Google docs is a pretty solid online based documents suite that offers a robust feature set. Recently Google added free and paid storage to this suite, and is continually adding new services and features to their MS Office alternative. Yesterday Google announced the new Google Docs foundation, including a new preview of the new Google Docs editor, Spreadsheet editor, and an all new Drawings editor.
The new foundation promises greater flexibility, performance, and an overall better platform for development. These new features are now available on the documents site by clicking the “new version” link in spreadsheets and for documents by changing to the “new versions” selection in the settings tab. Google docs is an already great online suit only to get better as browsers improve new features arrive. The new versions are not yet available offline, but Google states that they will be in the future.
Heres a summary of the new features from the Official Docs blog:
A better document editor
We’ve brought the responsive, real-time editing experience you’ve come to expect from our spreadsheets over to documents, which means you can now see character-by-character changes as other collaborators make edits. We also added another popular feature from spreadsheets: sidebar chat, so you can discuss documents as you work on them with colleagues.
The new technical foundation also helped us improve document formatting, which means better import/export fidelity, a revamped comment system, real margins and tab stops, and improved image layout within documents. These improvements have been highly requested, but previously impossible to create with the older documents editor on older browsers.
A faster spreadsheet editor
With the new spreadsheets editor, you’ll see significant speed and performance improvements — spreadsheets load faster, are more responsive and scroll more seamlessly. We’ve also added a host of often requested features, like a formula bar for cell editing, auto-complete, drag and drop columns, and simpler navigation between sheets. And as always, real-time collaboration in spreadsheets is easy with sidebar chat and the ability to see which cell each person is editing.
A new collaborative drawing editor
In the year since we launched the Insert drawing tool, we’ve received many requests for the ability to collaborate on drawings and make them accessible directly from the docs list. The new standalone drawings editor lets you collaborate in real time on flow charts, designs, diagrams and other fun or business graphics. Copy these drawings into documents, spreadsheets and presentations using the web clipboard, or share and publish drawings just like other Google Docs.
I am an avid user of most Google cloud based services and am quite happy with most of them. The calendar is probably my favorite Google app so far. I use it every day at home and work, share it with family and friends, and of course sync it up to my phone. I highly recommend Google docs and apps for the easy interface, mobile synchronization, and simple sharing. The best part about Google apps is that they are free.
via Google Docs Blog