Opening Email attachments

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    It seems that I cannot open most emailed attachments and I am wondering if there is something I need to download or a setting I need to adjust.

    I just received an email from work with a pdf attachment. When I attempt to download it reads "Fetching attachment" then reads "This attachment cannot be displayed" or something to that effect.

    What do I need to do to correct this?

    Also, I am wanting to be able to print via my wireless network like I can from my laptop. When I first got the Droid I managed to get it working on the network by simply resetting my router, but since I have not been able to get it to work on WiFi.

    Any help?
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    Docs to Go is your friend.
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    I will check out "Docs to Go". Is this the consensus best, option?

    Or are there others to consider? I dont do lots of file transfers, etc. I am just wanting to be able to open pdf's, etc. in my email.
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    Well, I've downloaded an app called Crutch lite and I believe it's suppose to be able to open any type of document, pdf or otherwise and it's free.

    The reason I say I believe is I've yet to have a .pdf file to open....but I'm ready for one when it comes. You may want to check this one out.
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    Things like quick office, pdf viewers (in the market) etc can help with this. Docs to go is a very nice alternative to all of this. Most of the issues with opening attachments is just having the right application. Same as trying to open a pdf file on you computer if you havent downloaded adobe acrobat.
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    Docs ToGo works good.

    Does anyone else feel it's pretty pathetic/stupid to have to d/l something to open attachments on a device sold as a 'smartphone?' We're just lucky there are some decent FREE apps. But if that changes (i.e. Docs togo start charging) I will be highly pissed.... and what type of Smartphone doesn't allow you to SEND attachments (yes, I know you can attach them via other apps... but NOT from within the gmail client)... pretty stupid on Googles part, IMHO. Hopefully this will change in 2.1, I personally consider it one of the phones biggest shortfalls.
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    Yes, you can! Just click on the menu button and "attach" is right there.
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    Pictures yes, not documents, which account for 99% of attachments I send... has to be done from within Docs Togo... again, these are things that should be handled by the OS (or included apps). We should not be forced to shell out $$ for basic features like being able to edit and save an attachment you receive, only available in the Full($) version of Docs Togo.

    Sadly as the time of my 30 days nears I may have to abandon the Droid for yet another WM device (which I HATE). But there are just to many basic featuring lacking from this 'smartphone' to be used for business... Hopefully 2.1 will be released before my time ends and address these issues.
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    I have downloaded Astro, Docs to Go and K-9 Email to help with opening attachments. All of which seemed to do the trick in the beginning, then suddenly I am back to not being able to open attachments anymore. However, this morning I woke up and was so excited because I was able to open any file...but to be let down within 15 min...now it's back to being unable to open attachments.

    I get java.io.file not found...or file can not be displayed?!

    I am so frustrated!! Anyone have an idea of how to make opening of attachments consistent?? Guess I will try Crutch Lite?

    I love my phone, but this has got to be the most unbelievable downside to a "smartphone"!! I really do need to open attachments for my job. Ugh.
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    Checking the market place, it looks like Download Crutch (Lite) isn't there now.

    How the ability to save e-mail attachments was excluded from the Droid by default, is beyond me. It really is kinda sad that this functionality needs a 3rd party app.
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    I have Docs 2 Go (full paid version) and still some PDF files do not open from emails. This is a big problem for me. It doesn't appear to be the program but rather the handling of attachments if my searching on Google is yielding the results I think it is.
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    :bump:eek:k i downloaded doc 2 go full version. How do you view the document because i keep getting a msg that the file can not be viewed.
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    You can't.. some will open and some won't if you're talking about PDF files. It's something in the way they are attached, not the way they are opened.

    Does your attachment have << >> around it?
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    Just tried it... The free version of Documents To Go will view Adobe .pdf files (edit: or some of them, as has been pointed out above). I've got the same problem with sending attachments though... Just gotta cough up $15 for the full DTG app. It seems you can't submit a resume anywhere without it being a .doc Office file :soapbox: . Really, an Android version of OpenOffice would solve most of these problems (come on Sun... Give up the stuff!).
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    I agree. I only use K-9 now for my email due to its ability to save attachments and it will also show the images that people put in the body of the email. It does not actually show them in the body, but it allows you to open them at the bottom. Gmail never let you even see them.
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    Had a similar problem with a spreadsheet the other day using the full version of Docs2Go. Couldn't open the .xls attachment on my phone. Went to my Gmail account and had no problem opening the attachment using Excel.

    I then saved the attachment from Excel (on my computer) and emailed it to myself. This time Docs2Go had no trouble with it.

    My suspicion is that the original spreadsheet was created with OpenOffice or some other Excel emulation program. And while the "real" Excel (on my computer) had no trouble with it, Docs2Go was pickier.

    Have no idea if the same situation applies to you PDF example, but it's worth keeping in mind that Docs2Go is not a "true" Msoft implementation. I suspect it may not be a true Adobe implementation, either.
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    I have not had the issue yet of downloading files. I wish all of you the best there.... but what I would like to do is transfer a .pdf file into my droid and keep it there and be able to USE it (it is a service manual) with adobe reader. That is not available yet, I think. Is it going to be or is their another way to use the file? It is rather a rather large (146K) file, but tiny in comparison to most of the MP3's I have transferred.
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    I know.... seriously? You've got a $200-$500 phone, but $14.99 is too much for office software. In case you hadn't noticed, when you buy a $1000 computer you get a TRIAL version of office, you still have to shell out $150 or so to get MS Office.
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