Google announces lots of updates to Google Apps

Google announces lots of updates to Google Apps

Google just announced some great updates to Slides and Docs that add some nice features.

In Slides, you can now add slide numbers to your presentation, which is useful for both presenters and audiences. Just go to Insert>Slide Numbers, from the toolbar. You can apply numbers to all slides, selected slides, and skip title slides.

In Docs you can now adjust the image color and filters, like you can in slides. Select the image, click Image Options in the toolbar, and then under "recolor" you can change the color. Under "adjustments" you can change the transparency, contrast, and brightness of the image. I really like this because now I can do more image edits directly in Docs.

Also in Docs, you can now merge table cells (a feature I use a lot). Simply select the cells in the table, click Table and then Merge Cells.

Most of these features are also available in the right click menu.

It's great to see Google continually improving these products, especially with so many people, teachers and students using Google Apps and Chromebooks.

Google announced two more great updates to their apps:

Google Docs, Slides and Sheets now support 15 new Microsoft Office Formats: dot, dotx, dotm, docm, xlt, xltx, xltm, xlsm, pot, potx, potm, pptm, pps, ppsx, ppsm. This makes Google apps even more useful for more people. I really like the PPS conversion for all of those PowerPoint slide shows I get sent. In addition, there is now better support for charts and SmartArt in Google apps.

The other update is that you can now convert a non-Google file attachment in Gmail to a Drive-friendly version right in Gmail.

These constant updates are great for users.

David Andrade, MS Ed, a former educator, edtech specialist and school district CIO, is the Business Development Manager, Google Services, at CDW•G, a leading provider of integrated information technology solutions. He works with schools and internal teams on services and solutions around their Google environment.