Google announced a major refresh of Presentations in Google Docs, adding 50 new features, including transitions, animations, new themes, drawings, and rich tables.
"A year and a half ago, we released completely new document, spreadsheet and drawing editors. Google Docs has been picking up speed ever since with more than 60 new features and millions of new users," says software engineer Steven Saviano on the official Google Blog. "Today we’re rounding out the suite by previewing a new version of presentations with faster collaboration and more features."
"Presentations are made to be shared—whether it’s presenting your thesis to your professors or inspiring colleagues at a conference," he adds. "And the best presentations are made together, collaborating with others to build a compelling story that captivates your audience."
With the new version, presentations can be created by more than one person simultaneously, and you can see exactly what others are working on with "presence markers". Teams can edit simultaneously, and there is a revision history feature so you can see who made changes or revert to earlier versions. There is also a built-in chat feature. Are we seeing some Google Wave creep in here?
Google says it's gradually rolling out the new version of Presentations, but you can use it now if you go to Document Settings, click the editing tab, and check the box next to "Create new presentations using the latest version of the presentation editor."
Google says you'll need a "modern browser" if you want to be able to edit with the new version.
Google also says more collaboration features are on the way.