Application Review of DocumentsToGo + Full Version Key

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  1. Varking

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    Application Review of DocumentsToGo + Full Version Key
    Developed by DataViz, Inc

    What is DocumentsToGo and what does the Full Version Key unlock?

    DocumentsToGo is a free application on the Android Market that allows you to view Microsoft Word & Excel files & attachments such as doc, docx, xls, and xlsx. The full version is completely free and it is a nice start if all you want to do is view files sent to you that are the types mentioned above, but to get all the features you do indeed have to buy the key to unlock them.


    The Full Version Key unlocks these features as per their “More Info” tab at the bottom of their application;

    • Adobe PDF Support ( high fidelity viewing )
    • Microsoft PowerPoint support ( view and edit )
    • Create new files on the device
    • Edit, recalculate and save changes
    • View and update charts
    • Zoom, format and send attachments
    • Open password-protected files
    • ‘Live Folder’ for recently used documents
    • And much more…
    There are no strings attached or any lies or deceit in these words. Everything is as it says.

    How much does it cost and is the price justified?


    When this application is not on some sort of sale, the original price sits at $29.99. This is indeed a steep price for an application and for many people, it would not be justified. For somebody who needs to be able to view, edit, send and receive these as an email often, then yes I would say it is well worth the price. Myself, I am a part time student and this application allows me to not always have to lug around my laptop to take notes. I can simply choose to take notes in a word or spreadsheet file, save them, and email them to myself for later.


    The good news though is that DataViz, Inc is a very smart company who likes money. Because of this love for money they often put their Full Version Key on sale in the Android Market for a few days at a time. Around Christmas time I believe it was down to around $14.99. I purchased the application when it was on their Cinco De Mayo Sale Special, at which point it only ran me a mere $5.55, and at that price it was just too good to pass up. During certain seasons when this application goes on sale, it is just too hard to pass up and for that I must say that yes, the price is justified.

    What does the Android Market tell me about this application?


    The Android Market tells me that over 250,000 users have downloaded this application. Of which, 9670 of them have decided to rate this application and it has been awarded four out of five stars. Right in the details portion of this application on the market where the company can write about its product, they state that over 750,000 users have downloaded the free version and that over 50,000 people have become paying customers. Of those 50,000 paying customers, 4524 of them have rated the payed for version. Most people who rated it have given rave reviews of it and it has earned itself four and a half out of five stars.

    What can you tell me about your personal experience using this application?


    From my experience, this application has earned every cent of that $5.55 I gave to them for this. The Word Documents are just like you would expect them to be on a computer. You can edit fonts, bold, italic, underline, increase indent, decrease indent, make a table of contents, comment, footnote, endnote, create new, open, close, save, save as, send as email, undo, redo, paste, cut, copy, edit paragraph style, set preferences and even check your word count in all Word Documents.
    Sheet To Go is your basic stuff as well. You can insert sheets, cell comments, and autosum it. You can format things like the number, cell and sheet.


    PDF To Go allows you to view PDF Files.


    Slideshow To Go allows you to do most things that PowerPoint allows you to do.

    Are there any other drawbacks or reasons to make me think twice about purchasing?


    Despite many positive things to say about this application there are indeed some drawbacks, as with all applications. Besides viewing a PDF file, there really isn’t much else you can do with it. And while I know that may be reaching for something negative to say, I am spoiled on the computer with the ability to truly edit PDF files. On Slideshow To Go my only issue with the application is that I can do all the editing I want and add tons of content to my slides, but I can not, for the life of me, add a picture from my SD Card to one of my slides. Unless there has been an update recently that I haven’t seen, this is not an option.


    Lastly, my biggest pet peeve with this application, and apparently on the market it is the one big knock for most customers, is that when you purchase the key to unlock the rest of the applications features, it leaves two icons in your App Drawer. This is the only application I have seen that offers up a key to unlock things or go premium but for some reason can’t just merge the two icons together. It isn’t as if this should be a deal breaker but it does look a bit silly when you scroll through your drawer and see them together. It doesn’t make sense because it is possible to hide one if the developer chooses to, and once you use the pay version there is no need to click the free version.

    Verdict!


    All in all I do believe this application is worth the money and the developers have done a great job getting everything pretty bug free. Out of a possible 10 points, I would award DocumentsToGo Full Version 8.5 out of 10 stars. It is a nearly perfect application but there are more features that could, and should be added, as well as the ability to hide the DocumentsToGo free version icon once you have paid for it. It could be worth it to purchase at its original price, but if you are patient enough to wait for a holiday, just wait and catch this bad boy on sale.
    Thank you for your time and I hope you find this review useful in deciding to purchase or stay away from this application.

    ~Varking~

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    Thanks for the review. It was instrumental in swaying me to purchase the app.

    My question about the two icons is, can you uninstall the free version and just have one icon then?
     
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    Unfortunately, you can not uninstall the free application and just keep the payed one. You need to have the free version because the payed version is just a key that unlocks all the features on the free one. So for now, you just have to accept having two icons on your app drawer until they get a fix working for it. Other developers have apps on the market that hide the free version icons after you upgrade to full versions so I do not see why they can't do this.

    Actually, I think I will shoot them an email on this and try to find out if they are working on it.
     
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    Just a quick note of caution about DocsToGo. I've been using the app for a number of years on several phones and wouldn't be without it. However, I have found that it sometimes fails to open what appear to be legitimate Microsoft files.

    I've encountered the problem with spreadsheets on several occasions. The reason, I suspect, is that some non-Msoft spreadsheet applications appear to create standard ".xls" or ".xlsx" files that can be read by Excel but not by DocsToGo.

    Solution (or at least a workaround) is to forward an email to containing a file that cannot be opened to a computer where the spreadsheet can be edited by a genuine version of Excel. Save it as an Excel file and re-mail it to your phone. In my experience DocsToGo works fine after that.

    I have no idea it the same problem exists with other file formats. But the same workaround should work if it does.
     
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    Thanks for the great review. I will definitely look into getting this app.
     
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    Great program. Now if someone would come up with a .tif reader.
     
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    As an update, I will have a list of apps I already have on my phone posted for people to know what I am readily able to review, and a list of apps I am looking at buying which I will be able to review in a few weeks.
     
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    There are two flaws that I have found with the Droid version of Documents To Go. The first is the way that .pdf files are rendered. You can only see one page at a time. As you finish the first page, you can't seamlessly read to the second page. Page one has to go blank and page two has to be rendered before you can continue. I was using an iCrap while I was waiting for he opportunity to get the droid and I must say that DTG was better on that thing. It rendered .pdf files more like a computer.

    The second problem that I have is that I cannot force the program to background itself. I read a lot of pdf files and some of them are large - over 100 pages. Needless to say, that takes several days. With the iCrap, I could force the program to background itself, and it would keep my place in the file until I came back to it another day. I have not found a way to force DTG to run in the background. I have to remember where I was and open the file fresh each time.
     
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    While I have no cure for the second problem yet, the first problem will be fixed with their latest upgrade, once the Android Version goes to 3.0 which should be soon. From their page it says it will now have multi-page rendering:

     
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    Have you tried the pdf reader from Adobe that recently showed up in the Market?
     
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    I uninstalled it because I couldn't really figure it out. (Yes, the full version)

    I'll try it again though and spend more time on it and figure it out
     
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    What happened to confuse you? Maybe if you post here some of us who have been using it for a while will be able to help you out and get the most out of this application you payed for.
     
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    Not sure, I guess I just didn't really dig in deep with it. I'll try and look at it again, thanks!
    And it's ok, I'll just get it for free so if I really don't need it in my life and won't use it, I can just uninstall again without regretting ALL that money @.@

    Actually you know what, I might just instal the free version and play with that to get the feel of it. If I don't understand it, I'll report here thanks!:)
     
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    These are the applications I currently have on my phone that are up for my next review. Feel free to PM me, email me, tweet me, comment over at my blog, or post in this thread what you would like to see next. I will take whatever seems to be the top attention getter and post a review on it either Friday night or Saturday evening.
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    Just so everybody knows, when the 3.0 version gets released in the market soon, I believe a couple weeks or so, it supposedly fixes the two icon issue that I dislike, and it heavily upgraded the pdf viewer and powerpoint programs. This alleviates my biggest concerns and drawbacks with this application and once I get to test it, I will change my review around a bit in order to reflect the changes.
     
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