New Google Docs

Google Docs has been improved and is now a very good competitor with the major Offline office suites.

If you are not familiar with what Google Docs are then you are in for a great surprise, especially if you need to share and collaborate Online with colleagues and friends or family. Now you have many features at your disposal to upload, create, edit and share any document from Spreadsheets to Presentations to Word Processed documents and Drawings or Flow Charts etc.

I’ll list some of the features and benefits that make this FREE Service worth using and letting others know about;

  • Upload any file
    Over the next couple of weeks, Google will be  rolling out the ability to upload, store, and share any file in Google Docs, they will be stored in their original format and available for download from anywhere in the world. Uploading files to the cloud allows them to be safely stored and accessible at all times.
  • Bulk upload
    Upload multiple files quickly to your Docs list.
  • Shared folders
    Now you can simultaneously share a group of docs with your friends, coworkers, or family, by sharing an entire folder with them.
  • Export images into .xls files
    Now you can export images from spreadsheets when exporting in .xls format.
  • Email as an attachment
    From the share button you can now email your Google Spreadsheets workbook out directly as an attachment in .xls, .csv, .ods, .pdf and other popular formats. Using the new publishing dialog, it’s easy to get an html snippet, pdf file, or published link.
  • Improved tools
    In documents, they’ve added a margin ruler, better numbering and bullets and easier image placement options document import – real-time editing.
    Collaboration capabilities; support for up to 50 people working together at once – now see other people’s edits as they happen. Collaborate on flow charts, diagrams and other schematics in real time
  • Tables
    You can now add tables to your Google Docs presentations.
  • Presentations
    Automatically cycle through your slides; You can automatically cycle through slides in presentation mode and enable time delay, autostart, and loop.
  • Drawing Editor
    * Edit drawings in real time and invite colleagues, friends and family to view your edits in real time, online.
    * Chat with those who are editing your drawing, with the sidebar chat facility inside the drawing editor.
    * Publish your drawings as images and share or download them in standard formats.
    * Upload shapes, arrows, text, doodles, and images from other online sources or especially your hard drive.
    * Use alignment guides, snap to grid, and auto distribution to lay out drawings precisely how they should be viewed .
    * Insert your drawings or those from other sources into other Google documents, spreadsheets, or presentations using the web clipboard.
  • Import Word 2007 files
    You can now import Word 2007 files (.docx) into Google Docs.
  • Spreadsheets
    A formula editing bar, cell auto-complete, drag-and-drop columns and other features impossible to create with the older documents editor on older browsers — significant speed and performance improvements.

As you can see, Google have made the changes to their applications that really have a Desktop feel to them while being totally online and not using your hard drive to install programs, we will continue to see more and more apps moving online faster and faster as the technology progresses and soon we will hardly have to install any programs on our “machines” and that will go a long way to making everything more streamlined and faster!

You can get all this for free right now simply by going to Google Docs and if you have not for some reason signed-up for an account (FREE) yet, then when would be a good time?

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  3. Online collaborating and teaching can work, If you have trust and the right tools.
    I recently tried http://www.showdocument.com – good app for uploading documents and working on them in real-time.
    Most file types are supported and it needs no installation. – andy

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