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Viewing Word, Excel and PowerPoint Documents on the Asha 501

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The folks over at Nokia Conversations have been taking a look at a collection of apps for the Nokia Asha 501, which allow you to view Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents.

The apps, all titled My Pocket Office, by Bangalore based developers Divum, each have an abbreviation after them to help identify their function. My Pocket Office Docx is used to view Word documents, or any document in Docx format. My Pocket Office xlsx is to view Excel documents and My Pocket Office pptx allows you to view PowerPoint documents.

These apps help make the Asha 501 function more as a business tool, allowing you to open email attachments in the above mentioned format. To read what Nokia Conversation’s Phil B thought of each one of these apps, read on.

My Pocket Office – docx

The first screen you’ll see when you open the app comprises: Open files, Recent files and Bookmarks. As the apps are designed for viewing documents rather than creating them, there isn’t an option to start a new document.

As the name hints, files need to be saved in a docx format before you can open them, but I found they opened straight away when converted.

It’s easy to zoom in and out of your documents, thanks to big + and – buttons at the top of the app, and if it’s something you want to read again you can drag up the menu bar from the bottom of the screen and tap ‘Add to bookmarks’. That way, the next time you open the app, simply tap ‘Bookmarks’ and select that file.

The documents I transferred to my Asha 501 were easy to read, but the app couldn’t recognise certain punctuation marks. It’s not a deal-breaker if you just want to read your files, but it could make a big difference if you want to check that everything is perfect in an important document.

My Pocket Office – xlsx

All three of these apps have a similar appearance, making them easy to use after you’ve tried the first. The colour scheme is different for each app, with blue for Word, green for Excel and red for PowerPoint – as with the icons on the full Microsoft apps themselves.

When opening my spreadsheets with My Pocket Office – xlsx, they looked perfect in miniature. It’s easy to swipe around the display to see more detail, and once again you can zoom in if the text isn’t big enough.

My Pocket Office – pptx

Unlike the other two apps, My Pocket Office – pptx automatically starts up in landscape mode. It needs to, as PowerPoint files easily take up every millimetre of the Asha 501’s display.

The first presentation I tried to send over to my Asha 501 was some 11 slides long, so took a couple of minutes to load up. Trying it again with smaller presentations resulted in much quicker responses.

Press the play button and it’s possible to switch through all the individual slides, and this is where the big + and – zoom buttons really came in handy.

It is well worth reading the rest of Conversation’s post on these apps to find out more. Click HERE.

I have installed these apps on my Asha 501 to see if I could try them out but the 501 decided not to receive emails so I couldn’t save any Office type documents to try, but after I have this working I will take a better look at them myself.

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