Engadget: New Google Docs toolkit can automate tasks . “Are you tired of having to wade through Google Docs files, or make countless changes to templates every time you want to use them? Google might soon bring relief. It’s officially launching a Google Docs programming interface that lets developers automate many common tasks, whether it’s inserting text, changing the formatting or managing lists. If you’re producing invoices, for example, an app could automatically fill out product info and numbers.”
How-To Geek: The Best Google Docs Add-Ons . “Google Docs add-ons work similarly to how a browser extension works. They are a third-party app that you install to Google Docs to gain additional features. Some add-ons increase productivity (like proofreading tools) and some add more extensive capabilities (like allowing teachers to integrate grades into students papers). Here’s how to install them and some of our favorites.”
The Verge: Google Drawings can now be embedded in Google Docs. “Google has introduced a small, but helpful feature in Docs for G Suite customers. You can now embed Google Drawings that are saved in Drive directly into a Google Doc. Previously, you couldn’t embed an existing Google Drawing within a Google Doc — drawings had to be manually created within the document.”
How-To Geek: [Updated] Google Drive Has a Serious Spam Problem, But Google Says a Fix is Coming. “Google Drive’s sharing system is the problem. Since it doesn’t offer any sharing acceptance, all files and folders shared with your account are automatically available to you in Drive—they just show up. To make matters worse, if you only have ‘View’ permission, you can’t remove yourself from the share. It’s a mess. And to make matters even worse, this is far from a new problem, but Google still hasn’t done anything to fix it.” The article has been updated with a statement from Google saying it’s going to be fixed.
The Next Web: All I want for Christmas: Folders for Google Docs. “This is perhaps the saddest article I’ve written: I’m opening myself up to endless ridicule by admitting how deeply I care about something so incredibly mundane and objectively boring. But I don’t care. I’m a champion of the people, and I’m prepared to sacrifice myself for the greater good. Google, all I want for Christmas are folders for Google Docs.”
MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Google Docs Add-Ons for More Professional Documents. “Along with its regular features, Google Docs also supports a host of add-ons to help you properly format a document. These add-ons are found under the Add-ons menu option. Here are some useful Google Docs add-ons you can use to create professional documents.”
MakeUseOf: 3 Impressive Google Docs Scripts to Automate Your Documents. “There are many good reasons you should be using cloud-based Google Docs rather than application-based word processing apps like Microsoft Word. One of the most important is that you can create some very useful automations using powerful Google Scripts. Here are three scripts that let you build a document from user prompts, import Google Analytics into a Google Doc report, and create a document from a Google Sheet file.”