8th
JUL

Gmail adds 13 new languages!

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

gmail-logoEmail is a universal way to communicate. No matter where you are, you can reach anyone else in the world with the press of a button. We take it for granted now, but it’s so much easier to keep in touch with people than it was in the old days of pens, paper, and stamps. But there’s still an important barrier we need to overcome to make email truly universal: language. Gmail is already available in 58 languages, and today Google is bringing that total to 71—covering 94 percent of the world’s Internet population and bringing us closer to our goal of making sure that, no matter what language you write in, you can use it in Gmail.

These 13 new languages are joining the Gmail family: Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, and Zulu.

As any native speaker knows, each language has its own nuances, so Google worked closely with linguists to make sure the tone and style are just right. For example, both Hong Kong and Taiwan use traditional Chinese characters. However, you’ll notice that Gmail’s new Chinese (Hong Kong) language uses 收件箱 for “Inbox” instead of 收件匣, which is a word more common in Taiwan.

All 13 languages are rolling out today in Gmail on the web and feature phone browsers. Try out any one of them by going to your Settings. It’s much easier than finding the right postage.

9th
MAY

Google Drive on the Go

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under drive, new feature

g-driveGoogle Drive is, as many of you know, the cloud service that stores your files (any files!) and  lets you edit Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentations (Google call them ‘Slides’) – wherever you are. With or without an internet connection.

Beginning today, Google have launched 3 new standalone apps for Android and iOS to edit Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentations. Whereas before you’d have to jump into the Drive app, click create, choose the type of document you want etc – now it’s one step, into the app that’s appropriate to your needs, you can see a screenshot of the Spreadsheets one below:

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Hope you like them!

2nd
MAY

Google Hangouts – new at UoB

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under hangouts, new feature

hangoutsHangouts is a product from Google that allows full HD video calling or text chatting with anyone else in the world who has a Google account. It’s accessible from mobile devices or from a desktop machine, wherever a web browser is available.

Starting now, Hangouts is available on all UoB computers, so long as you download and install a simple plugin into Chrome – this is possible without administrator rights on Windows PCs. Whilst the setup we have at the moment only permits 1:1 video calling, we are actively looking to enable Google+ (the social media site from Google), which will allow you to have group video calls, run broadcasts through YouTube and other productive features.

 

 

 

We’ve put a lot of information online, along with links to Google’s own support – you can find it here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/it-services/applications/google-apps/hangouts/

2nd

Google Drive on the Desktop at UoB

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

g-driveGoogle Drive, for those who don’t know, is a product from Google that allows you to:

  • upload any file, of any type, and have it accessible from wherever you have a web browser or mobile device.
  • create and collaborate with others, in real time, across Desktop or Mobile, on Google Docs (hugely similar to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint)

Although we launched in April 2014 with Google Drive along with Gmail and Calendar – we’ve not publicised it or made any changes to it in that first year. Despite this, a lot of staff have found it by themselves and usage at Bristol is already one of the highest for a Google EDU site, with over  a million files already uploaded or created: http://googleatuob.blogs.ilrt.org/2014/02/13/stats-stats-and-more-christmas-stats/

Beginning now, we’re making Drive easier to use and to access inside the University by installing Google Drive for Desktop on all University managed Windows PCs that are not in open access rooms. This means that you will be able to save directly to Drive from within any of your applications and have that saved file available, anywhere in the world where you have a web browser, Google Drive for Desktop, or a mobile device.

To demo this feature to you, we’ll be running roadshows around the University like we did for the main launch – look out for dates soon!

We hope you find this new service useful and beneficial to your working. You can find more information online at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/it-services/applications/google-apps/drive/

 

28th
MAR

Customise your launcher!

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under new feature

Coming soon, the ability to change your launcher to work how you want it to.

It’s rolling out across Google now, more info at: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/1714464

 

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12th
MAR

Bring a little something extra to Docs and Sheets with add-ons

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

You use Google Docs and Sheets to get all sorts of stuff done—whether you’re staying up late to finish that final paper or just getting started on a new project at the office. But to help take some of that work off your shoulders, today Google are launching add-ons—new tools created by developer partners that give you even more features in your documents and spreadsheets.

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To browse through add-ons for Docs and Sheets, select Get add-ons in the Add-ons menu of any open document or spreadsheet. (Add-ons for spreadsheets are only available in the new Google Sheets).

Once you install an add-on it will become available across all of your documents or spreadsheets and you can start using it right away.

Here are just a few examples of how add-ons can help you do more with Docs and Sheets:

Get approvals from Docs and Sheets 
Need to gather approvals or feedback? Letter Feed Workflows routes your document to the right people and adds a simple “Approve” button right inside your document or spreadsheet. You’ll be notified as soon as it’s approved, and can publish the final version with a single click.

Print address labels and name tags 
With Avery Label Merge you can seamlessly import addresses or names from Sheets into Docs for printing. Just pick the type of Avery labels you’ll be printing and your document will be formatted to match the layout of your label pack.

Create a bibliography without leaving Docs 
Citing sources is about to get much easier for the millions of students who use Google Docs to write papers. TheEasyBib Bibliography Creator helps you cite books, journals, and websites in MLA, APA, and Chicago style by entering in titles, journal article names, and websites right inside your document.

Send customized emails 
With Merge by Mailchimp you can send customized emails from Google Docs. Use merge tags to pull info from a spreadsheet into your document. Once your data is merged, hit send and your personalized emails will be delivered.

These are just some of the many add-ons that are available for you to use right now in the Docs or Sheets add-on stores, with lots more on the way.

 

 

(These are currently rolling out, you may find they are not available to your staff account right now!)

16th
JAN

new Chrome features

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

chrome-os-2odl-800Hopefully by now many of you are familiar with the icon to the left. You’ll recognise it as the icon for Google Chrome, the web-browser that we’ve chosen to recommend in the University for accessing Google Apps as it simply works best with them.

It’s a constantly evolving product and because of the way it updates itself, you should always have the latest version. Google have released some useful features into Chrome this week and you can find them detailed below.

 

 

  • You can now track down noisy tabs: You can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the ones singing in the background. You’ll also be able to see which tabs are currently using your webcam or are being cast to your TV.

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  • Safe Browsing’s malware warning has gotten stronger: If you see this message in the download tray at the bottom of your screen, you can click “Dismiss” knowing that Chrome is working to keep you safe.

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(And for those who also use Chrome at home….)

  • Try out supervised users for your family members: You can now use a beta preview of supervised users to help family members who may need some guidance browsing the web. Once you create a supervised user, you can visit chrome.com/manage to review their browsing activity and determine site restrictions.

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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.

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