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January 6th, 2000

[Show Floor] MACWORLD Expo - Show Floor Demo of Documents to Go reveals new Text Features, AppleScript Support, and More
by John F. Braun

Back in September, we reviewed Documents to Go 2.0, a solution for transferring several types of documents from your Mac to a Palm handheld. Today we had a chance to speak with Erin O'Connor from DataViz and learn about some of the enhancements that can be expected in version 2.003, slated to be released by the end of January 2000.

One major enhancement is that richer text viewing is supported. Text features such as bold, italic, underline, indenting, bullets and tables are supported when transferred to the Palm. Plus, users can cut and paste text from the Documents to Go viewer into other applications, although styles will not be retained.

Another neat feature is that documents can now be shared, via beaming, with other Palm users who don't have Documents to Go. This requires the sender to first beam the appropriate viewer to the recipient, and then to send the document. Also, if a recipient has Documents to Go, they can recreate the original document on their Mac the next time they HotSync.

To round things out, support for both AppleScript and Contextual Menus is now offered, making this package more Mac-like than ever.

The only difficulty we ran into was an error when trying to beam a document from the DataViz Palm units to our Palm VII. But since the product is still in final testing, we are sure DataViz will squash this bug before final release. We did observe the product working properly with the test units that they had on hand, including the Palm III and Palm IIIe.

DataViz - MACWORLD Expo SF Special Report



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