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What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Teresa - Docs & Drive Community Manager 12/20/11 2:28 PM
On our blog today, we reflected on some of our team's favorite improvements of this past year. What were yours? Let me know below!
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/12/google-docs-and-sites-2011-year-in.html

We know there's always more to do - but on behalf of the team, I wanted to say thanks to you, our users, for continuing to use our product and sharing your feedback here in the forum, on Twitter, G+, etc. Happy holidays!
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? GoogleGooru 12/20/11 6:16 PM
Here are my three favorites

1. New version of Presentations - finally was able to get rid of PowerPoint for good with the awesome improvements here

2. The new look - I can actually feel a difference at the end of a long day in Docs, or Gmail as well. It's just easier on the eyes. 

3. Comments in Docs - Can't imagine living without them now!

GoogleGooru
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? sgraham4402 12/20/11 7:34 PM
Google,

Cloud Connect has made Google Docs much better but I want a cloud connect file that sits on my USB drive and when I ever I plug it in it updates ANY document changes to ANY of the files and syncs them with Google Docs automatically.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Felicity_BB 12/21/11 12:11 AM
I liked the improvements that were made to the equation editor, though I'm still looking forward to further changes that enable the user to view the Latex code properly.  Offline read-only access has also been useful to many people.

My favourite uses of Google Docs are storing my documents on the cloud and not having to worry about hard drive explosions, and in continuing to type into the text editor of the older version that I can fluidly view to the size of my browser windows.  Google Docs is a tool I use every day.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? hellonearthis 12/21/11 7:28 AM
I liked it when more fonts where added to google docs via google fonts and was looking forward to even more fonts.
But I was saddened when the new fonts (ubuntu) where pulled from google docs, why did you do that to us?
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Darrinb 12/27/11 8:46 AM
The "NEW Look" across all apps as it makes things look polished and consistent. 
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? cfgdr 12/29/11 12:20 PM
I haven't used Google Docs in a while, so I'm not sure when they made these changes - but it seems that there is no longer a way to select which folder that you wish to upload your files on Google, and the MOVE option made it easier to move files around.  I'm finding Google Docs to be clunky and hard to deal with now.  

Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? joemar9393 12/30/11 1:42 PM
NOTHING because i still can't do a simple right click copy/paste

I get an error message saying my browser does not support it

Well I am freaking using Chrome! So give me a good reason why a google browser does not allow me to do copy/paste in a google product.

That's right, this has been "broken" for years so there probably is no reason
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Fallen Snow 1/2/12 10:59 AM
I enjoy the simplicity of it all.

To joemar9393:
Just use control+ c, or option+ c, or command+ c to copy, and use control+ v (or whatever your computer has) to paste.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? joemar9393 1/2/12 7:40 PM
no thank you to the "just use" suggestion

right click copy paste is as basic as it gets

and it is further annoying that a google product tells me my google browser (implying that other browsers are able to do it) is unable to do the simplest right click copy paste
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? s r damor 1/4/12 4:13 AM
hi...
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? zia biker 1/15/12 3:04 PM
Ditto that. It doesn't work at all for me anymore, I used to use it alot, but can't even paste content in anymore.
Nitzana Mamane 1/21/12 2:57 PM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Nitzana Mamane 1/21/12 2:58 PM
1. Highlight with mouse (right hand)
2. Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V to cut/paste (left hand)
3. Use BOTH sides of your brain.

Now that's basic.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? cmd2k 1/24/12 6:38 PM
I apologize for this being a negative but I am running into a frustration (discussed at  https://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/forum/#!category-topic/docs/documents/edHCWKRYnDg) where I am sent a link inviting me to the form at  https://docs.google.com/a/virginia.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFBJcUk3Ylo1ZnZNRVVMZnJ4ZkQ5TFE6MQ and cannot access it (I have a .edu account through Hotmail) while GMail users can.  I'd love any help or continued work on fixing this as it has not changed since the last posting on that discussion last spring.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? diva.stoy 2/2/12 5:24 AM
Not a damn thing. It is now clunky, bright white and annoying. Still can't copy & past (and I shouldn't have to use a keyboard shortcut to do so.) The preview item is no longer automatic when I check an item. So now  I have to check and un-check each item to get a look at it...a simple previous and forward button would have been nice.This mania to have all Google products look the same baffles me considering almost none of them work together.You would think if I'm in Google Docs and want to add a photo from Picasa that there would be a simple way to do it via drop down box style. And I'm still trying to figure out the useless "cozy, compact and comfortable" modes... none of which lives up to its namesake. We should be able to set default settings so  we don't have to manually select "don't show in home" and when uploading items we should be able to specify and direct them to upload to already existing folders and/or collections. (we could do this before in the old set up before the dream team from hell redesigned everything) 

I gave up trying to use it for business...too unreliable or cumbersome.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? 1s0s 2/2/12 10:25 AM
I've recently started using DropBox and really enjoy the fact that I can update files on my PC, and when the Internet is available, the files sync. Is it possible Google Docs could do the same thing? So that offline editing would be allowed? You can already view, so couldn't the doc be editable, and just sync when a connection is available? Or it would be nice if Google synced with DropBox, and actual physical file. Seems pretty straightforward?
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Briar 2/9/12 4:28 AM
Are NONE... compared to the continued diseased state of Google Docs that causes slow typing problems for many people. This is languishing.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? WhiteRabbit 2/15/12 8:38 PM
IMO, killing Latex makes the improvements insignificant. Wish they kept the old editor until they finished developing the new one (i.e. included Latex and/or clipboard support).
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Felicity_BB 2/15/12 8:43 PM
I found the Latex editor a very valuable tool, too.  I wish at least documents in the old editor didn't have that undismissible yellow bar up top, at least until the new editor offers web view/fluid width and more Latex support.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? abatz 2/22/12 4:30 PM
Why are you not supporting full-browser width, seamless/continuous text documents in the new version?

In the original version text adapted to the width of the browser.. so if the width of the browser was shrunk or expanded, the text naturally line-wrapped with the width, and the document just changed correspondingly in length; furthermore, there were no page breaks.. it was one seamless, continuous page. It was the best!

In the new version not only are we forced to choose a page size (which kills the dynamic width factor), there are page break gaps.. so for example, I can only stick so many images or other content on any given page! It’s so limiting!

I have over 400 documents in the original format, and want to keep them in that format. I don't want pages showing up in them.. and I don't want to be forced into any kind of arbitrary page width.. I want them to remain dynamic/liquid/fluid/whatever-you-want-to-call-it in that sense.

Please, please, please provide this capability. I beg you!

p.s. The "workaround" of choosing larger page sizes, or using landscape is totally unsatisfactory; and anyone suggesting so simply does not appreciate the original concept.

p.p.s. If you'd like to experience what I'm talking about, simply do the following: Create new -> From template -> and search templates for "wide document template". Once you've used the wide document template, you can get at it again via: Create new -> From template -> Templates I've used.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Felicity_BB 2/22/12 5:44 PM
While I also like some of the improvements on 2011, I agree with the above in that I miss fluid width/web view.  I've been using documents in the old editor format for this primary reason of a text box I can reshape to my browser, and I'm disappointed that Google Docs is apparently going to force an upgrade of these documents without providing the same functionality in the newer editor.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Yja Wanano 2/22/12 9:51 PM
I like it that I keep telling small businesses that Google is nearly there with its MS Word substitute, ..., and I keep telling them, ..., and I keep telling them, ... BUT, alas, I cannot *seriously* tell businesses that "once you have GApps, you won't need anything from MS". So where should we start re favorite "improvements"? How about no style editor in Docs? Come on Google, are you serious about taking on MS Office?
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? roboyeti 2/22/12 9:52 PM
Nothing.  As an avid fan of google docs a year+ ago, I find myself realizing the only reason why I put up with the constantly changing (but rarely for the better) google docs is because the ease with which I can share docs and access it ... but that hasn't changed ... or has gotten more confusing. 

Don't even get me started on the pestering, screen wasting notices that I need to upgrade a document on my older docs, which when converted only require hours of re-work to get to look  even remotely like the original ... or the now constant harassment (in the same space that I just cleared up after allowing the the downgrading "upgrade" to happen)  that I should use chrome (I expected more than M$ tactics from Google), and it isn't like I am using some ancient crusty browser (always latest Firefox).

It is slower, acts stranger, is less intuitive, and looks worse (but then again, the Google design department apparently have spent a lot of time interviewing small children on design interface preferences).  It is, as a whole, terrible and every single time I use the latest Google docs I start thinking about exploring other solutions for my general document needs.  The inability to work with tables (like moving, resizing, selecting/copying) within documents in any sensible fashion got worse, not better, as a specific example.

I really wanted google docs to be a hit, I love the idea, and really loved the "simpler" older version a lot more than this garbage.  What is worse, is that we seem to lose more functionality than we gain with each release.  Reshuffling the interface and changing the look and feel isn't an improvement change.  Making simple things like typing in real time should not have been left by the way side so a new menu bar could be created to match the new "bland" look of the Google universe.

Oh, and as for the "intuitive" documents "folder" interface ... all it has done (and continues to do) is confuse the collaborators I work with endlessly, technical and non-technical people alike.  In fact, it is only because of me that these other people haven't already given up using this crap, despite the fact that they all complain constantly about how poor it performs, or the weird things it does, and never being able to find anything.

Heck, this edit box (tinymce? or similar) looks and works better than the new google document.  At least here, I could probably insert an image and not find it clipped into oblivion because editing above it changed the position to cross page boundaries and then forces a document reload because I try to drag the picture to a new position, but instead cause some sort of document system failure.  LOL, hell, I would be happier knowing that something (like embedding images) can't be done than deal with a terrible, bug ridden way to do something.

The above comments are my feelings on both the "document" and "spreadsheet" (which is actually far better).  I have used the presentation stuff once or twice.  It is OK for what it is ... a poor man's power point rip off.

As an employee of another rather large company that is on the bleeding edge of software development, I have to say that Google docs has to be one of the biggest disappointments I have ever seen, but maybe that is because I had such high hopes for it.

I will not install chrome to make the experience better.  That is stupid and wrong.  Software over the internet should not be specific to a vendor's desktop software.  Good lord ... get a clue ... that is what we have been trying to escape from the last 10+ years.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Andrea D 2/23/12 12:36 AM
Thanks, Teresa C..

Felicity_BB said it beautifully, so I'll quote her:


"I liked the improvements that were made to the equation editor, though I'm still looking forward to further changes that enable the user to view the Latex code properly.  Offline read-only access has also been useful to many people.

My favourite uses of Google Docs are storing my documents on the cloud and not having to worry about hard drive explosions, and in continuing to type into the text editor of the older version that I can fluidly view to the size of my browser windows. Google Docs is a tool I use every day."

Looking forward to 2012 and beyond, I'm eagerly anticipating the new lightweight fluid-width editor that Jeff mentioned in an earlier thread; until it's available, I'm not sure that post-conversion Google Docs will continue to be useful to me.

I'm also hoping for Latex and solid table support.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Gill 2/23/12 10:22 AM
<< Looking forward to 2012 and beyond, I'm eagerly anticipating the new lightweight fluid-width editor that Jeff mentioned in an earlier thread;>> Me too!
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Warren A 2/23/12 9:26 PM
Have you tried the chrome app plugin that's referenced in the blog post?  It looks like fixing that problem is one of the items on the improvements list.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? angryman 2/24/12 1:49 PM
THE BEST THING IS THAT I CANNOT ACCESS MY GOOGLE DOCS !!!

Why don't you help somebody Teresa G. and stop wasting time on this BS !!!
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Felicity_BB 2/24/12 2:41 PM
Angryman, don't abuse Teresa.  Give some time (say 24 hours) for someone to try to answer your questions and give you suggestions.  Google Docs is free and most people participating in this forum are doing it for free, and in addition many of the Google Docs employees run on a New York working week so it may be some time before they can see your question.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Gill 2/24/12 4:19 PM
I'm with Felicity - don't take it out on Teresa - she's doing a good job, and deserves her weekend break - as Felicity says the Google Docs team are mostly in New York. Wait till Monday NE time,

Make sure you have done everything you can at your end - clear browser cache/data, try a different browser, disable browser extensions, check you have a good fast internet connection and that your firewall lets Gdocs through. There may be a problem at Google's end as well but it might not all be their fault.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? dziegman 2/24/12 4:23 PM
And Teresa is NOT the one writing the code either! :)

dziegman
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? mymusemail 2/26/12 8:17 AM
I'm with several of the others on here when I say "NOT ONE DAMN THING". 

The flat icons were a basic step back in time and the fact that there are things - spellcheck for one - that I can no longer do with them annoys me.

There was a look to the old docs that was easy to read and that seems lost in the new version.  The starkness of the new version is too white. 

I don't CARE about following the exact typing of the others in the document and honestly, on my netbook, it slows it down so badly that I actually have to LEAVE the document.  I don't need to see every letter that my co-writers type.

Since the new version, I actually have to add a comment then delete the damn thing before the document will let me type in it.  This becomes old and annoying as hell very quickly.

I'm not sure why Google believes that taking steps backward is the same as moving forward.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Docative 2/26/12 8:47 PM
Here's a NON-favorite: retaining the facility to have free-flowing documents without a designated hard page width. There are so many people complaining about this without any remedy. Earlier, we could just live with the old format. But now Google is about to migrate all old documents by force. So I am having to move a lot of project design documents (that will never be printed) over to Wordpress. Pity.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Felicity_BB 2/26/12 9:03 PM
Agree with you there, Docative!  These are online documents; fluid width/web view is a feature of the old format I use all the time.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Venablito 2/27/12 7:41 AM
It was totally awesome when Google lived up to its prediction of real offline access (load, read, edit) in the first half of the year.

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Docs/thread?tid=62b032adccc471df&hl=en

What was even more awesome was how Google consistently kept us in the loop and helped us understand the roadmap, game plan, etc.






Oh, wait... the opposite. Less awesome.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? luscusrex 2/27/12 7:48 AM
I have been using  control+ c, or option+ c and control+x for 20 years, and I think that if you are savy enough to use the right mouse click, yo already know the keyboard short cuts, so don't be condecending! GOOLE shoul fix this Royal Pain in the A..... and code the right click, I have spent the past 2 hours pouring over forums looking for a work around, a code anything to perform a simple right click. Is it that the Google Dev Team do not use the mouse, and hence deem the use of it unimportant?  This is just wrong in so many levels.....
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? luscusrex 2/27/12 7:50 AM
We men like using 1 side, that is why we are uncomplicated! Thanks for more condescending advice

Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? luscusrex 2/27/12 7:58 AM
No It is not my Company (3000) pays for the product ($40 yearly per person) and google says it has 5 million paying clients, you do the math. Copy and paste and answers from google reps should be the norm , but it really is only the exception.

Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? luscusrex 2/27/12 8:00 AM
Less blowing hot air up ....... and more answers!
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? vassili.nikolaev 2/29/12 12:33 PM
So far, for me the worst thing is the decision to convert all my docs to the new format. It means I will not be able to use them with Russian translit anymore. Which mean I will not use Goggle docs anymore.

I am just posting here to attract somebody from Google to feel our pain in this topic below, but it looks like you guys don't care about customers anymore, so proud of yourselves!

https://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/forum/#!topic/docs/yjNBHwwriyY/discussion
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Felicity_BB 2/29/12 2:33 PM
Hi vassili.nikolaev,

I'm not a fan of the forced conversion either and there have been several other threads.  Bas Braams has been collecting a list of issues like yours.  Maybe you could post in that thread to alert him in detail to your Russian translit problem, or start your new thread.  A new thread might get even more attention.

Good luck!  I hope your voice is heard. :)
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? HaroldCarey 2/29/12 3:50 PM
Offline Viewing is my favorite. 
I need to access my documents sometimes when I do not have a Internet connection.

Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? TR82 3/2/12 10:52 AM
I can think of one. 

NO LONGER BEING ABLE TO UPLOAD MY DOCUMENTS AFTER MARCH 1ST!!! 
YAAAAAAYYY!!!! 

THANKS GOOGLE!!!! 

hope you get this fixed SOON!
I wonder if Skydrive has these problems....?
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Fontmonster 3/5/12 7:01 AM
I liked it when Docs worked and allowed me to upload docs.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Fontmonster 3/5/12 7:03 AM
Same here. I see the 'employee' hasn't 'replied' why can't they just post a problem instead of an advert in gmail saying, sorry, but there is a problem. Awesome customer support here have you noticed?
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? Fontmonster 3/5/12 7:05 AM
YUP. I agree. Looks like a site wide issue. Instead of posting ads all over my paid for goggle account they could maybe post some info and a nice big apology would be nice to. Remember Goggle, Don't be evil.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? jimschubert 3/23/12 7:54 AM
My favorite improvement in Google Docs is the drag and drop functionality of the document list.  About a year and a half ago, it was difficult to drag newly created items to an existing folder.  The move from folders to collections may have been the change that improved the functionality.  

Now, all the drag and drop needs is a way to cancel the drag operation when an item has accidentally been picked up.  ESC didn't work, at least not in Google Chrome 18.0.1025.108 beta.

I keep a LOT of documents in Google Docs, so the ability to manage those items has always been huge for me.  I noticed maybe 5-6 months ago that documents could now be versioned which is also a stellar improvement.
Re: What were your favorite Docs improvements of 2011? efraim yosef 4/17/12 12:35 AM
Google Docs new Forms feature is the best improvement for me well done !!!
 I expect more improvements and bug fixes to this new feature
for example email notification for date submitted to form owner
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