All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Google Docs’

Mobile Editing In Google Docs Expands To Cover 45 Languages

When Google introduced mobile editing in Google Docs last year, many people applauded.  Lots of people probably didn’t, though, considering the advance was English-only and left out folks all over the world.  Now Google’s addressing that issue with the ability to edit documents in 44 more languages.

Of course, to be honest, this may not yet affect many individuals.  Google Docs has had enough trouble catching on with English-speaking Americans, never mind people who aren’t in the company’s home market.

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Google Docs Converts Images/PDFs Into 29 New Languages

Google has expanded its Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature of Google Docs into 29 new languages. It’s now available in a total of 34 languages. 

This is the technology that analyzes images and PDF files and extracts text and formatting, so you can edit. The feature was introduced last summer. The development of the technology would be aided by scans of ancient texts

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Google Launches Cloud Connect Worldwide

Google has announced the worldwide availability of Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office. The product was first announced in November, spawned from the company’s acquisition of DocVerse, which specialized in real-time sharing and editing of documents. 

Cloud Connect lets Office users automatically sync and backup their documents with Google Doc, so they’re always accessible on the web, and able to be shared with others. 

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Google Docs Viewer Opens Up To 12 More File Types

Starting today, Gmail and Google Docs users should run into many fewer problems when it comes to opening different types of existing files.  Google launched support for 12 new file formats this afternoon, and several of them are pretty common.

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Google Brings Desktop Version Of Docs To iPad

Many people have pointed to the iPad as a replacement for laptops, or at least netbooks.  Google Docs, meanwhile, is supposed to take on programs like Microsoft Word.  And now the two newcomers can work together more effectively, as Google’s moved to bring the desktop version of Google Docs to the iPad.

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Google Cloud Picker Feature Discovered Prematurely

It has been revealed that Google is testing something called "Google Cloud Picker". It’s apparently not something we’re supposed to know about yet. 

According to those who spotted it, it appeared when they tried to insert files and images into Google Sites and Blogger. A screenshot is now making the rounds, showing that it is tied to Picasa, Maps, Google Docs, and YouTube. 

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Google Docs Delves Into Mobile Editing

Perhaps 99 percent of the time, a person’s cell phone is within five feet of him (or her).  Desktops and even laptops are often much more remote.  So businesspeople, students, and writers may owe Google a "thank you" as the company’s taken steps to ensure Google Docs users can edit their documents when all that’s handy is a smartphone or iPad.

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Google Adds Web Font Support to Google Docs

Google announced today that Google Docs now supports web fonts using the Google Font API. To start off, there are six new fonts available.

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Search Across Email and Docs in Gmail

Google released a new Gmail Labs feature today that lets you search across email and Google Docs. If you turn it on and search from the Gmail search box, you will simply get results from both places, when applicable.

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Google Docs Gets New File Conversion Feature

Google has announced a new file conversion feature in Google Docs that lets you convert files that are already uploaded to your document list into a Google Docs format, as opposed to only being able to do so upon upload.

For example, you can convert PDFs to text using Google’s Optical Character Recogniton technology. Files that can be converted include:

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Google Docs Viewer Goes Mobile

Businesspeople are busy people, and with its latest Google Docs upgrade, Google’s tried to take that fact into account.  Now, it should prove much simpler for individuals to read documents when the only screen handy is part of a smartphone or iPad.

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Google Docs Privacy Options Revised

In the wake of privacy uproars about pretty much everything, Google’s taken steps to ensure Google Docs meets the highest possible standards.  This afternoon, the company introduced three easy-to-understand (and easy-to-set) document visibility options.

Here’s the most important thing to know: documents are private by default.  Documents’ visibility settings are now located right next to their titles, too, making them easy to confirm at any point in time.

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Pew Predicts Cloud Computing Dominance By 2020

The term "cloud computing" might well be shortened to just "computing" by the time 2020 rolls around.  The results of Pew’s latest study show that a significant majority of Internet experts believe cloud computing will represent the main way in which people will interact with software at that point.

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Microsoft Office 2010 Now Available. Better Than Google?

Update: Microsoft has now announced the worldwide availability of Office 2010 and Sharepoitn 2010. See all the details here.

Also, Microsoft has a response to Google’s claims here (thanks Pradeep).

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Google Docs Getting A Little More Wave-Like

Google has announced a number of significant changes to Google Docs. In fact, they’re so significant, Google is referring to them as the "next generation of Google Docs." Included, are some Google Wave-like characteristics.

Some new features:

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Google Acquires DocVerse, Takes Aim At MS Office

The acquisitive arm of Google reached out again today, and this time, grabbed DocVerse, a company that specializes in the real-time sharing and editing of documents.  The unusual thing is that DocVerse doesn’t deal with just any documents; instead, it focuses on Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word documents.

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Google Makes Apps Script More Widely Available

Google has launched the Google Apps Script in Google Apps Standard Edition, meaning that it is much more broadly available now. Previously, it was only available in Google Apps Premier and Education editions. It was released back in the summer.

Google Apps Script starts in the spreadsheets of Google Docs. It lets you create sheets to read and change formulas, formats and cell contents, and lets you create custom functions so you can automate repetitive tasks.

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Gmail and Picasa Storage Can Be Used for Any File

Google recently announced that it was launching a new feature for Google Docs, which would allow users to upload and store any kind of file. What may not have been clear, however, is that this new storage from Google isn’t limited to just Google Docs.

The company is saying that Gmail and Picasa storage can also be used. Google Docs Product Marketing Manager Peter Harbison writes:

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Google Docs Delves Into File Storage

An announcement related to data storage and the cloud has come out of Mountain View today, and people who’ve never heard the word "GDrive" may be very impressed by it.  It’s possible that consumers who are familiar with the term will be extremely disappointed, however.

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