Microsoft Office Document Editing Software for BlackBerry Reviewed

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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.

eOffice is feature-filled and well-priced at $29.95, pick up your copy today.

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.

Documents To Go is available for $49.99, pick up your copy today.

  • Kix Cash

    I have Documents to Go: Premium and it's pretty good… But they (DataViz) DESPERATELY need to add support for the ODFs (OpenDocument Formats), particularly now that Research in Motion (RIM) has confirmed the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) 3.0 upgrade will add this functionality when it is made available in a few days…

  • steveocch

    After you use Docs To Go for a while you will get use to it. As much as I use my BlackBerry without being able to edit Word and Excel documents I'd use my BlackBerry much less.

  • BCMike

    So you come out liking both apps. I'm having issues with Docs to go after migrating to OS5 and am frustrated by the lack of support from DataViz for their product. I'm pretty much game to give eOffice a try. Anyone know how much memory this app takes?

  • steveocch

    After you use Docs To Go for a while you will get use to it. As much as I use my BlackBerry without being able to edit Word and Excel documents I'd use my BlackBerry much less.

  • BCMike

    So you come out liking both apps. I'm having issues with Docs to go after migrating to OS5 and am frustrated by the lack of support from DataViz for their product. I'm pretty much game to give eOffice a try. Anyone know how much memory this app takes?

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    Office 4.6 has a great menu system for accessing the word processing features.