Google Docs Has a New View: "Opened by me"

Apart from the old “Created by me”, “Starred”, “Hidden”, and “Trash”, Google Docs now has another view option: “Opened by me”. It’s not quite clear to me what the option is for, but it could be something to do with shared items. Scratch that; I just looked and it includes all items. It must be designed to help keep track of what you’ve worked on recently. It looks like an interesting little idea, and once that just sort of popped up without warning. I don’t know if I’m the only one out there, but my Docs page has had a…

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Google Docs Reviewed (Long Version)

As a kind of follow-up to my of Google Docs, I’ve decided to write a lengthier review that compares the pros and cons of using Docs versus desktop Word or Writer. Overall, the capabilities of Google Docs are pretty impressive, and it’s sure a far cry from the text-only editors included in MediaWiki, Instiki, TiddlyWiki, etc. Considering that it’s just some lines of JavaScript (OK, a lot of lines…), it can do quite a bit. Supported by the server back-end, Docs can import photos, generate charts, edit tables, and track revisions, not to mention a bunch of other stuff. While…

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More Google Docs Comments

Now that I’ve been using Google Docs for the better part of a week, I must say I’m pretty impressed with its capabilities. I can edit assignments from any computer, have other people review and edit them from anywhere, email directly from the composition window without saving a file to disk, and even edit at the same time as an advanced collaborator. Amazingly, Docs does not support charts, though you can insert them as PNGs exported from Google Spreadsheets, somewhat defeating the convenience. It’s either dummy spreadsheet or Word time for me, because I have an assignment that requires graphs……

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Google Docs Reviewed (Short)

I just completed a first draft of a document using Google Docs, the collaborative editing suite for the Web. I was editing with one other editor, and we were both making some quick changes, but Docs managed to keep up with 99% of them, only occasionally displaying a conflict notice. The system is pretty sturdy, and it tells you who’s editing with you, something MediaWiki won’t do (at least, not without an extension). The formatting options aren’t so great, but the suite is still in development, so such things are to be expected. Right now it won’t replace Microsoft Word…

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