Doo: Your Documents on the Go

Document organisation is becoming ever more popular with those wanting to move to a paperless workflow. Whilst apps such as Evernote allows us to keep everything in one place, it’s multipurpose functionality can make it a little bit overwhelming when wanting to organise specific documents.

Doo attempts to be your central location for all your documents, regardless of what popular syncing service they may be stored in, whilst using some iOS-specific features that add to the experience. Unfortunately, the experience is one lacking many things. I test drive Doo for iPad to see what it does, though perhaps more accurately, doesn’t do.

Documents in the Cloud

Doo for iPad provides a unique way of accessing all of your documents that are stored either within one of the many sync services it supports, from Dropbox to SkyDrive. By connecting to your Doo account, you can access all of the documents you’ve set up to sync using the desktop app as well as adding further documents by using the iPad’s camera.

Doo provides access to documents stored within your Doo account and other services.

Doo provides access to documents stored within your Doo account and other services.

Using the App

Upon first using the app, you’re asked to select a sync service that you might like to scan for documents. As soon as you do this, Doo will find all the available documents it can within and import them. If you’ve got a hefty Dropbox account or a rather busy Evernote system already set up, Doo simply drops them all in the main Documents view. With Evernote, at least, stacks and tags are retained as labels, providing at least some organisation.

You can integrate Doo and import specific information from sync services.

You can integrate Doo and import specific information from sync services.

The sidebar provides access to the sync services you’ve connected, filtering results to that particular account. You can also connect further accounts as and when needed.

Doo’s Camera

Doo has a great camera function that lets you snap new images of receipts and other documents that you want to add to your Doo account. The camera feature will automatically find the edges of a receipt you’ve laid out on a table, altering the perspective of the image, if necessary, automatically.

The camera function of Doo is great, providing a really useful way of cropping images before importing.

The camera function of Doo is great, providing a really useful way of cropping images before importing.

This works really well and should it ever be off the mark, you can adjust the area before saving. A small loupe tool appears that makes it easy to find the exact corner so you can be truly accurate with your new documents.

Upon saving, you can enter some information to categorise the document, such as a title and the type of document it is. There’s even a map that is included so you can see where you were when you took the picture.

You can add some basic information to imports from the camera, but it's severely lacking.

You can add some basic information to imports from the camera, but it’s severely lacking.

Unfortunately, that’s where Doo for iPad stops and you can’t add any other useful information, such as labels, categories or notes. All of this is expected to be done on your desktop computer. For many people who spend more time on their iPad than their PC or, even more commonly, don’t have a desktop, it makes Doo rather neutered.

Missing the Mark

Doo for iPad feels almost unfinished and is lacking a great many features that you’d expect from an app that’s aiming to be the way you find and organise documents. There’s no ability to add information to documents, such as labels and notes and you can’t even delete documents either.

You can't make any changes to documents, only viewing information.

You can’t make any changes to documents, only viewing information.

Tapping a document reveals some information about it, such as the labels that are assigned, though you can’t tap the labels to see all documents with that label. You can enter the label’s text into the search box at the top of the list but it seems somewhat bizarre that the label itself isn’t responsive. The most you can do with a document is preview it and then send it to another app.

Perhaps, most annoyingly, is that Doo doesn’t work in landscape, forcing you to only use the app in portrait. I really can’t see how using the app in portrait only is beneficial and the app really, really needs a landscape option.

Doo is an app that's almost crying out for landscape support yet it seems to be, rather bizarrely, missing.

Doo is an app that’s almost crying out for landscape support yet it seems to be, rather bizarrely, missing.

Conclusion

An important factor to consider when using Doo for iPad is that it isn’t designed to be used exclusively. Despite the premise, it’s very much a companion app to a desktop and you really must use their desktop in order to do even some of the more basic organisation.

The camera function to add new documents is fantastic but it’s really the only feature of the app that’s any good. Even as a companion app, you’re limited to viewing and searching, even then the search function could be much improved to take advantage of tapping on labels or being able to delete documents.

If you’re looking for a complete solution for your computer and iPad then Doo is still worth considering, though I’ve used the Mac app and it, too, isn’t great. For anyone using an iPad as their main device then Evernote provides a much better feature set with far fewer quirks.


Summary

A basic companion app to Doo's desktop apps but it's missing far too many features and its lack of landscape support is baffling.

  • Doo 2.1.1  | 
  • Free  | 
  • Doo
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