SurDoc is doing what Adobe has sort of done with its PDF file format, that is making as easy as possible to share formatted documents across computers and mobile devices without losing the formatting. The difference it offers is that you don’t need to mess with any file formating or PDF reader to access the documents — or with all of the vulnerabilities of PDFs. You can just upload text, spreadsheet and presentation files (so Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) to its online service, and share them from there. The service currently offers 10 GB of storage as part of its trial
With SurDoc, you keep your documents in the cloud. You are able to backup all of your Windows PC computers into a single account, enabling global, real-time access to your data.
#1 Easy online backup – SurDoc’s easy-to-use backup software will automatically protect your documents now and every day. Back up all of your files or select folders from an unlimited number of computers into a single account.
#2 View documents anywhere – View documents via any HTML 5-enabled browser, on any device, from anywhere – no app required.
#3 Read every document – regardless of file type. Using VisiDoc technology, the file can always be viewed and the layout of your original document is always preserved.
#4 High fidelity online sharing – Share documents by emailing a link – they will always look just like the original. No more attaching documents, which can be slow to upload and cumbersome to open. No more concerns about opening an attachment that might contain malware or other Trojans.
#5 Safe and secure storage – Information is transferred securely with SSL encryption and stored with AES-128 bit encryption, using an ECC algorithm to protect the encryption key.
SurDoc’s technology is based on UOML, a new document standard whose development was led by company founder Alex Wang, that’s been approved an international information open standards body OASIS. That organization’s members include Google, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, the U.S.Department of Defense and the University of California.
System requirements: it is compatible with any system running Windows XP (or newer) with at least 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of free hard disk space. Recommend using a broadband Internet connection with at least 1 Mbps of bandwidth.
SurDoc currently allows you to annotate documents, although full editing capabilities aren’t in place yet. Future plans include adding complete fidelity for Google Docs, the company’s Peter Junge tells me. Current document formats that can be imported include: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, ODF, PDF, XPS, SVG and HTML.