The entire world is headed for the clouds, and you should be, too. The use of cloud-based storage services makes life so much easier. You can share files across any distance, work on files from any device, and save all those files in the metaphorical space above your head instead of on your hard drive. Of course, the reality is a little different. Undeniably Google Docs has facilitated business for myriads of people, but what if you don't have access to Wi-Fi? If you're on vacation in Bora Bora and the internet connection is unbearably slow, what can you do? Are your documents truly private? Let's take a look at Google Docs, how to use Google Docs offline, and how well it works.What Is Google Docs and How Does It Work?A free, web-based app from the Google company, this program lets you create documents and spreadsheets that are stored online. These files can then be accessed by anyone with whom you want to share them, provided they have an internet connection and a web browser. You … [Read more...] about How To Use Google Docs Off-line: How Does It Work?
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If you like to keep a copy of images, PDFs, or other documents that you find on the Web, this trick is for you. Rather than having these files clutter up your desktop or other folders, you can import them directly into your Google Docs account to view at a later time. First, though, make sure the file type is supported by Google Docs. If you're not sure about a file type, check this list, and then follow these steps: Step 1: Go to the page that has a link for the file you want to save in Google Docs. You can go directly to the link and then copy it, or you can right click the link and choose "Copy link address." Step 2: Open Google Docs (in a new tab if you like), and then click on the Upload menu on the left. Step 3: Select "Files..." from the menu and then paste the link for the file you want to upload into the "File name" box. Next, press "Open." Step 4: Determine what kind of formatting conversions are necessary for the file type you are uploading. Step 5: The new file will appear … [Read more...] about How to import files to Google Docs from the Web
Google announced at its annual developer conference Thursday that it's bringing Google Drive to iOS devices. Google Drive was released soon after the announcement. It's a free and universal app, designed for both the iPhone and iPad. I've been waiting for Google Drive (and Google Docs before that) to come to the iPhone for a while now. Many times when I'm in the grocery store, I wish I could quickly access one of the many recipes I keep in Google Drive. While Google Drive for iOS fulfills this need of quickly accessing a document to view, I was shocked to discover that the app forces me out to Safari in order to edit. But I'm getting ahead of myself; let's take a look at the app from the start. After launching the app for the first time and logging in with your Google credentials, you'll arrive at the home screen, which features five items: My Drive, Shared with me, Starred, Recent, and Offline. Two buttons sit in the bottom corners: Refresh and Settings. Tap on My Drive and you'll … [Read more...] about Getting started with Google Docs for iOS
Google said Tuesday that it has added OCR technology to Google Docs, allowing PDF documents to be uploaded, virtually scanned, and the contents saved as a document file.In a blog post, Google said that it took the OCR technology from its Google Books project."The original images will be included in the new document to make it easier for you to correct mistakes," Jaron Schaeffer, a Google engineer, wrote in the post. "Supported languages include English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, with more languages and character sets on their way. We're looking forward to get feedback from you while we keep improving the feature over the next months." … [Read more...] about Google Can ‘Scan’ Uploaded PDFs into Google Docs
Rather than having to download a video and watch it in a separate player, you can now stream a video within your browser. But to do so, you'll need Flash installed in your device. To begin, upload a video of up to 1GB to Google Docs in one of the following formats: Google's WebM (Vp8 codec and Vorbis Audio codec), .Mpeg4, 3GPP, MOV, .AVI, .MPEGPS, .WMV and .FLV. The maximum resolution for optimal playback is 1920x1080. Once you've uploaded your video, simply click on the file from your Documents list and it will start streaming in the Google Docs Video Player. Over at the Google Docs Blog, software engineer Patrick Lacz asked users to be patient with newly uploaded videos as they "may take some time to process before they are available for viewing." Furthermore, he warned, some videos uploaded last year have yet to be processed for viewing. … [Read more...] about Google Docs Adds Video Player