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File viewing app goes Android

Apr 6, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

DataViz is shipping a version of its Microsoft Office file viewer for Android. Documents To Go for Android lets users view, edit, and create native Microsoft Word and Excel files, says DataViz, which is also offering a free beta of its RoadSync app for Android.

(Click for larger view of Documents To Go for Android)

Originally launched as a Palm application, Documents to Go is also available on Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows, Windows Mobile, and Macintosh platforms. In February 2008, the file viewing application made the jump to Linux by way of a deal with MontaVista, in which the app was included in Mobilinux 5.0.

Documents To Go Standard Edition is the first application for the Linux-based Android mobile stack that supports editing of native Microsoft Word and Excel files, claims DataViz. The application is also touted as supporting all of the latest Microsoft Office file formats including 97, 2000, X, XP, 2003 and 2007 for Windows, plus Macintosh versions for 98, 2001, 2004, and 2008.

Documents To Go's Word (left) and Excel (right) viewers

The application enables files to be transferred via Bluetooth, USB, memory cards, and email attachments, as opposed to “cloud based” viewers, which offer Internet-based transfer only, claims the company. The software's “InTact” technology is touted as ensuring that all original file formatting is retained once a file has been edited and forwarded.

Documents To Go features are said to include:

  • Touch navigation
  • Keypad and scroll-ball navigation
  • Multiple zoom levels
  • Bold, italics, underline
  • Bulleted and numbered lists
  • Embedded pictures
  • Bookmarks
  • Comments
  • Track changes
  • Word count
  • Password-protected files
  • Spreadsheet functions
  • Sort
  • Freeze panes
  • Insert and delete rows and columns
  • Cut, copy, paste, undo, redo, save, and save as
  • Supports Office 97-2008

DataViz's RoadSync beta, meanwhile, uses the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol to offer secure, wireless, and direct push synchronization with Exchange Server 2003 and 2007. The beta is said to support push email, attachments, and contacts. Recently, Dmailer released its own Microsoft Exchange Server synchronization app for Android, called Dmailer Mobile for Android.

Stated Ilya Eliashevsky, Product Manager, DataViz, “By utilizing the development tools provided by Google and Open Handset Alliance, we were able to bring our solutions to Android Market much faster than we anticipated.”


Documents To Go is available exclusively through Android Market for a limited-time offer of $20, and then will be available for $30. The RoadSync beta is free through May 31, and then will be available at Android Market at an undisclosed price. More information on Documents To Go may be found here, and more on RoadSync should be here.

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