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Buggy translation program

Cute Translator lets users translate text between 13 different languages. Although the program does translate text quickly, we found the program's other features frustrating and, in some cases, unusable.

We were met right off the bat with two nonsensical error messages when the program opened. We ignored them, and the program opened without issues. The interface is simple enough, with a box for users to input text and another below it where the translation appears. Translations are completed quickly. The program's extra features, however, are annoying to set up. Users can have text read aloud to them by … Read more

'Compare My Docs' does just what you think it does

If you're a regular user of the revision comparison feature in Google Docs, you'll likely enjoy new service Compare My Docs. It comes from the same folks who created TextFlow, the Adobe AIR-based app that spot differences across multiple copies of a Word document or rich text file.

Compare My Docs does many of the same things as TextFlow, including being able to compare up to six versions of the same document to see what's been changed. The big difference though, is that it runs right in your browser and requires no sign-up whatsoever.

Just like TextFlow, … Read more

Premium Documents To Go updates on BlackBerry

Your BlackBerry may already have the free version of the Documents To Go viewer and editor loaded onto it. That's fine for casual users, but professionals who annex their smartphones into their virtual office will want the advanced creating and editing features of the premium version (compare features--PDF).

On BlackBerry phones, Documents To Go Premium Edition 2.0 adds four new features. There's a file browser to delete, rename, and copy and paste all the Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files across the Documents To Go sub-apps. There's also an enriched PDF To Go … Read more

Office document generator

Blitz Document is a useful tool with built-in templates for creating office forms. The templates help you quickly design and generate common and specialized business documents for a variety of purposes, including invoices, sales agreements, letters, and memos. There are "Sales Related Documents" like Invoices, Bills of Sale, and Sales Agreements. Businesses can use the templates as-is, but they're easily edited and customized for different needs.

Under the Common Forms tab in the Template menu, you'll find templates for frequently used office type purposes: faxes, letters, meeting agendas, and more. We really liked Blitz Document's … Read more

No-hurt convert

The Portable Document Format (PDF) is the business world's choice for digital documents. It's easy to post PDFs online for users to download. Unfortunately, using PDFs is not as easy as browsing to a Web page, as anyone who has ever downloaded a product manual will verify. You typically need a program that can open and read PDFs, such as Adobe's Acrobat Reader or a third-party application. Even when you've got the PDF open, it's not always easy to read or to navigate through multiple documents. More and more Web sites are giving you the … Read more

Now in Google search results: Formatted PDFs

Google on Wednesday announced that its search results now feature an option allowing users to view formatted PDFs from within their browser.

Although Google's search results have long featured a "View as HTML" option for documents using the Portable Document Format standard, the company in a blog post said that "option loses some of the formatting from the original PDF, such as graphics, tables, fonts, and other elements."

To solve the issue, a new "Quick View" option has been added to some PDFs in search results. When a user clicks on the link, … Read more

Simple document combiner

Advanced Batch PDF Combiner is a simple program that allows users to combine two PDF files in a variety of ways. The program doesn't have a lot of features, but it works well, with an intuitive interface that makes it very quick and easy to use.

The program's interface manages to be both intuitive and cumbersome; all of the steps are fairly obvious, but the way some options are organized makes it a little overwhelming. Users first choose the two PDFs they want to work with, which is easy enough, but then they must choose from seven options … Read more

See docs, attachments clearly

When it comes to faithfully viewing and rendering a Microsoft Office or iWork document on your iPhone or iPod Touch, Documents To Go quickly proves its competence by delivering crisp, clear reproductions of your Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and Excel documents, and even Microsoft Office 2007 files. Most core tools to create, edit, save, and send Microsoft Word and Excel documents are tucked within expanding tool menus. Tools include Apple's copy/paste, font and paragraph style, and lists, among others. Many are intuitive, but some require some trial and error before you become familiar with which icons do what.

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Basic document converter

ActMask Document Converter X is an easy-to-use program that lets users quickly convert files into different formats. It's nothing fancy, but it's a good choice for users find themselves needing to convert documents regularly.

The program's interface is basic and intuitive, and users can either open the program by itself or select it from the list of printers when printing a document. Users then simply select the format that they want to use, including PDF, TXT, and a variety of image file types. The program quickly converts the document to the desired file type. Many of the … Read more

Tried-and-true docs viewer

When it comes to faithfully viewing and rendering a Microsoft Office or iWork document on your iPhone or iPod Touch, Documents To Go quickly proves its competence by delivering crisp, clear reproductions of your Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and Excel documents, and even Microsoft Office 2007 files. Most core tools to create, edit, save, and send Microsoft Word and Excel documents are tucked within expanding tool menus. Tools include Apple's copy/paste, font and paragraph style, and lists, among others. Many are intuitive, but some require some trial and error before you become familiar with which icons do what.

In … Read more