ReaddleDocs for iPad [rating: 4/5]
Never be without an important document again!
Many of us have many documents in different places these days, our home computers, work computers, mobile devices, email not to mention the various cloud document resources such as Google Docs, iDisk and DropBox and so have a single repository on your mobile device where you can access all of these resources would be advantageous.
That is what ReaddleDocs for iPad developed by Readdle claims that it can do as a “revolutionary document viewer, file manager and attachment saver” and from my time using it while it may not be revolutionary it certainly does a lot of stuff!
The first thing to note however is that ReaddleDocs is a document viewer and file manager so if you need to edit your documents then you are going to need to look elsewhere, what ReaddleDocs allows you to do is access your documents from all their sources and save them locally for reading offline.
The setup of the application provides simple and easy access and navigation to your documents. The screen is split into two with the smaller left hand column providing the main menu navigation items while the contents of those items appear on the larger right hand side of the screen.
The first option is a link to your documents an the most recent ones appear at the top of the list and will include files from all the different resources that you’ve accessed. The documents list is also fully searchable and you can also easily mass move, delete, mail and zip these files regardless of where they have been downloaded from.
Setting up the sources from which you will be able to download the files is simple enough and once you’ve gone through the initial setup for each of the sources the details will be stored for future use.
When you open one of your resources the latest files are automatically refreshed. However if you wish to refresh the documents you have to exit and re-enter the data source. A refresh button within the data source would be nice.
Network resources cover many of the popular file repository’s, iDisk (both your own and other users public files), Dropbox, Google Docs, Box.net, MyDisk and filesanywhere as well as any other resource that uses the WebDAV protocol.
As a Google Docs user I was able to easily access my documents by adding my username and password and the setup should be just as simple as for any of the other resources.
You can also download documents from websites and from attachments in you email accounts, unfortunately there appears to be no option to connect to Microsoft Exchanges accounts which will surly limit the appeal to business users that use that email protocol.
Opening a document is simple, tap on your document source and a list of the documents will be listed. The default listing is alphabetical order but this can be changed and I found the list being sorted by date was much more relevant.
The documents on you remote resource can then be downloaded individually simply by clicking on it or you can select multiple files and download them all. This is obviously dependant on how much local free space you have so if you went for the 64gb option you should be able to download many more files locally than those with the base 16gb version.
When opening the documents they open full screen utilizing almost the whole screen of the iPad with just the menu bar at the top of the screen taking up some of the iPads real estate to give you options to create and access bookmarks and email the document using the inbuilt email functionality.
At just $4.99 ReaddleDocs is not going to break the bank and with the number of document sources available users should be able to get hold of all your documents in one place. If you need to access your documents especially offline when you are on the go then ReaddleDocs could be the ideal solution for you.
- Multiple sources of document data
- Easy setup of document sources
- Clean, fresh display
The Not So Good
- No manual refresh option within each document source
- No Microsoft Exchange support
Price: $4.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0.0
Size: 6.8 MB
Languages: English, Korean
Seller: Igor Zhadanov
© 2010 Readdle
You must be at least 17 years old to download this game.
Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.