21st
DEC

A new breed of Chrome Apps, now available for Mac too.

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under chrome, interesting feature, new feature

A few months ago Google announced Chrome Apps which bring the best of productivity, games and more to your desktop. Starting today, you can access these apps on any computer with Chrome, including Mac. Check them out in the “For your desktop” collection in the Chrome Web Store.

Chrome Apps work offline, update automatically and sync to any computer where you’re signed into Chrome, so you can pick up where you left off. Your Chrome Apps on Mac behave and feel just like native software. For example, you can find your Chrome Apps in the Applications folder on the Dock. Search for apps by name in the Spotlight search—just like any other Mac program that you already use.
To make it even faster to find and launch your favourite Chrome Apps, Google are also releasing the Chrome App Launcher for Mac. Just download a new Chrome App and you’ll see the Chrome App Launcher in your Dock.

We know many of you will be spending time with friends and family this holiday season, so here are a few Chrome Apps to check out:

WeVideo Next makes video editing easy for everyone and accessible from anywhere. You choose the editing mode that suits your level of experience and then trim, adjust, apply themes and publish. And it works offline, so you can get a head start polishing up your family videos on your flight home.

Smartsheet is a project management and collaboration app you can use at work and at home.  Try the dinner planner and holiday card tracker templates to stay organized.

Until AM is a full-fledged DJ setup in a lightweight app. Use the music from the cloud while online or keep the party going with your locally stored songs even when you’re on an unstable internet connection. It’s perfect for hosting that big New Year’s party.

There are many more great Chrome Apps available in the Chrome Web Store. We hope you enjoy them.

19th
DEC

Discovering the different Google products and ways of using them…

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under interesting feature, new feature

tipsAt the University we use 3 main Google products, 2 of which everyone knows about: Gmail and Calendar – but we also offer Google Drive, an on-line file storage and collaboration platform. Google Drive allows you to upload Office documents (or any other file type), and convert them so they become editable by anyone you choose to share them – in real time.

Finding the time to discover Drive, along with the many features of Gmail and Calendar can be difficult in a busy environment like the University which is why Google have developed ‘Google Tips’. Google Tips is a website where you can find different scenarios that lead into how you solve them with the different Google products and features. You can find tips at:

https://www.google.com/get/googletips/

17th
DEC

New Google Sheets: faster, more powerful, and works offline

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under drive, interesting feature, new feature

Whether you’re crunching big data or tracking your team’s budget, you don’t want to waste time waiting for files to load or re-doing edits that were lost because your Internet connection dropped. You can now get more done by switching to the new version of Google Sheets. It’s faster, supports larger spreadsheets, has a number of new features, and works offline.

Bigger, faster spreadsheets

The new Sheets supports millions of cells and kicks many of the old size and complexity limits to the curb. Scrolling, loading and calculation are all snappier, even in more complex spreadsheets.

New features based on your feedback and requests 

Filter views is a new feature unique to Google Sheets that lets you quickly name, save and share different views of your data. This comes in handy when you’re collaborating so you can sort a spreadsheet without affecting how others see it.

Whether you’re new to formulas or a whiz at running complex functions, it’s now easier to set up and perform calculations. New function help and examples guide you as you type, and error highlighting and coloring make it easy to spot and fix mistakes.

As another time-saving improvement, text now automatically flows into empty adjacent cells—no manual merge needed.

With the improved conditional formatting, you can add rules to change the colors and styles of cells in your spreadsheet based on custom formulas.

No internet connection? Work offline with Chrome 

You shouldn’t have to think about whether you have a WiFi connection when you want to work. So just like Google Docs and Slides, you can now make edits to Sheets offline. When you reconnect to the Internet, your edits will automatically sync. If you’ve edited Docs or Slides offline in the past, then you’re already set up to edit Sheets offline. If not, follow these one-time instructions for setting up offline in Chrome.

Ready to try it out? 

Turn on the new Sheets by checking the “Try the new Google Sheets” box in Google Drive settings. From then on, all new spreadsheets you create will work offline and include these new features. We’ll be adding a small list of missing features in the coming months, so if you rely on any of them, you may want to wait a little longer before opting in.

We hope you enjoy these and the many other updates that come along with the new Google Sheets, includingcolored sheet tabscustom number formattingpaste transpose and more.

15th
DEC

Gmail for Android app update rolling out with vacation responder, wider attachment support and more

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under android, gmail, new feature

gmail-logoFor those who use Android devices, you’ll know already that because they are made by the same people who make Google Apps, then it all works that little bit better than it might on other mobile devices.

One feature a lot of our staff have been asking for is the ability to set out of office / vacation replies when you’re actually out of the office. This is coming now in the new version of Gmail for Android, which is rolling out now through the Play store.

Also in this new release are the ability to download almost any attachment (previously, they have been restrictive in what you could download) and the ability to use Cloud printers.

13th
DEC

Send a voicemail from Santa…

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under interesting feature

 

santa

Every year, Google produce a Santa Tracker which is a website where you can track Santa’s progress around the world, utilising the power of Google Earth, Google Maps and Google Streetview to produce a worldwide flying trip. This year, they’ve also produced a website where you make a fun / free voice message, from Santa, for your co-workers, your kids – anyone!

Find it at:

htp://www.google.co.uk/santatracker/#/village/callfromsanta