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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides finally embrace iPad split-view

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides finally embrace iPad split-view

Google's Office apps have finally - finally - embraced iOS 9's split-view support, ending one of the most confusing feature hold-outs ever to plague Apple's mobile platform. Split-screen multitasking was one of the most-anticipated aspects of iOS 9, addressing in one fell swoop criticisms that the platform was unsuitable to properly replace a laptop or Windows tablet that had plagued it since the first iPad.

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Google Docs and Sheets get third-party Android add-ons

Google Docs and Sheets get third-party Android add-ons

Google just made Docs and Sheets a bit more attractive with the launch of Android add-ons — that is, third-party tools on Android that add extra functionality to Google’s office software. Assuming you’re viewing a particular document using your Android mobile device (and that you’ve downloaded the appropriate add-on), you could do things like sign a sheet or document using DocuSign, scan a document into Docs using Scanbot, and more.

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Google Docs outline tool parses your docs for fast access

Google Docs outline tool parses your docs for fast access

Google Docs just made life easier for Android and desktop users, adding an outline feature that appears when you're scrolling through a document. The outline tool picks out pertinent sections of your document and takes you straight to them when selected. Also recently added to Google Docs is an EPUB export option, making it easier to export documents directly for ebook readers and ebook platforms.

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Google Docs now offers voice commands for editing, formatting text

Google Docs now offers voice commands for editing, formatting text

Apple's Siri is rumored to be on its way to OS X, but Google now offers some impressive voice input features on the desktop through its Docs software. The company has announced the online-based Docs has been updated with new voice recognition software, going beyond the basic text entry feature introduced last September, and now supporting commands for editing and formatting as well. The only limitation at this point is that you need to be using Docs on Google's Chrome browser.

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Google Docs adds new templates, voice typing, research tool

Google Docs adds new templates, voice typing, research tool

Google had updated Docs with some handy new features that better position it to compete with its biggest competitors while also offering the kind of functionality many users need in such software. This includes fairly robust changes tracking, which allows users to see what changes others have made to a document while you were away, as well as a dictation tool that Google refers to as “voice typing.” Google positions the new features as being particularly handy for the newly restarted school season.

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Google OCR tech now understands over 200 languages

Google OCR tech now understands over 200 languages

Google has been pushing an ambitions scanning project for years in an attempt to get printed books and magazines in digital form where they can be searched. Google has also fought lawsuits alleging that it is violating copyrights by scanning books into digital form. Suits such as those haven't stopped Google from working to scan even more material into digital form and the search giant has announced a significant landmark for its OCR technology.

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Google Docs supports Office file edits in Gmail

Google Docs supports Office file edits in Gmail

Google Drive and Docs are popular, but for the increasingly competitive enterprise space, Office reigns supreme. Until recently, you and your work mates had to make an ad hoc decision to go with Office or Docs, which likely caused some consternation. Even if you all got on the same page, files coming from the outside likely weren’t of the Google Docs variety. They were also likely emailed. To help on both fronts, Google ahs updated Docs routinely, and the latest lets you edit Office files from within Gmail.

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Google Docs, Sheets, Slides changes officially here

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides changes officially here

At Google I/O, some important changes were announced for Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pichai announced the Drive-centric utilities would soon be able to work with any file type. Both viewing and editing were coming to Drive, and now they’re officially here.

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Google makes Docs, Sheets apps available for iOS, Android

Google makes Docs, Sheets apps available for iOS, Android

As many have been doing lately, individual apps that serve a focussed purpose are being split from inclusive services. By splitting services from an OS, a company responsible for them like HTC can update them quicker, making ofr a more nimble and responsive offering. Google has done something very similar today, splitting Sheets and Docs from Drive for mobile devices.

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Google add-ons boost Docs and Sheets in new Word strike

Google add-ons boost Docs and Sheets in new Word strike

Google has integrated add-ons to Google Docs and Sheets, allowing developers to offer new tools to streamline users' workflows such as citing sources, sending customize emails en-masse, and getting feedback from other reviewers. The extras show up in a new "Add-ons" menu in the toolbar, and once each individual one is enabled it's made available across all documents and spreadsheets.

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Gmail adds more quick action buttons to subject lines

Gmail adds more quick action buttons to subject lines

Google today announced its "quick action buttons" for Gmail have expanded to more Google and third-party developers. If you've never seen these, quick action buttons are little grey rectangular buttons that appear inline with subject lines in your inbox which you can click or touch to take some sort of action on the contents. For example, if you get a Google Calendar invite, you can RSVP without ever opening the email.

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Google Drive for Android updates with document scanning

Google Drive for Android updates with document scanning

Google Drive for Android received a big update today with "a clean, simple card-style" layout, as well as the ability to scan documents, receipts, bills, etc. The new feature also comes with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology that will allow you to easily search for said documents later, thanks to the ability for Google Drive to recognize text in a scanned document.

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