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    I am totally confused between readers and
    document converters.

    Does anyone know if there is a SINGLE product that will do both?

    I want to download Word files to my visor
    and also want to download these e-books
    I read so much about.

    Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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    With the exception of Documents To Go (DataViz - http://www.dataviz.com/ - and it is not a DOC reader), the conversion utility is PC (or Mac) based, and the reader is a Palm OS application. So there really is no single application solution.

    You can search the treads here for references to the free Word-to-DOC conversion utilities. Alternately, you might want to consider InstallBuddy ($29.95 - http://www.backupbuddy.com/ib/prod_i...y_details.html ). Not only does this utility place a conversion button on Word's toolbar, but you can choose the optimal way to perform the conversion (which depends on the DOC reader that you are using). It also performs similar automatic conversions for Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat, but the results are not of the same quality as what you can get out of Word.

    For a reader, you can also search this forum for the numerous threads that cover this topic. If you are willing to pay for a reader, iSilo ( http://www.isilo.com/ ) includes a free conversion utility that does a superb job of converting HTML to DOC (which also produces the best looking output from Word). For example, you can paste a URL into iSiloWeb (the PC-based conversion utility), push a button, sync, and read the iSilo file - complete with working hyperlinks and basic formatting. In addition, InstallBuddy includes a plug-in that automates and optimizes the conversion from Word to iSilo.

    For occasional use or to just test the water, I'd start with the free stuff. Why? Some folk never get comfortable reading on a Visor, but then there are those of us who prefer reading on our Visors - even over a beautifully typeset magazine or book. You should determine where your comfort level is before you spend any $$. One more point, DOC readers are alot like shoes, nothing qualifies as the best solution for all uses or for all users all the time. This is one of those times where you really should try as many applications as you can.

    [This message has been edited by yucca (edited 07-03-2000).]

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