Thursday, February 2, 2012

Google Groups and Drawings

Kyle here with Kirksville Web Design and another Google Sites update. The Google Apps teams is always kind enough to announce changes and roll them out slowly. Sometimes you'll stumble upon them randomly and say 'woah didn't know that was there.' Then you question yourself as to maybe it was there all along and you are losing your mind.

Anyways, this is another smallish update to Sites (I haven't been too terribly excited since horizontal navigation rolled out 8/19/2010).


Google Groups Discussion Forums

There have been several occasions where I have recommended the use of Google Groups Discussion Forums. Since the beautification of this tool, it has garnered more recognition.

It was always a hassle to direct clients to More Gadgets, so this is convenient. It's still a bit clunky to setup I think. You need to setup the group, grab the url, and throw it in the gadget. You've easily wasted 10 minutes just to get a commenting functionality.

To fix this, I would like to see the insert of the Google Groups Discussion Forum streamlined.

Easy to find, Not so easy to use


Drawings Gadget

I tried creating a drawing in Google Docs and didn't like it too much. So being able to insert a drawing into my Google Site doesn't appeal too much to me.

I can see it being useful for wireframe drawings, flowcharts, but nothing too fancy.

Any thoughts on Drawings in Google Docs, then embedded into Google Sites?

  
Uploading Images and Attachments

Who doesn't love to see how their upload is coming along? Great feature that is appreciated for those larger file uploads.

Another feature that could be added is a multiple file upload capability. It's a drag to add files one-by-one. I did find a great solution in Cloud Sherpas Mass Upload Tool. It's free for 5 files at a time. Thanks + Cloud Sherpas for that one.

Here's the original information from the Google Apps Team

Scheduled Release Track 1/31/2012
- Groups Discussion Forums can be inserted via the ‘insert’ menu.
- Drawings gadget: Drawings can be inserted as a gadget via the ‘insert’ menu when editing a page.
- New interface when uploading images and attachments
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