Posted 04/19/2013 at 2:38 PM
Posted 3 years ago
Doo, the document management startup, has brought its software to Google Play today, with the promise of an iOS app to follow soon.
Already available as an application for Windows 8 and Mac OS X, Doo allows users to synchronize with folders stored on a local computer and popular cloud-based storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Skydrive.
Users of the new Android app will be able to search for documents that are stored in various places so long as they are linked to a Doo account. The app also makes it possible to download files locally to an Android smartphone or tablet.
Looking up documents has been made simple by Doo’s ability to create “smart tags,” taking relevant information from documents such as content, creation date and type and allowing users to locate the right one with minimum fuss.
For those of you that have used the desktop version of the software, news of an Android app will be very welcome; however, you shouldn’t download Doo and expect a desktop-like experience. The mobile app is a much more scaled down version of the Windows 8 and Mac OS X software and has some notable drawbacks.
The first major disadvantage is the fact that the app is purely for documents; this means image files are not compatible. Secondly, the app stores everything in PDF format, making it not much more than a reader. Any changes that you need to make to documents will have to be done by downloading the file and using a third-party app. Of course, then you’d be left with the difficult task of uploading the modified file back to your Doo account.
These downsides will obviously put some people off using the app, but if simply searching and reading docs is all that you require, Doo for Android excels, providing a superb search function and a crisp PDF reader.
Doo comes in seven different languages (English, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and Swedish) and is available now in the Google Play Store. The German startup also says an iOS app is in the works. Let’s just hope it can sort out the shortcomings before it arrives.