Google Introduces New Drawing and Form Features for Docs

Easier Flowcharts, More Form Options

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Google has launched some new features for Google Docs. They have made a couple improvements to drawings and added several new features to Forms.

As far as drawings, Google has made it easier for users to build flowcharts, by adding 20 new shapes for standard flowchart components. In addition, users now have more control over drawing text layout by supporting explicit line breaks in text boxes and text within shapes. The features can be accessed, by simply inserting a drawing into any document, spreadsheet, or presentation.

Google Docs Flowchart

As far as forms, you can now gather responses for a group of similar questions in a new, compact grid format. The Grid question type lets users label several columns and create a limitless number of new rows. Row results appear in their own spreadsheet columns with their own summary charts.

New Form Features

The summary charts themselves actually have new formatting as well:


The form editor supports right-to-left text input now. "When you enter RTL text in the form editor, it will automatically switch the directionality of the form editor and rendered forms (similar to Gmail and other Google Apps)," explains User Interface Software Engineer Eric Bogs on the Google Docs blog. "This means your text and questions will flip directionality, making it easier for RTL users to create and use forms."

Right to Left

Google Apps customers have two options for using forms within their organizations now. They can automatically collect respondents’ usernames as usual, and they can also now require sign-in to view a form.

Google Introduces New Drawing and Form Features for Docs
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  • http://www.homesolarpowersystems.org Home Solar Power Systems

    The features looks great espesially the support for right-to-left languages in forms, and a new color scheme for the forms summary etc…

    • http://www.marketappeal.co.uk/ Guest

      A thank you page would also be good so that one can track conversions in AdWords and goal in Analytics.

      I wish Google had thought of this!

  • http://www.seoprojects.org Webmaster

    I agree, you can add GA to your Google Apps account but thank you pages could be useful and make their Form a possible replacement for expensive campaign landing pages.

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