Google has fixed a glitch in Docs that triggered panic for some who could no longer access or share files because Google's systems had ruled they violated its terms of service. The problem left affected Google Docs users baffled when attempting to open files only to be told by Google that the item had been "flagged as inappropriate and can no longer be shared". Others were told they couldn't access the file, while some reported deleted files. Around 100 users reported the issue on the Google Docs help forum and for several hours were anxiously awaiting a response and fix from Google. National Geographic reporter Rachel Bale was surprised that her draft of a story about wildlife crime would be locked for a violation of Google's terms of service. After hearing that others experienced the same problem, she figured it was a glitch -- rather than censorship -- but still noted she felt naive for not having considered that sharing drafts with her editor over Google Docs came at the cost of … [Read more...] about Google Docs lockout: It’s fixed, Google says, but users fret over ‘creepy monitoring’
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Since Google Docs officially went out of beta on July 7, 2009, the Web-based office application suite has steadily gone through a series of changes and tweaks.Google has a tendency to add new things to their online apps under the radar, not really hyping them -- unless you are in the habit of checking the Google Docs blog. And it seems as though things are quietly ramping up. That's not surprising, considering the limited launch of Google+, the company's new social networking site, which looks like it's on the way to be heavily associated with Google's other online apps.I have used Google Docs regularly in my everyday work for nearly two years. In fact, I now use it to write all of my assignments (including the words you are reading now) and maintain a few spreadsheets. I don't remember when I last touched an application from desktop office suite such as Microsoft Office or OpenOffice.org.With that in mind, I've taken a look at Google Docs, with a view toward investigating some of the … [Read more...] about Google Docs Reconsidered
Google Docs users are having problems printing, exporting and uploading certain files, the company acknowledged, as it is rolling out a set of upgrades to this hosted office productivity suite.In two separate postings on the official Google Docs Help discussion forum, a Google representative identified as Marie acknowledged the problems on Tuesday.She indicated she would post updates to the issues, but late morning on Wednesday U.S. Eastern Time the problems remained outstanding with no further information on their cause, scope or potential remedy.On Monday, Google announced it would start rolling out to Docs users a series of long-requested enhancements, including the ability to share folders with other users.Also new is uploading multiple items to Docs simultaneously, instead of having to do it one at a time. The Docs user interface also got revamped.Google Docs is a free office productivity suite that has word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. It's also a component … [Read more...] about Bugs Hit Google Docs After Recent Upgrade
In a post on the Company's Google Docs blog, Jennifer Mazzon, Google Docs Product Manager, wrote the following:As we noted in the Google Docs Help Forum yesterday, we've identified and fixed a bug where a very small percentage of users shared some of their documents inadvertently. The inadvertent sharing was limited to people with whom the document owner, or a collaborator with sharing rights, had previously shared a document. The issue affected so few users because it only could have occurred for a very small percentage of documents, and for those documents only when a specific sequence of user actions took place.I applaud Google for notifying its users of the glitch and security implications, but the incident illustrates the significant security hurdles cloud computing platforms must overcome. I'm still leery of trusting a third-party with my private documents. What about you? … [Read more...] about Poll: Does Google Docs’ security glitch make you less likely to store documents in the cloud?
Google Docs Viewer is a useful service that helps you preview Microsoft Office files in the browser itself. The online tool can come handy when you don’t have the Office suite installed on your computer or when you would like to quickly preview the content of an online document without having to download it locally.Office Web Apps, Microsoft’s answer to Google Docs, too offer a similar online document viewer that is superior to Google’s tool as it retains the formatting while rendering the document in the browser.For instance, here’s a standard PowerPoint presentation (PPT) in Google Docs Viewer and the same file rendered inside Office Viewer. Next, compare a slightly-complex Word document (docx) inside Google Viewer and Office Viewer. The latter retains all the styling and even the fonts look sharp there.If you are to open an online document/spreadsheet/presentation inside the Office viewer, all you need to do is append the URL (web address) of that file to … [Read more...] about A Better Alternative to Google Docs Viewer
You have been using Google Docs to create basic documents and spreadsheets but did you know that Google’s cloud-based Office suite can do even more.For instance, you can directly import data from web pages and edit it inside Google Docs. You can translate the text of a cell from one language to another. You can read RSS feeds inside Google Docs. You can even use Google Docs for monitoring web page changes – this is handy for tracking price fluctuations for a product on any shopping website.You don’t have to be a geek nor do you have to write any scripts to do such amazing stuff inside Google Docs. All you need to know is a couple of Google functions – ImportFeed, ImportHTML and ImportXML – and you’ll have a head start. Ready? Today we’ll discuss ImportHTML, a useful Google formula that will help you fetch tables and lists from an external web pages into a Google Sheet.Let’s start with an example. Open a new spreadsheet … [Read more...] about How to Import Web Data into Google Docs
Would you like to receive instant alerts as soon as your website goes down or is inaccessible to users? Would you like to receive these downtime alerts as an email message or text on your mobile phone or both?Most website monitoring services follow the “freemium” model – they have free plans for basic downtime & uptime monitoring of a website but need to pay for unlimited email or SMS alerts. You may also need to upgrade to monitor multiple websites. There’s a good alternate though. You can create your own website monitor that runs on Google servers and sends email alerts or SMS when your website goes down or is up again. It logs everything in a Google Spreadsheet or you can even store the downtime activity inside Google Analytics.How to Setup Website MonitorHere’s how you quickly configure Google Docs to monitor the uptime /downtime of your website. This has to be done just once and the spreadsheet … [Read more...] about How to Monitor your Website’s Uptime with Google Docs