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New Google Docs App: Create Docs From Photo

Posted by in Google Docs on July 9th, 2011 | 1 Comment

I was browsing around the Google Docs blog to see if Google might have anything to say about the possibility of being able to edit Microsoft Word files directly in Google Docs. I was really hoping for some Microsoft Word functionality within Google Docs with the arrival of the Chromebook.  Unfortunately, I did not come across any information about that topic, but I did stumble upon some very neat features that have been added to Google Docs.

The last features that I am really fond of are the ability to now upload entire folders, drag-and-drop files for uploading, and pagination.

With the new Google Docs Android app, you’re now able to take a picture with your phone and have the text in the photo …

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Automatically Sync Microsoft Office With Google Docs

Posted by in Google Docs on March 5th, 2011 | Comment »

Google Cloud ConnectUnfortunately, I still have to do a lot of work in Microsoft Office since I use a lot of custom headers, footers, and tables of contents. However, I still want the ability to always be able to access my documents from anywhere and have them backed up, which is why I store my documents in Google Docs. I previously used the OffiSync plugin to backup and sync my documents in Microsoft Office. The annoying part was not only saving the file to your hard drive but then having to open the tab in Microsoft Office to store a copy in Google Docs.

I always wished that OffiSync would be able to automatically sync my documents. Fortunately, Google Apps recently released the Google Cloud Connect Plugin

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When will more Google Docs storage be available for Google Apps users?

Posted by in Google Docs on February 4th, 2011 | Comment »

Google Apps users upgrade Google Docs StorageA lot of Google Apps users have been frustrated by the fact that they cannot upgrade their Google Docs storage from the 1 GB of space that each user is given. For users who use their personal Gmail account for Google Docs, they can upgrade their storage to as much as 16 TB and the prices are very affordable (20 GB is just $5 per year). All that has to be done to upgrade is going into Google Docs then Settings > Documents Settings and clicking Upgrade Storage. However, this feature to upgrade is not be available for Google Apps users, it’s just for personal Google accounts.

All across the Google Apps forums, users have been asking Google when they will be able to upgrade …

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Google Docs Gets New Look

Posted by in Google Docs on February 3rd, 2011 | Comment »

Google Docs revealed its new look to users yesterday. There are some things that I like and some things that I don’t like about it.

The purpose of the move was to improve organization by adding filters. For example, you can now filter documents by selecting just documents, just spreadsheets, just presentations, or just PDF files. That is nice.

Google Docs also added the preview pane. The preview pane is pretty useless for documents since you can’t see anything, but it’s incredibly useful for videos and pictures. It also has a pane where you can see who the document is shared with and which collection it is filed under.

Google is now referring to folders as “Collections” which is a combination of folders and labels …

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Google Docs Adds Mobile Editing

Posted by in Google Docs on December 6th, 2010 | Comment »

Google Docs Mobile EditingThe main benefit of Google Docs was its ability for users to access their documents from any computer simply by logging in with their username. This especially came in handy when you need to access a document on your mobile phone.  However, documents could only be viewed on your phone and couldn’t be edited, until now. Mobile editing will now work with iPhone and Android devices, as well as the iPad.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt is a huge proponent of the mobile-first philosophy. Schmidt has said that Google’s focus will be on the mobile web. In order to follow through with that vision, Google Docs has added mobile editing, which can update documents with collaborators working on the document in real time.

Here is a …

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FAQ: Can you upgrade Google Docs storage?

Posted by in Google Docs on September 3rd, 2010 | Comment »

Upgrade Google Docs StorageI love storing all of my files in Google Docs because I can access them anywhere regardless of where I am or which computer I’m using. All client files for my business are stored right in Google Docs and I frequently store PDFs, which end up taking up a lot of storage space. None of your Google Docs file formats count against the 1 GB of space that Google grants to you for free, but if you’re storing PDFs and other file formats, these PDFs end up eating up a lot of storage space.

Many people have asked me whether they can expand the 1 GB of space that’s allowed in Google Docs. If you want to expand the amount of storage you have, you’re …

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Three New Google Docs Features

Posted by in Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets on August 20th, 2010 | Comment »

New Google Docs FeaturesGoogle Docs recently rolled out three new features into Google Docs.

The first feature is auto-linking of items that are recognized as web addresses, which can also be disabled for those who do not want their documents to contain links.

Google has also added more page sizes to their print options for those are printing on paper other than standard letter size (8.5″x11″) such as legal-sized paper (8.5″x14″) or executive-sized paper (7.25″x10.5″).

Lastly, spellcheck has been added to Google Spreadsheet.…

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How To Backup Your Google Docs Files

Posted by in Google Docs on July 5th, 2010 | Comment »

Google Docs BackupOne common question I get from customers looking to begin using Google Docs is whether you have the ability to backup your documents. Since cloud-based storage is a novel concept, there are still some people who are hesitant about using Google Docs because they like the fact that their files are stored on their local PC, which they have control over.

I think the concern should be the opposite since your files are safer in the cloud than your local PC. Not only is your PC more susceptible to be hacked than your Google Docs account, but computer crashes happen all of the time. In fact, I lost three years worth of college documents because my computer crashed on me. If I would have …

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Convert PDFs To Text With Google Docs

Posted by in Google Docs on June 24th, 2010 | 4 Comments

PDF to Text With Google DocsI deal with PDFs all of the time and a common frustration with using PDFs is the inability to copy-and-paste. There are tons of PDF-to-Word conversion websites out there, but I’ve tried two of them and neither of them worked. The one website was supposed to email me my converted PDF to my email address, but completely failed to do so. The other website simply inserted my PDF into a RTF file without converting it to text.

I’m glad to finally see PDF-to-text functionality built right into Google Docs and it works pretty well. Google Docs can now convert the text of PDFs and even images in GIF, PNG, or JPG format thanks to Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. It’s not 100% flawless, but you’re …

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Overview of Google Docs New Sharing Features

Posted by in Google Docs on June 21st, 2010 | Comment »

Google modified their sharing features in Google Docs. Google has always allowed you to share your documents with others so multiple people can collaborate on documents in real time, but now Google has added two additional features. Prior to this update, Google Docs users were limited to sharing their documents with others only by adding their email address and a sign in was required to access the document. With the new Google Docs sharing features, signing in is no longer required.

You can now publish your documents on the web so your documents appear in search engine results. You can also share your documents with only those who know the link if you don’t want to make their document publicly available, but still want to …

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