Looks like scripting for gDocs is finally open to users who aren’t lucky enough to have access to the Enterprise or Education versions.
A big boon for people who love scripting, but aren’t really into desktop office apps (although Zoho Office does have macros)
Just as I’m trying to build a business case for switching non Office-Centric (we have about 500 billion powerpoint docs) stuff at my work to google (don’t know if it will happen unfortunately) the usefulness of gDocs continues to grow. The premier edition now allows you to upload via API documents of ANY type, meaning that you could probably switch your document server and all the wierd idiosyncratic file formats that entails over to gDocs, with someone that knows scripting that is.
From the Google Apps Blog:
Upload any file type:
– Premier Edition only.
– Individual file size limit of 250MB.
– Ability to upload any type of file.
– 1GB storage limit for files you upload that are not converted to Google Docs format (i.e. Google documents, spreadsheets and presentations).
– Copy a document: Make a duplicate of a document.
– Publishing documents: Programmatically publish a document to the world.
– Change the owner of a document: Additional functionality to now also change the ‘owner’ of a document.
– Resumable uploads: Ability to pause/resume and upload which is useful for large file sizes.
I am dying to give google wave a go (looking for that killer punch to convince work to dump Exchange for gDocs). If you want to try your luck (I imagine they are going quick) look here for ways to beg and plead for an invite!
Google has recently released an online service that allows users to analyse and visualise their tabular data in a relatively simple way. I haven’t looked at it in detail yet, but it looks like you could easily pull data in from highrise (via export at the least, and cut it up to get some more value from it). This service seems to compete wiht zoho DB and reports and youcalc but offers some new and interesting functionality (the always fun motion charts for starters)
Google spreadsheet has added solver functionality to their increasingly well equipped spreadsheeting application. For the uninitiated, solve (like excel’s solver) allows spreadsheeters to find solutions to what-if? Scenarios and to optimise mathematical and business functions.
This pretty much leaves pivot-tables/charts and macros as the two major features that excel has over gDocs (although zoho sheet has macros). I’m enjoying watching the inevitable trainwreak that the google docs disruptive innovation will have to microsoft’s office business model, hopefully they will
Google Docs help file on solve – General: Using Solve