Thread Subject: Google Docs and Spreadsheets
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From: Jim Tobias
Date: Thu, Oct 12 2006 5:25 AM
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As I've mentioned, there's reason to pay attention to Google's re-issue of
Writely under their own brand. Here's an article from Office Watch:
6. GOOGLE DOCS IS HERE
* See this article online at: http://news.office-watch.com?32
Google has bundled their acquisition of Writely and their own Google
Spreadsheets into a single package known as Google Docs and Spreadsheets.
If you were trying out Writely or Google Spreadsheet go to
http://docs.google.com and you'll go through a few simple steps to move
across to the new platform. That includes moving your Writely documents
Otherwise it appears that anyone can sign up for the new service from
With this service you can create documents or worksheets online and save
them either in a private storage space on Google's servers or on your own
You get the basic formatting options like bulleted lists, fonts plus sorting
by columns and Excel compatible formulas.
The really big deal is that several people can work on the same document or
worksheet at the same time - with edits showing up in real time. There is
also a chat / IM feature so you can have a side-conversation while working
on a document.
You can also permit people 'read only' access so they can see a document or
worksheet online but not change it.
The document formats supported are the current MS Office formats (.doc .xls
etc) and also the OpenDoc formats (.odt .ods etc). Interestingly you can
also save in PDF format as well as HTML web pages.
The HTML option means you can create web pages via Google Docs to be viewed
as standard web pages. Blogs are also supported with special features to
let you write a blog then post it to your site.
See http://news.office-watch.com?28 for more on OpenDoc.
There is also a useful option to save as ZIP, which will be good to save
space and also reduce transfer time for bigger files.
Files less than 500k can be imported in HTML, plain text, .doc or .rtf
formats. Note: .xls is NOT listed as an importable format.
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