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Old 04-01-2008, 04:53 AM   #1
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Has anyone made use of Google Docs? I saw a brief news item on it, and then checked it out somewhat online, by searching on Google Docs.

Of course, you have to sign up with Google to use it, so I am not sure how much email or advertising that involves. Comments?
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I thought just about everybody had a Google account? What email or advertising? There is only the usual adwords on the Google account pages, certainly not added to the docs, which can be Word docs, Excel files or PowerPoint files. I have used this service for nearly 2 years, ever since it was introduced, where collaboration with others is needed. You can invite as many Google account holders as you like to edit/contribute to a file. The advantage is that unless you download the files you are always using Google's bandwidth.

One of my daughters used to use GDocs for schoolwork because she could access the essays from wherever she had access to a web browser. Now she carries it all with her on a laptop which is more risky as there is usually no recent backup...

Even if you don't use GDocs, a Google account gives you access to Webmaster Tools, Analytics etc.

   
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I forgot to add that there is a beta system for downloading & editing the docs off-line as well as on-line, using a cutdown version of the editor powered by Google Gears. As soon as you log back into GDocs the edits are transfered to the on-line file.

   
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:42 AM   #4
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I thought just about everybody had a Google account? What email or advertising? There is only the usual adwords on the Google account pages, certainly not added to the docs, which can be Word docs, Excel files or PowerPoint files. I have used this service for nearly 2 years, ever since it was introduced, where collaboration with others is needed. You can invite as many Google account holders as you like to edit/contribute to a file. The advantage is that unless you download the files you are always using Google's bandwidth.

One of my daughters used to use GDocs for schoolwork because she could access the essays from wherever she had access to a web browser. Now she carries it all with her on a laptop which is more risky as there is usually no recent backup...

Even if you don't use GDocs, a Google account gives you access to Webmaster Tools, Analytics etc.
My wife has a Yahoo! account. She seems to get a great deal more SPAM and see a great deal more in ads than I ever do, but I will take your word and that of other forum members and go ahead with a Gmail account.

It is easy to be signed up for far too many kinds of accounts these days, so I have become cautious about adding more. I do have two email accounts on Comcast.net to provide as email addresses on new accounts, so I can avoid SPAM on my main account and also more easily see responses on the extra accounts.
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Then you can sign up for a full Google account with webmaster tools etc.

   
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Of course, you have to sign up with Google to use it, so I am not sure how much email or advertising that involves. Comments?
Sign up with Google. It doesn’t hurt, and they don’t pester beyond hosting a few ads at their sites.

Read the TOS to see if they have other practices you do not like. Every “free” service is likely to have something you might want to know about.

   
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dthomsen8: Has anyone made use of Google Docs?
We were just talking about this the other day in the "free or thereabouts creating pdf?" thread.

I've used it to open .doc files I get--I don't have (and will never, ever! have) Word/Office on my system--and as I mentioned in the other thread, I discovered that if you click on the print button, it will create a pdf for you and you can save that to your local harddrive. It came in handy because the .doc file I was opening was actually a gov't form that I need to fill out so the pdf created was perfect for me.

The ads aren't all that intrusive--nothing blinks!

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I've used it to open .doc files I get--I don't have (and will never, ever! have) Word/Office on my system--and as I mentioned in the other thread, I discovered that if you click on the print button, it will create a pdf for you and you can save that to your local harddrive. It came in handy because the .doc file I was opening was actually a gov't form that I need to fill out so the pdf created was perfect for me.

The ads aren't all that intrusive--nothing blinks!
I started using Google Docs for the same reason. And I discovered the PDF creation by accident as you did when I went to print the doc. Overall I have been very pleased with all of Google's goodies. My gmail account has saved my butt a few times when traveling and now I use it all the time. Its little chat feature has come in handy, too.

There was one DOC file my uncle sent me, however, that stumped even Google Docs. I don't know what the heck he did to it. I couldn't read it at all, but his e-mail said it was the text of Obama's "A More Perfect Union" speech so I surfed on out and found it. Then I used it as the basis for my first test Google Doc creation. I 'published' it and it's here. Let's see if it works! Also used it to make a test PDF ... ended up having to make a dedicated version for PDF with smaller images, but it worked well once I'd done that. Fun stuff.

   
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I really intensely dislike gmail--it's soooo damned linear!--but I have to use it when doing my rating work...ugh...'-}}

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Google Documents recently saved my ass when a virus made it so that I can only view my excel documents and I needed to update and send a spreadsheet to my boss. It let me upload it, make the changes that I needed (except for adding hyperlinks) and then send it to him. Its a great resource.

   
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