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Google Spreadsheets gains filtering, one more reason not to use Excel

Toying with spreadsheets is just about the most mundane office work you can possibly do these days, and it's a world that is dominated by Microsoft Excel. Google's fairly basic offering, Spreadsheets, has just been bestowed with yet another reason to eschew Excel: Filtering. Filtering allows you to instantly deep dive into both large or small amounts of data in ways which would take hours if...

Google Drawings gets revisions, presence, and format painter tool

Google Drawings has just been updated to bring it into line with the rest of the Google Docs suite. The update includes revision history, which lets you see who added what and when, with the same interface used in both Documents and Spreadsheets. Presence indication has been added too, with shapes highlighted with a color linked to the current user. It mimics the text colors used to highlight...

Google Docs overhauls comments with more context and email notifications

Google Docs has received a few new features today, centered around comments -- or 'discussions' as Google likes to call them. The aim is to make discussions about any particular document easier to create, manage and follow. Timestamps and profile pictures are now added to each discussion thread, making it easier to see who made a comment and when. You can also 'resolve' any individual comment,...

Google Docs gains mobile editing in 44 new languages, plus extended Spreadsheet printing

Google rolled out mobile Docs editing in English last November, but now if you happen to speak one of the 44 languages that aren't English, you too can get in on the on-the-go Docs editing fun. The extended language support has been rolled out for docs.google.com on devices sporting Android 2.2 Froyo or above, and iOS devices running 3.0 or newer, including the iPad. Spreadsheets have also...

Google Docs OCR adds support for 29 additional languages

Google Docs introduced its OCR feature last year, and its addition was a welcome one for anyone who uploads photgraphed or scanned documents like receipts, faxes, or other dead-tree materials. Now, Google has announced that OCR support is being expanded beyond the original five languages -- English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish -- to a whopping 34 in total. The official post also...

Google Docs spreadsheets gains hidden grid lines

Google Docs spreadsheets has just gained the ability to hide grid lines. The much requested feature allows you to hide the default spreadsheet grid lines via a 'View' menu option. It's on a sheet-by-sheet basis and essentially allows you to create clean tables or forms showing only user-created grid lines and boarders; perfect for creating basic Web forms or printing out tables. So next time...

Google Docs update brings Collections, Priority Sort, and file previews

Your Google Docs dashboard just got a whole lot easier to use, thanks to a slew of new features. The update includes additional filtering options and Priority Sort -- sort of the Google Docs equivalent of Gmail's Priority Inbox. Priority Sort uses a number of signals to determine which files require your immediate attention. Folders have been replaced by Collections, which are a mashup of both...

Google Docs gets starring while editing, Justify setting in the toolbar, better sharing invites

Google Docs has received three updates over the past few days. They are all rather minor in the grand scheme of things, but it's entirely possible that for some users either one could have been the killer feature they've been waiting for. First off, you can now star a document while editing it. A small addition, but a neat one, and one that's sure to save some time for people who need to star...

Docs.com update brings speed, stability, and support for additional languages

Microsoft brought its Office apps to the Web late last year, and the Fuse Labs team has been busily working to improve the suite ever since. Today, a backend update has brought more stability, increased speed, and support for more languages. Docs.com now supports 30 languages in total -- all of which are supported by the built-in spellchecker. Ambitious polyglots will be excited to know that the...

Google Docs to get audio playback, playlists and preview pane

Some recently discovered code in Google Docs suggests that add an audio player with playlist management will be added to the service, as well as a preview pane that will let users quickly preview files without opening them. The code has been posted on Google Operating System, and it contains references to "previewpane," "mediapreview-audioplayer," and "addtomediaqueue." From the looks of it, the...

Google Docs now lets you stream video files you upload

Google has just snuck a rather slick feature into Docs which you might not have noticed. You could already play audio files you had uploaded to your Google Docs storage, but now you can play video files as well. Google's player supports a number of different formats, including its own WebM/VP8, MPEG4, 3GP, MOV, AVI, MPEG, FLV (Flash video), and WMV (Windows Media). The heavy lifting is performed...

Google Docs Spreadsheet gets multi-user revision history

So far, Google Docs has been no match for Excel's raw power. Recent additions such as macro editing and scripting bring it somewhat closer, but it's still an uphill battle for Google. So instead of playing catch-up, they're now giving Spreadsheets users something Office users don't have – multi-user revision history. While Excel does let users track changes, you can't separate the...

Access the desktop version of Google Docs on your iPad

A couple of weeks ago, Google enabled Docs editing on iOS and Android devices through a lightweight, mobile-optimized version. Yesterday the iPad, with its larger screen real estate, got access to the full-blown desktop version of Docs -- there for when the mobile version simply won't cut it. You'll have access to all the formatting features available on the desktop when you need it, as well as...

Google Cloud Picker centralizes access to all your Google uploads

Accessing all the files you've uploaded to various Google services is a bit of a pain at the moment. Wouldn't it be nice if the Big G provided some sort of tool that provided simple, centralized access to everything from your YouTube videos to Picasa Web images? Google thinks so, and that's precisely what Cloud Picker will do once you've got access to it. The image above was shared by a...

HTML5 drag-and-drop upload comes to Google Docs

You've been able to do it for a while now in Gmail, and now drag-and-drop uploading has arrived in Google Docs. If you're running a compatible browser like Chrome, Firefox 3.6+, or Safari 5, adding new files to your Google Docs storage is as easy as sliding them over from your desktop file manager. To use the new drag-and-drop uploader you still need to click through to the Docs upload page....