find the right link if you want to send e-mail to technical support.
If Microsoft Office is your bread and butter and you need to work with files on the road, Documents To Go is your best bet for Palm handhelds. It's easy to use, powerful, and worth every penny.