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Google integrates Picasa, Google Docs, calendars, etc with Google Sites

For ages people have been wondering when Google was going to roll out the mythical "GDrive" that would allow users to upload files to a Google server and access them from a single place. Well, that still hasn't quite happened yet, because you can't exactly add Google as a shared network drive (without using third party software) and backup your files. But Google rolled out a new feature this...

Google Docs now supports translation into 42 languages

Google has added a "translate document" option to the tools area of Google Docs. This lets you translate the text of any document to 42 languages. You can either replace the original file with the translation or copy the translation to a new document which you can share with collaborators or export as a DOC, HTML, PDF, RTF, TXT, or OpenOffice.org file. You could also use the tool to import...

Google Docs hints at GDrive... maybe

Google has been busy rolling out new features for Google Docs over the past few weeks, including the ability to upload and share document templates with other users. But it's a smaller change which could be even more interesting. Under the sort items by type menu, "PDF" has been replaced with "Files." And that could mean that Google is preparing to let users upload and store other file types...

Google Docs adds support for Word and Excel 2007 documents

Google now lets users import .docx or .xlsx files into Google Docs. In other words, next time someone sends you a document created in Word 2007 you don't need to convert it into a format that your aging copy of Microsoft Word 2000 can handle. You can just load it up in Google Docs and read or edit the document online. This brings the complete list of file formats supported by Google Docs to...

OffiSync mixes Microsoft Office and Google Docs

If you often transfer files back and forth between Microsoft Office apps on your desktop and Google Docs online, OffiSync might be exactly what you need. It pulls Google Docs functionality into Office, letting you save, manage and browse your Google Docs as if they were in a directory on your hard drive. You can also share docs and add collaborators, and send email and notifications, all while...

Holes in the cloud: consultant finds more flaws in Google Docs

Remember the shouting about the Google Docs privacy lapse a few weeks ago? As it turns out, that was just the tip of the iceberg. Security consultant Ade Barkah has found several more gaps, and they're all just as alarming - if not more so. Issue #1 appears right at the top of his blog post: an image that he embedded in an unshared document. Apparently all uploaded images can be accessed directly...

Google Docs adds vector-based diagramming with new drawing tool

The Google team has certainly been busy lately, adding new features to their services and apps on what seems like a daily basis. This morning a new drawing tool became available on Google docs, allowing users to create images in any browser that supports VML and SVG. As mentioned in the Google Docs blog, the tool is based on technology acquired when they purchased Tonic Systems in 2007. From any...

Google stumbles again, accidentally shares docs

Google has confirmed that a TechCrunch tipster was telling the truth: an error indeed caused some users' text documents and presentations to be unintentionally shared with others. According to Google's statement, the glitch affected "less than .05% of documents" and only shared files to people with whom a user (or one of their collaborators) had previously shared another document. Somehow, that's...

Edit Google Docs Spreadsheets on your iPhone

Running a mobile handset with a Webkit-based browser? If so, Google has added some functionality to the Google Docs mobile view just for you. Up until now, the interface has really only be a handy way to view your files on the go. Now, however, you'll be able to perform simple edits on your spreadsheets right from your handset. iPhone, iPod Touch, G1, and Nokia S60 users can all get in on the...

Export a Gmail message to Google Docs

I use a lot of Google services on a day to day basis, including Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs. So I'm always excited when Google announces a new way to make these web apps play well together. Yesterday the company announced a new feature in Gmail Labs that adds a "create a document" link to your email menu. When you open an email and click the document link, the message will be exported...

OpenItOnline for Firefox opens Office, image files with web apps

By now, many of you are probably using web-based office suites like Zoho, Google Docs, or Thinkfree as your primary office applications. If you do and you're a Firefox user as well, you'll probably love the OpenIT Online addon. I mentioned it previously in my list of 14 extremely useful addons, but it's been updated quite a bit since then. When you install the plugin, the configuration wizard...

Gmail gets the Google Docs PDF viewer

Google has long offered Gmail users the ability to open PDF attachments as HTML files without downloading the file and firing up Adobe Acrobat, Foxit or any other PDF viewer. But you lose a lot in the translation when you convert a PDF file to HTML. Now Google has begun allowing users to open PDF files using the Google Docs PDF viewer. That means you can view PDFs sent to your email inbox...

Mount remote storage, use web apps as local apps with Gladinet

Gladinet is a new Windows utility that aims to help bridge the divide between desktop and web-based applications and storage. Here's how it works. You install the free (at least while in Beta) Gladinet utility and select the web based services and applications that you want to access locally. For example, you can mount your Windows Live SkyDrive or Amazon S3 Storage as a local drive that you can...

EtherPad: worth giving up Google Docs for?

Hosting documents online is nothing new, and neither is sharing them for collaboration. Right off the bat, you're probably thinking of Google Docs. I was too, until I found EtherPad. It doesn't beat Google Docs at everything, but it does have advantages, like editing in real time, and using highlighting to distinguish who wrote which text. EtherPad is also faster to set up, since it doesn't...

Zoho: on a roll and not looking back

As usual, TechCrunch makes a good point about Zoho calling their offerings "still a bit all over the place." But the fact that Zoho now has over one million users and just launched Zoho Docs bodes well for the company (and the still-nascent online business suite business at large). Zoho Docs integrates Writer, Sheet and Show, allows some version controls, more organization features and access...