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Google Labs Adds Wp To Its Beta Spreadsheet

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#1 jgweed


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Posted 13 October 2006 - 11:23 AM

Google has now added its word processor to its on-line spreadsheet application. As with Google Beta releases, the basic functionality is reliable and stable, but more experienced users of either kind of application will find many features still lacking.

[quote name='"http://docs.google.com/"']With Google Docs & Spreadsheets, you can:

* Use our online editor to format documents, spell-check and more.
* Upload Word documents, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML or text.
* Download documents to your desktop as Word, PDF and more.
* View your documents' revision history and roll back to any version.

Plus, since its online, you can:

* Invite others to share your documents by e-mail address.
* Edit documents online with whomever you choose.
* Publish documents online to the world, or to just who you choose.
* Post your documents to your blog.[/quote]

Supported browsers, however, do not include Opera.

Some first impressions:
1. Documentation is just adequate, so some experience using a spreadsheet or word processor is needed. User forums are very helpful, but unorganized; be prepared to do a lot of searching for "how-to" information.
2. The WP seems to have more needed features than the spreadsheet, but Google has listened to its beta users and has recently added many frequently-requested features to the latter (it's been available for a month or so, while the WP is just up and running. Google bought Writely, so it should be better than the spreadsheet).
3. Since Google stores everything it sees "somewhere" on its huge nest of servers---even when deleted--- I have privacy concerns for data, and would not advise using these for anything of a confidential nature.
4. I have not tried the collaborative functionity, but it is certainly interesting for the possibilities it opens up for many people and organisations (clubs, for example).
5. Work may be downloaded and kept on your own hard-drive, either as a PDF, OO.o, or Office file type, or uploaded to their servers.
6. Since this is a Beta release, I would be extremely careful about using it for "mission critical" efforts.


(Look under "communicate, show & share" if you are interested)

Edited by jgweed, 13 October 2006 - 11:27 AM.

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one should be silent.

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