Google is surely prepping up its online collaboration tools to become a formidable force in the cloud computing space. Â Gradually being rolled out today are new versions of its Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Drawings online collaboration tools.
According to Google, the new versions of Â these tools were completely rebuilt to give more flexibility, improved performance and better platform to allow them to develop more features quickly.
So new for Google Docs is a more responsive, real-time editing experience. The same features that Google Spreadsheets has right now which allows you to see character-by-character changes as you edit your documents. A new sidebar chat was also added to let you discuss documents with your colleagues as you work on documents. The new Google Docs architecture also brings forth improved document formatting with better import/export fidelity, revamped comment system, real margins and tab stops and improved image layout within documents.
Google has also enhanced its Spreadsheets tool with speed and performance boosts. It also now features formula for cell editing, auto-complete, drag and drop columns and simpler navigation between sheets.
Finally, Google is also rolling out a new standalone drawings editor that allows you to collaborate in real time on flow charts, designs, diagrams and other fun or business graphics. You can copy these stuff using the web clipboard to docs, spreadsheets and presentations or you can also share and publishe your drawings just like any Google docs files.
To try out these features, simply click on “New Version” at the top of any spreadsheet or go to “Document Settings” page and choose “New version of Google documents.”
Originally posted on April 12, 2010 @ 4:05 pm