ePad is essentially the BB equivilent of Notepad for Windows. It is a very quick loading application that gives you the ability to enter plain text (no formatting options) and save files (.txt). This application seemed most useful when we wanted to send some notes from our BB via an email attachment. We copied and pasted our BB notes into ePad, saved the file and then opened up eWorks to attach the text file to the email.
eCells is DynoPlex’s answer to MS Excel. The program contains most of the most commonly used commands from Excel including: cell formatting, cell width adjustment, sorting, text formatting, row and column insertion, function support, searching, multiple sheet support, and chart creation. Moving your files to and from your device is very straight forward and can be done via eFile Desktop in the same manner as with eWord files.
The interface of eCell closely resembles that of MS Excel, so if you are at all familiar with Excel, you should be right at home using eCell. You can scroll through the cells vertically easily with the thumb-wheel and horizontally by holding Alt and scrolling. Highlighting cells is also an easy task. Simply clicking the thumb-wheel and choosing the Select menu allows you to cancel your selection, highlight cells, rows, columns, or everything. This can be extremely useful when formatting a large group of cells.
The formatting options of eCell are exactly as you would expect and include defaults for general text, dates, time, date & time combinations, numbers, currency, percentages, and text. One formatting option that is curiously missing from the program is the ability to adjust the fonts and font sizes. In our testing, PC documents that we sent to our BB via eFile Desktop for editing came back all in the same font and all with the same font size (10 – Arial).
Throughout our testing, we were continually impressed by the function support in our sheets. We tested several common functions in our sheet and updated the values throughout the document and found eCell to recalculate all the dynamic values (even formulas with references to other formulas) typically in less than a second. Also, the entry of formulas is eased by the Insert >> Function menu option. By using this option, you can scroll through the different categories of functions available and see the usage in case you can’t remember.
eCell also has some charting capabilities built into it. The steps to create a chart are similar to MS Excel in that you need to highlight the cells you’d like it to create a chart for, then choose the type of chart – column, bar, line, pie, xy (scatter), area, doughnut, radar, and bubble charts are supported. Once eCell has generated the chart, it is placed in a separate sheet labeled Chart X. When we attempted to download the document with the chart embedded, we continually ran into the problem of the chart not displaying properly on our PC. In one of our tests, we had created a 4 series bar graph on the handheld, and were only shown a single series when opened on the PC. To ensure it wasn’t a simple problem with the version of Excel we were using (MS Excel 2002), we tried opening it up with Excel X for Mac OS X and had the exact same results.