Samantha Ling (lingtm) wrote,
Samantha Ling

Docs2Go meets Google Doc: The Unlove Affair

I’ve been using google docs a lot lately due to the various devices and computers that I’ve been using. It keeps me from having to connect everything together. Documents to Go allows you to work with google docs (along with several other cloud syncing services like drop box and the like, but I haven’t used those so I don’t know if they work well). You have to by the premium edition (which costs $5 more).

The thing is that it doesn’t quite keep all the formatting. Here’s a document that I started in Docs2Go.

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This is a document that I created in Docs2Go with the built in tabs.

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t transfer over.

The alternative is just to do spaces instead of using the tab. The indent on google docs defaults to 4 spaces. So if you do four spaces in docs2go, it’ll transfer over. If you download it back into Word, the four spaces are still there. You can just write a macro to search and replace the four spaces and reformat the document so that the first line of each paragraph indents a certain amount. It’s a little bit of a pain and an extra step, but it’s the only solution that I’ve got.

The good thing about this combination is that docs2go allows you to work on the documents offline and then sync it afterwards.

I know that quick office also has the ability to could sync, but I haven’t used that one in a while, so I can’t talk about how well that works with google docs.

Though there are formatting issues between these two programs, it’s not enough for me to go out and look for another program. Let me know if you’ve used other programs that work better with google docs.

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal

Tags: apps, docs2go, google docs, ipad

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