The documentation provided with the program in the form of a PDF file is quite comprehensive. Each PDF file has enough information to help get even a novice BlackBerry and computer user up and running in just a few minutes. If you are a semi-experienced computer user and are familiar with Microsoft’s Word and Excel programs, you should have no problem getting the hang of eWord and eCell – regardless, it’s good to know it’s there if all else fails!
eOffice is a program with a lot of options and very powerful applications. Below is an individual break-down of each application and our results during testing.
eFile is the file navigator application of the eOffice suite. The application sports a very Windows-like “Start” menu in the lower left corner of the screen which brings up the ever-familiar pop-up menu. eFile allows you to browse the files stored locally on the device as well as the files stored on the DynoPlex wireless server. The navigation of these folders is aided by a folder tree on the left-hand side of the screen and forward, up, and back buttons on the top toolbar. Working with the files and folders is also very similar to a regular computer in that you have your basic copy, cut, paste, delete, rename, up, and new folder options to manage your items.
In the aptly named “Start” menu, you will find options for Programs, Recent, Settings, Focus, Search, About, and Exit. The Programs menu allows you to launch any of the installed applications with a single thumb-wheel click. The applications can also be launched by using the quick launch-like program icons just to the right of the start menu. The Recent menu displays a list of documents that were recently opened and worked with. Settings offers you options to set various interface options such as the showing of tool bars, tree menus, and the style of the file view. It also allows you to select the network your handheld is registered to. This option could be handy for international travel. Finally, you have the options to register your product and scan for mail. The Focus menu allows you to quickly put the thumb-wheel focus on either the tree, file list, toolbar, or clock. The Search menu option lets you do a search for files both locally and on the wireless server based on keywords. The About menu gives you the program version, website, and copyright information. Lastly, the Exit option does what one might expect and returns you to your BlackBerry’s application screen.
The navigation of eFile is very well thought out and easy to use. The layout makes any computer user feel right at home. The only drawback we could find is that when attempting to connect to the wireless server, it usually took at least 15 seconds (45 seconds to a minute in the worst case) to retrieve the directory listings. Ideally this would happen at speeds that would allow the user to barely notice the difference between browsing local files and server files – or at least cut down the transaction time for each directory view.