Since the release of the BlackBerry Presenter and the announcement of the iPad I’ve been thinking more about mobile word processing. Until now I was satisfied just using the notepad and email functions to export the note-taking I do on my BlackBerry, onto my desktop. When iPad’s iWork word processing got debuted, I started thinking about how great it would be to get advanced word-processing features on my text-nimble BlackBerry.
After some testing I found myself wondering why bold, italics, and basic text formatting aren’t part of the BlackBerry experience. I would love it if I could compose BBMs or emails in bold, italics, and strikethroughs.
Here are some of the solutions I tried. Both had about as much ease of purchase and registration as any game or theme, which was surprising for such valuable mobile utilities.
eOffice 4.6 by DynoPlex Inc
eOffice offers a suite of editors and a great UI for handling the sharing, accessing, and storage of all your documents. I was pleasantly surprised to the file-management system so well-laid out for a mobile app. Having the phone memory, media card, google docs, an included online “Virtual Drive”, and PC Desktop access all available from the app’s file selection menu.
eOffice 4.6 has a great menu system for accessing the word processing features. Press the menu button and up comes a hierarchical, menu with more features and formatting than you would expect for a mobile word processor. From here you can access the file menu, fonts, formatting, tools, view, and zoom options.
I found eOffice to be elegantly designed for the mobile, it had all of the features I wanted, and saved the more advanced stuff for the desktop. I was able to seamlessly open word and excel files from my email, edit them on the go, and loved what I saw when I got back to my desktop word processor.
Documents To Go Premium Edition 2.0 by DataViz
Instead of an all-in one office suite, Documents To Go has instead opted for separate apps and good BlackBerry menu integration. DataViz has also developed something called InTact technology which insures that you have 100% document fidelity while editing on your device.
Documents To Go also has a file-loading app called Documents To Go Files. This app allows you to access documents on your device or remotely access your files on your PC. I look at this tool as an advanced out of office tool. Being able to access the stuff you don’t even plan on accessing when you leave the office has got to be the most subtle killer app I can think of. It’s also got a great PDF viewer to round out this professional suite of viewers and editors.
I like how Documents To Go handles the difference between viewing and editing. When you open a document from email or through browsing files, you’ll be asked if you’d like to simply view or edit the document. Seems like something small but I like how the concepts are separate within the same software. I’ve pocket dialed enough people in my time that I’d rather not pocket edit something important from work.