Google Docs Spreadsheets Editor Update Adds Collaboration
A year and a half after Google revamped its cloud document, spreadsheet and drawing editors, Google Docs presentations are getting an overhaul with many more features and a focus on collaboration. Now, according to Google, the entire Google Docs suite is built on the same foundation of web technologies.
According to Google’s official blog entry, the new spreadsheets editor brings new features including:
- Transitions to move between slides with simple fades or spicier 3D effects
- Animations to add emphasis or to make your slides more playful
- New themes to create beautiful presentations with distinct visual styles
- Drawings to build new designs, layouts, and flowcharts within a presentation
- Rich tables with merged cells and more options for adding style to your data
As for those collaboration features, Google is highlighting colorful presence markers, the ability for multiple team members to simultaneously edit a single presentation, revision history and a built-in chat feature. In other words, this update brings collaboration feature parity with the other facets of the suite.
The new presentations tool will be rolled out over the next few weeks, in true Google style. To get an early start, choose “Document Settings” from the gear icon on the Google Docs document list and select “Create new presentations using the latest version of the presentation editor” from the editing tab.
It’s worth noting that the new Google Docs is designed for “modern browsers,” meaning that if you’re on older software you’ll be able to view but not edit these presentations. The upside is Google promises this new technology platform will enable faster feature delivery.