Product Reviews

Google Docs and Spreadsheets: Impressions

I never really used Google Docs and Spreadsheets up until the last few weeks. Since I got a Mac, and haven’t bothered to load OpenOffice on it or anything, I didn’t have a good way to edit word docs. The other thing is I wanted to collaborate on a few docs, so I figured, let’s try Google Docs.

It is pretty cool the way you can share documents and everyone who has access can work on them, it is also good that you can export to many different formats. It would be nice if there was an “email X format” instead of having to export, then email.

There were a few times though while editing that the cursor just became lost, or you couldn’t add new text or edit text, with no error message or anything, this was confusing. You had to save or close the document, and go back to edit it and it worked again.

I also noticed some formatting discrepancies between Google Docs and when you export to Word, some centering issues, etc. Kind of  a pain, but you shouldn’t have to double check it in word after editing in Google Docs, that kind of defeats the purpose in my opinion.

Overall though it is useful if you don’t have access to Office, and you want to collaborate.

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By Steve Novoselac

Director of Digital Technology @TrekBikes, Father, Musician, Cyclist, Homebrewer

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