TiPb Apps #1.4 -- Documents To Go for iPhone to get Google Docs, Desktop Sync (MWC 2010)

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We just finished having a sit down with the fine folks from DocsToGo and they shared some exciting news about DocsToGo Premium: Desktop Sync and Google Sync are en route! They expect they'll be submitting the app to the Apple in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for the release. DocsToGo is currently $14.99 in the App Store.

Document Sync with the desktop works just like you would expect it to: plug in and Sync. What's more exciting for me (and for cloud-lovers everywhere) is that you'll be able to sync with all the documents you've stored up at Google Docs. It's a full sync client - meaning that you can download and edit documents offline and then sync them up with Google Docs later. Another thing worth noting is that Google recently updated Google Docs to allow you to upload any file - which means you will be able to upload and store PDFs, images, and documents to Google Docs and then access them later with DocsToGo. (Video after the break!)

Otherwise, as it always is with major mobile conferences, the iPhone isn't officially here but unofficially it's everywhere. My completely unscientific method of "hey, what's in people's hands" poll shows that it's slightly edging out Nokia as the most popular phone at Mobile World Congress.

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TiPb Apps #1.4 -- Documents To Go for iPhone to get Google Docs, Desktop Sync (MWC 2010)


I don't use Google Docs but I am waiting for DataViz to (hopefully) include DropBox functionality in a upcoming version.

How does their document editing experience compare to the likes of QuickOffice? QuickOffice also has cloud-syncing with gDocs, iDisk, Dropbox, box.net? and maybe another one. Exchange sync is handled via forwarding the email to their servers, so not as nice as the exchange scraping here which is rather nice.

I use dropbox all the time to keep my docs and works seamlessly without need to upload every single doc. Hopefully they add dropbox to their update line.

@Jerry G. Hopefully they'll add MobileMe sync too. This is a very nice update. @KiltBear it's mostly personal preference as both are very good and near equal on editing features except QuickOffice doesn't create/edit PowerPoint files.

I wish the e-mail integration was more full-on, allowing you to search your e-mail in specific folders and what not for attachments instead of just "scanning" on your inbox for e-mails with attachments. I might need try the Google Doc sync feature.

Use this app all the time and love it. Great for editing during meetings or fixing mistakes on the go.

Document to go is great but very limited due to Apple's policies. However if your jailbroken like I am then you can really get the juice out of Doc to Go. Example: I get spreadsheet email sent to a regular yahoo account and I can movie it to a folder where I can open it via Docs to Go thru Cydia app called iFiles. Normally to do this its my understanding you must have a special email accoun thru exchange I think.

I'm certain there's something that I'm missing from this, but I seem to see this app as just a bit more featured for a 50% price increase over QuickOffice. However, I will definitely admit the interface is sweet and the video showed it to look pretty swift. I wouldn't mind giving it a go, I'm never one to say that a single app is the only one that will ever be right for me. (looks at where file magnet used to be and sighs wistfully)

Waiting to see who will be first to offer a universal (both iPad and iPhone optimized) set of Office apps at a reasonable price. Apple has the iWork apps but they're iPad only.

@Wolfmore - great idea using iFile to have finer granular control over your Docs to Go files. I'll be sure to try that out.

Yep iFile is great many uses...you will also need to download AttachmentSaver from Cydia. It allow you to save attachments you get in your email. You will need to figure things out at first. E.g. AttachmentSaver saves to a folder you can access with iFiles called "Attachments". Once found you can bookmark folders you access alot within iFiles. You then have to copy or move the file you want to access over to the DocstoGo directory using iFile. Like I said you only really search once due to the bookmark feature. This directory is here: var/mobile/application/doctogo/documents/localfiles (iFile has a feature in settings that will place the Application Names...make sue that is set to ON..other wise it will be hard to find in the applications folder)
Now you are able to open the Doctogo App and manipulate the file. When finished you can go back using iFiles and email it out.

I'd like to try it, but it's a bit costly just to give it a go. I don't keep a lot of docs on my iPhone, but I'd go this route if I did.

Google Docs sync is nice. It would be nice to have Dropbox support as well. And Live Mesh support in the future would be great as well when it gets integrated more into Windows Live Wave 4 with an API for it.