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DataViz has released Documents to Go 4.0 Professional. This new version includes Slideshow To Go, which allows users to view, but not edit, PowerPoint slideshows on their Palms. It also adds SD card support and improved spreadsheet functionality. Of course, it allows users to create, view, and edit Word and Excel documents

It is available now from DataViz's website and will be in stores by the end of this month.

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Typical - BUT, here is how to get the update FREE !!!

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 12:12:18 PM #
Registration of Dataviz only 30 days before today gives it free ? That sounds typical. I guess a large number of people bought their palm M50x series prior to this 30 day deal so that an upgrade charge is necessary. Bastards, is all I can say.

Now here is something one could try though to get it FREE!!!...

When entering in the Palm serial number and registration number on the Dataviz webpage (came with the email confirmation), just enter a date of purchase LESS than 30 days before today.

This will allow you (at least for now) to download the upgrade to 4.0 WITHOUT the add-on kit (PDF and DatavizMail thingamajingees).

Careful though, you can only enter your data in once. You are not allowed to re-submit the data in case your browser hangs....

Worked for me (still downloading...)

Good luck.


P.S. Server is SLOOW and 8 mbyte in size, that is tough on a 56k modem....

RE: Typical - BUT, here is how to get the update FREE !!!
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 12:37:42 PM #
another P.S.

In case some people come now and claim to be righteous and say that I scam them out of money... I CHOSE to register early, simply to get the registration process out of the way. I could have chosen NOT to register and only register today to get the free upgrade. So there, I think I am right and it is working.

In fact, I have not even used Docs to go yet because of its inability to work with the SD card (which is what I was waiting for...)


High Res Support Please!

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 1:35:00 PM #
This is a great application. The only things that are missing are:

1) High res support for Clie, Handera, etc.
2) Ability to open jpeg and web page attachments
3) Ability to send documents straight to expansion card at syncronization (maybe it does this, haven't tried it yet).

I've got to think high res support is coming soon though.

What's missing
epetrack @ 8/6/2001 2:22:52 PM #
Obviously, there are about to be many comparisons between this and Wordsmith. I am glad to see they finally got the ability to sync to 2 computers down- that was essential. But one specific issue I will highlight is the *inability* to simply cut and paste sections larger than the palm screen size in Docs to Go. You cannot scroll down past the end of the screen, or select any text that is more than what is presented on the screen. Major shortcoming.....

RE: High Res Support Please!
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 5:25:48 PM #
SD works fine for me during sync. I like it already.

RE: High Res Support Please!
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 5:51:42 PM #
I guess I should clarify. Will the Mail to Go add-on sync attachments automatically into the card.

RE: High Res Support Please!
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 6:10:36 PM #
There is no comparison to Wordsmith and Mincalc. W/O high resolution support, no Clie owners would purchase the product as it is now. On the other hands, you get these for free for Palm 505. It makes me wonder why they didn't include the high resolution support(?)

RE: High Res Support Please!
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2001 9:45:53 AM #
Who said there isn't high res support? I have a clie and just upgraded DocsToGo 4. The high res fonts are showing up just fine!

Still no Print Boy Support
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2001 12:52:55 PM #
would have been a killer app if it also had printboy support... love it's ability to show tables though...

More than one PC!!!

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 1:32:08 PM #
Finally, You can use it on Multiple PCs! Nice list of features on PalmGear for those interested.

Sad SD Support.

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 2:17:19 PM #

Wow, I downloaded and upgraded to 4.0 (Didn't pay anything, just put my date of purchase of my m505 as July 21st). The onlyway that it will see the files on the card is to file them into seperate category exactly like the built-in launcher does. You'd think that given the amount of time they stalled on SD support it would be much more integrated. Side note, it you try to move your stored Docs into the DXTG directory on the SD card with MCFile or a similar program, Docs2Go will not see them, you can only move them there using the file option in the program on the Palm.
Not bad I guess, but given the time I would have expected more. I certianly would be upset had I paid for this upgrade.

RE: Sad SD Support.
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 3:35:41 PM #
Most people have no idea what McFile even is.

They've done it so that you can add files directly to the card by categorizing the docs on the desktop - to answer the previous post.

Everything seems to just work whether docs are on the card or on the Palm. Even the app seems to know what files are on the card because they disappear from the list when you eject the card and get added back when you put the card in. And you can sync files on cards even if you make changes.

How would you have it be more integrated than that.?

RE: Sad SD Support.
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 3:43:33 PM #

Being able to maintain the Category (Personal, Business, etc) while being installed on either the SD card or RAM would be a start. You CAN do this with other programs like iSilo or any doc reader using MSMount and other programs like PalmReader and Adobe Acrobat Reader can do it nativly as can the updated 3rd party launchers like LauncherIII 2.3.

RE: Sad SD Support.
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 4:42:02 PM #
Where can I download Launcher III 2.3? I want this program but can't find it at is there another place I should be looking? Or is this a limited distribution beta?

RE: Sad SD Support.
Berliner @ 8/6/2001 6:25:49 PM #


...Wherever you go, there you are...

RE: Sad SD Support.
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 9:51:26 PM #
Docs to Go caused frequent Hot Syncing problems before the upgrade. Now, it causes Hot Syncing problems every time. Way to go, DataViz. I'm uninstalling right now.

RE: Sad SD Support.
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 10:54:38 PM #
Thanks Berliner! I have been looking for that. I appreciate it. :-)

Mac support

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 5:57:07 PM #
"Many people have the misperception that they can't use Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on Palm handhelds"

Mac users, for example: none of the innovations in this upgrade is available in the Mac version and (according to DataViz) there is no set date when they might be. Not much point in upgrading until then, unfortunately....

RE: Mac support
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 11:31:13 PM #
This new version contains an improved spreadsheet and SD expansion support for Mac users, plus the ability to sync between multiple PCs and Macs

Just me being selfish....
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2001 2:32:00 AM #
Yeah, but I don't often use spreadsheets, only have one Mac and one Palm IIIc (no SD cards). My primary use for Docs To Go is word processing on the move, but I'd like to work on presentations and email as well: I wonder how typical a user I am?

RE: Mac support
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2001 9:59:18 AM #
how typical a user you are? very typical, actually. same problems here. =)

mmm, no printing

ro @ 8/6/2001 7:23:08 PM #
how can dataviz compete with quickoffice & wordsmith?
ok, nice new powerpoint addon, but no printing option. anyone with comments on this?
RE: mmm, no printing
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/6/2001 11:32:25 PM #
I think IS Complete and In Step have printing products that support DocsToGo. Those other products also require that you buy a printing product. I don't think any of them include printing out of the box.

As far as competition... Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, Email attachments, Windows & Mac versions, the best synchronization of any Palm wp/ss app, SD support, all in one app. I think it's great.

I've owned other DataViz products and have always found them to have excellent products and support.

RE: mmm, printing
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2001 6:02:05 PM #
Learn more about the IrPrint Suite and DocToPrint, which allows printing of Documents to Go files, here:

Palm should build printing APIs into OS 5. Having to buy an app just to print from some, but not all, your software a dumb.

Say what you want...

PalmPlan @ 8/7/2001 12:31:34 PM #
I still think Documents To Go (DTG) rocks! I am writing this while downloading V4 and I can't wait to see how the new Slideshow To Go is going to be. I've been trying other Doc editors for Palm but settled for DTG since v2. Nothing beats the seamless integration with MS Office & here's hoping that V4 lives up to expectations...


Arthur @ 8/7/2001 2:50:25 PM #
I bought Docs To Go v3 in March for $50. Then bought a 505 with free Docs To Go in June. Given I effectively paid twice in the last
four months, despite the good support & product, I resent paying
again, particularly when lack of SD support on my 505 version as shipped was pretty unforgivable anyway.

I have seen the future!

sanjef @ 8/7/2001 4:11:49 PM #
I have seen the future - and it is Palm!

On my second viewing of the computer-animated epic "Final Fantasy", I happened to notice the classic round "Palm OS" logo in the upper right and left hand corners of a two-way video communication display! See the movie and catch it if you can. The vid screen the characters use is a holographic projection so the logo has a somewhat ghostly, double-vision sort of appearance to it. Nevertheless, it clearly stated "Palm OS powered" in the upper corners! Not all the vid screens showed this logo so, be observant!

I agree with I.M.

C.R. @ 8/8/2001 7:50:44 AM #
WordSmith & MiniCalc cannot be beaten. I like the idea of viewing powerpoint files though...
RE: I agree with I.M.
AriB @ 8/9/2001 7:01:33 AM #
Palm apps now have fonts, tables, charts, powerpoint...ah but who will bring it all together? I won't be surprised if we'll have full Office functionality on Palm in a few years.

add-on kit

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/8/2001 12:06:39 PM #
Does anyone know, can you demo the add-on kit (pdf & mail) or just the office part of it (word/excel/powerpoint)?


Procrustes @ 8/9/2001 3:24:21 AM #
Mac users are asked to pay full tariff for marginal improvement while Wind users have added functionality for same price. DataViz, you've done it again.


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