Tried and true docs viewer

Documents To Go quickly proves its competence by delivering crisp, clear reproductions of your Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and Excel documents--but the absent support for creating Excel documents is a demerit.

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 It delivers crisp, clear reproductions of your Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and Excel documents, even Microsoft Office 2007 files. Even better, mobile workers can create, edit, save, and e-mail Microsoft Word documents. However, until Documents To Go also engenders spreadsheet creation and editing, it will remain an incomplete business tool.

In addition to the iPhone app, Documents To Go gives you the option of downloading a free companion desktop application that syncs files and folders between your iPhone and Windows or Mac computer. You can also drag items into a desktop folder for a quick sync. Syncing worked well, but the setup was a little laborious, and the Wi-Fi requirement to initiate a sync shuts out home and corporate users who get their Internet from an Ethernet cable.

You'll be prompted to register from the desktop sync app from the phone, which results in an autogenerated e-mail that contains a link to the Web site from which you can download the app. Alternatively, you can just download it to the desktop from the company's Web site. You'll pair the desktop by pressing the Settings button, selecting "add new desktop," and punching in the four-digit passcode.

While the desktop companion helps make the now-limited tool more useful, its Wi-Fi requirement puts a crimp in its usability. However, those who work predominantly with Word applications, and who have ample access to Wi-Fi networks, will find Documents To Go a welcome part of their productivity toolbox.

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