I use my smartphone for more than just phone calls and data is king on my devices. Today Google rolled out support for editing Google Docs on the go through your smartphone. You simply point your browser to docs.google.com on a supported device (Android with 2.2 and iOS 3.0+) and select the document you wish to edit. The video below shows how it works. Google also pointed out in their post that they supported spreadsheets from your mobile browser way back in 2009. … [Read more...] about Google rolls out Google Docs editing support for Android and iOS
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Google is developing a way for Microsoft Office users to edit documents collaboratively without using Microsoft's Sharepoint collaboration server. It also has plans to extend the ability to edit Google Docs documents to mobile phones and iPads too.The move further blurs the line between Google's Web-client approach to document editing, and Microsoft's traditional desktop application. While Microsoft continues to develop its desktop applications, it also launched a Web-app version of its Office suite in June. Now Google is taking the battle for business apps back onto Microsoft's home turf by developing a "ribbon" for Office that links the application to Google Docs online storage and collaboration tools.Google's DocVerse ribbon allows Office users to save their documents directly to Google Docs, to track multiple revisions of a document and to collaborate on a document with other users of DocVerse and Office, seeing one another's changes in real time. Google acquired the company behind … [Read more...] about Google Demos Editing of Google Docs in Microsoft Office
Google is developing a way for Microsoft Office users to edit documents collaboratively without using Microsoft's Sharepoint collaboration server. It also has plans to extend the ability to edit Google Docs documents to mobile phones and iPads too.The move further blurs the line between Google's Web-client approach to document editing, and Microsoft's traditional desktop application. While Microsoft continues to develop its desktop applications, it also launched a Web-app version of its Office suite in June. Now Google is taking the battle for business apps back onto Microsoft's home turf by developing a "ribbon" for Office that links the application to Google Docs online storage and collaboration tools. [ InfoWorld's Neil McAllister called Microsoft Office Web Apps "limited, mediocre, dismal." | Get familiar fast with Office 2010's key applications -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook -- with InfoWorld's set of Office 2010 QuickStart PDF guides. | Keep up on key business … [Read more...] about Google links Microsoft Office editing to Google Docs
If a company has more than one employee, chances are they're collaborating on something. Typically, they e-mail documents back and forth. The more employees involved, the more documents they exchange, and the harder it is to incorporate all the changes. Even worse, the potential exists for someone's edits and comments to get lost in the shuffle.The Microsoft shop big enough to deploy SharePoint doesn't need help. Still, even small businesses have choices, such as Microsoft Office Groove and Office Live Small Business. Beyond what Microsoft offers, there's also Google Docs, a Web-based office suite that allows you to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Users share the documents with one another and decide who can view and edit. Google Docs' features are impressive:Users can view and edit a document simultaneously.Users can see other viewers as they edit.Users can make comments rather than edit content directly.Google maintains a copy of each revision and users … [Read more...] about Do you ever recommend Google Docs to smaller clients?
#iPadOnly, a book by Augusto Pinaud andMichael Sliwinski. The authors share their experience using an iPad as aprimary computing device. They mention plenty of software and accessories, butI really like what they have to say about workflow:"On a traditional computer you write the email messagefirst and then attach your document. The iPad works differently. You begin withthe 'attachment' and later write your email. Sounds trivial, but it's an entireparadigm shift."It seems to me that's reallythe big shift underway. Mobile devices enable new workflows.Most apps on mobile devices don't work the same way asinstalled apps on desktops. Fluent users of traditional desktop apps may findmobile apps limiting. People who start "smartphone first" might findmost browser and desktop apps equally foreign. What a desktop user sees as a deficiency, a mobile usermight view as an asset. The differences may be a matter of perspective. Desktop user: "Youcan't run two apps at once" Mobile user: … [Read more...] about Mobile or desktop know how to comment on a Google Doc
Thanks to the cloud, you can access your documents and work from anywhere. A variety of cloud-connected office packages are now available, allowing users to view and edit their documents, spreadsheets and presentations from any computer or mobile device. That includes the newly updated iWork productivity suite from Apple, which debuted Oct. 22. Like its main competitors, Microsoft Office and Google Docs, the new iWork for iCloud suite features full cloud integration. But how does the new iWork stack up against Office 365, the subscription-based, Web-ready version of Microsoft's productivity programs? And how does the free Google Docs office suite fare in this matchup? To help you pick the right software for your small business, we've put together this head-to-head comparison pitting iWork for iCloud against Office 365 and Google Docs. iWork for iCloud: The iWork for iCloud suite includes the Pages word processor, Numbers spreadsheet editor and Keynote presentation maker. Notably, iWork … [Read more...] about iWork for iCloud vs. Office 365 vs. Google Docs: Which Cloud Productivity Suite Wins?
Google Docs has long allowed users to publish their spreadsheets on the web as HTML web pages but now you can also publish spreadsheet data as downloadable PDF or Excel files.That means anyone one can download your public spreadsheets from Google Docs servers directly in PDF or Excel format without having to open the corresponding document in Google Docs or another Office application. Related: Google Docs Guide at Digital InspirationYou may either publish your entire spreadsheet on the web or just a portion of data (e.g. cells B2 to C9 will be represented as B2:C9). To see this in action, download this PDF (that contains the full sheet) and then check this HTML page that has only a portion of data.You may ask how is this any different from manually uploading a PDF version of the Excel spreadsheet on a website?Well, the advantage here is that the PDF conversion happens in real-time so people who download your spreadsheets from Google servers in PDF format will always get the latest copy … [Read more...] about Publish Spreadsheets in Google Docs Directly as PDF or Excel Files
If you spend most of your day inside Microsoft Outlook and also use Google Docs for storing documents and other files online, here’s a free Outlook plug-in that will let you manage your Google Docs account right from your favorite email client.The plug-in, called Harmony for Google Docs, adds a sidebar to your Outlook so you can access your online documents from virtually any Outlook screen.When you send an email message that contains attachments, Harmony will ask if you want to upload the attachments to Google Docs and instead send links of the uploaded files to the recipient.There’s more. You can drag-n-drop files from the desktop into Outlook sidebar and they’ll immediately get uploaded to your Google Docs account. If you are reading an email inside Outlook, you can drag the file attachments from that email into the sidebar and they’ll be uploaded as well.Alternatively, if you want to download one or more Google Documents from the cloud to your local … [Read more...] about Manage Google Docs from Microsoft Outlook
Would you like to send a confidential note to a friend that self-destructs after it has been read so that no one else (including your friend) can ever see that secret note again? Maybe it has a password that shouldn’t be stored anywhere. Or you are worried that the private note can get leaked online.There are web apps – like Burn Note and Privnote – that offer an easy solution. They essentially create a temporary web page that auto-expires after it has been viewed once. Dashlane is another app also lets you send encrypted notes from the desktop and the recipient gets 30 minutes of reading time after which the note will vanish forever.Alternatively, you can even use Google Docs to send secret, self-destructing messages to anyone in few easy steps. Here’s a quick video demo:It takes a minute to convert a Google Docs sheet into a self-destructing one.Click here to make a copy of the Google sheet in your own account. Once the sheet is … [Read more...] about Send Self-Destructing Messages with Google Docs
You have been using Google Docs to create basic documents and spreadsheets but did you know that Google’s cloud-based Office suite can do even more.For instance, you can directly import data from web pages and edit it inside Google Docs. You can translate the text of a cell from one language to another. You can read RSS feeds inside Google Docs. You can even use Google Docs for monitoring web page changes – this is handy for tracking price fluctuations for a product on any shopping website.You don’t have to be a geek nor do you have to write any scripts to do such amazing stuff inside Google Docs. All you need to know is a couple of Google functions – ImportFeed, ImportHTML and ImportXML – and you’ll have a head start. Ready? Today we’ll discuss ImportHTML, a useful Google formula that will help you fetch tables and lists from an external web pages into a Google Sheet.Let’s start with an example. Open a new spreadsheet … [Read more...] about How to Import Web Data into Google Docs