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Google Overhauls Docs Presentations and in a better way…

19 Oct
Google has added more than 50 new features to Google Docs Presentations, closing the gap between the web app and existing software offerings from Microsoft (PowerPoint) and Apple (Keynote).

Among the new features added major ones are highlighted here…

Transitions: Create fading and “spicier 3D” transition effects between slides.
Animations: Add animation for emphasis (or playfulness).
Drawings: For building designs, layouts and flowcharts in a presentation.
Rich tables: Now with merged cells and further options for formatting data.
New themes: An array of color schemes and formats have been added to the theme library.

  1. Click the gear icon in your Documents List and select Documents settings.
  2. On the editing tab your settings page, check the box next to “Create new presentations using the latest version of the presentation editor.”
  3. Click Save.

One of the drawbacks of the new offering is that it incorporates technology found only in the newer versions of popular Web browsers–Google Chrome, Safari 5, Internet Explorer 9 or Firefox 4 or newer. You can gain full access to the app’s new features in IE8 if you install Google Chrome Frame on your system.

You also need to be a good speller with presentations, as spell checking hasn’t been incorporated into the app yet. Offline editing is still missing, too.

On the other hand, Google claims collaboration within the app is faster than it had been in previous versions.

Needless to say, many of the new features in presentations have been available in full featured packages like Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple’s Keynote for years, although collaborating in those programs isn’t as slick as it is in Google Docs presentation builder, where you can see exactly what others are working on with colorful presence markers and edit simultaneously from different locations. You can also view a revision history of a project and roll it back to a previous version, as well as chat with others who working on a presentation with you.

If you want to learn more about using Presentations at Google’s help center.

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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Product Reviews

 

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