Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Writely gets makeover - finds spreadsheet twin

Wonder twin powers -- Activate!

Last night, Writely, Google's recently purchased online word processor came together with Google Spreadsheets for a single, more consistent interface that now forms Google Docs and Spreadsheets.

What do you get out of this? The first thing you'll notice is the cosmetics. Writely now looks like other Google products. This means it should be easier to find menu options and generally navigate the screen. Google's about page for the new offering lists the following new benefits:
  • A combined list of documents and spreadsheets

  • A new interface for Google Docs & Spreadsheets

  • A consistent way to share

The combined list will make it easier to find documents that are related to one another. Still Google expects you to use stars and tags to create relevance..

Next question -- Where is Google Presents? (We NEED something like Powerpoint online.)


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At 9:27 AM, Zach said...

Google Office Suite to Have an API

Although Google Docs & Spreadsheets is far from a finished product, Google already thinks about developers and intends to release an API that will increase the value of the tools.

"We definitely want to build out APIs, especially for the spreadsheets side, as spreadsheets are more data-oriented, but maybe also for he word processor. People will be able to do mashups with our tools for other things, and not be stuck behind our dev cycle for everything they want. If I've already got data somewhere you can't really rely on manual cut-and-paste to make it collaborative. Imaging pulling data from any application you've already got in use... you get that data over to the hosted app, make it collaborative, then bring it back... that's what we'd like to enable at some point," said Google product manager, Jonathan Rochelle.

The API could also enable users to synchronize data and use the information from other web applications.

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