Google Docs and iDisk Integration on iPhone for Enhanced Word Processing

Utilizing an iPhone for word processing isn’t exactly my forte. Typing on a full-sized keyboard is significantly faster for me than using my thumbs on a mobile device. Yet, there are times when I must manage documents remotely, and this is where apps like Byte¬≤’s Doc¬≤ 3.0 [priced at US$3.99, iTunes Link] prove invaluable. Previously, I had been using Quickoffice [US$9.99, iTunes Link], which essentially brings Microsoft Office to the iPhone. QuickOffice supports both old and new Microsoft Word formats, along with Excel and text files.

When Doc² was released in late December, I reached out to the developer for a review copy and discovered an app with potential, yet it still lags behind other more robust Office suite apps available for the iPhone.

Doc¬≤ is limited to handling .doc files and does not support the newer .docx format, which has been standard since Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows and Office 2008 for Mac. While you can convert these files to an older format compatible with Doc¬≤, it’s an extra step that isn’t necessary with Quickoffice. If you’re looking to work on spreadsheets, Doc¬≤ won’t help; instead, you would need to download Sheet¬≤ [US$3.99, iTunes Link]. Doc¬≤ also does not support plain text file creation.

However, Doc² does offer several connectivity options for both Mac and Windows users. It integrates with MobileMe iDisk, allowing users to open and save documents directly to their iDisk.

Additionally, it supports Google Docs, enabling the opening, creation, and saving of documents. Transferring documents between a Mac or Windows PC and an iPhone can be done via a web browser or by connecting directly to the iPhone’s IP address on the same Wi-Fi network, with optional password protection for added security.

Creating a new document in Doc¬≤ involves opening a folder—be it Local Files, Google Docs, iDisk, or another WebDAV folder—and tapping the iPhone’s plus sign button. Surprisingly, the iPhone keyboard doesn’t automatically appear; instead, you must tap a specific keyboard button. This setup, while unconventional, allows for unobstructed access to formatting tools at the bottom of the screen once typing is complete.

Doc¬≤ offers basic text formatting options, including bold, italic, and underline; text and background color changes; and a choice of six standard fonts in 21 sizes. Document alignment, paragraph indenting, bulleting, numbering, and the insertion of tables or graphics from the iPhone’s photo library are also supported.

Chris

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