DataViz Working on Native Office File Formats
DataViz has announced new technology that allows people to use documents in native file formats such as Word and Excel on a Palm OS device. This will allow users to create, edit or simply view files in their original Word and Excel format on the handheld itself. DataViz's new technology will be available in summer 2003.
For the last four years DataViz has been the leader in providing Microsoft(R) Office compatibility on the Palm OS. A version of its Documents To Go(R) software is included with most Palm and Sony handhelds, and the flagship Documents To Go Premium Edition is the number one selling office suite according to market research firm NPD Intelect (2002). Currently most people use Documents To Go to work on Office files that are delivered via synchronization.
In the future, as wireless capabilities grow, files will also commonly be delivered as wireless e-mail attachments or even via removable media such as SD cards. Regardless of delivery method the end user will want these files to be instantly accessible on their mobile device. Native file format support ensures this instant access is possible regardless of where the file is from, or how it is delivered.
Benefits of native file support include:
- Seamlessly exchanging files between a Palm, PocketPC, or a computer running Windows, whether wirelessly or using removable media
- Creating or editing e-mail attachments in Word or Excel native format so recipients open a fully formatted Word or Excel document
- Using WiFi or Bluetooth to deliver documents to other users without worrying about preprocessing the files
DataViz will be providing an easy way for third party Palm OS developers to tap into the Documents To Go applications that will offer native file format support. This will enable applications such as e-mail clients and file managers to interact with native file formats and Documents To Go.
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