SurDoc is doing what Adobe has sort of done with its PDF file format, which is make it 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 company, whose product is live today as a trial, has also let us know that it has raised a $4 million round of funding from IDG Ventures. While the online service currently offers 10 GB of storage as part of its trial, TechCrunch readers can get 20 GB by entering the following code when they sign up: TCLAUNCH.
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.
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.
IDG Ventures is a global network of venture capital funds with approximately $3.7 billion under management and a portfolio of over 220 companies built over the last 15 years. The IDG Ventures network is comprised of six independent partnerships managing funds in North America and Asia. Each partnership makes investments on behalf of its limited partners, including International Data Group (IDG), the world’s largest IT media company. By combining the IDG platform, an unparalleled combination of global publishing, market...