[hcs-d] Google Docs Blog: Templates bring Docs to life

Konstantin Pozin pozin at fas.harvard.edu
Wed Jul 16 19:35:00 EDT 2008


Grant Dasher?



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Templates bring Docs to
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/templates-bring-docs-to-life.html>
via Official Google Docs Blog <http://googledocs.blogspot.com/> by Google
Docs on 7/16/08

What do wedding
planners<http://docs.google.com/templates?q=3Dwedding&sort=3Dhottest&view=
=3Ddefault>,
gas mileage calculators<http://docs.google.com/templates?q=3Dgas+mileage+lo=
g&sort=3Dhottest&view=3Ddefault>and
photo
albums <http://docs.google.com/templates?q=3Dalbum&sort=3Dhottest&view=3Dde=
fault>have
in common? They're all examples of templates available in the Google
Docs Template Gallery <http://docs.google.com/templates> that Sarah Beth
Eisinger (Docs Templates engineer), Grant Dasher (intern), and I built and
(happily!) released today.

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600-h/blogSizePresentationsGallery2.png>
When researching how people use templates, we saw that lots of you create
documents for all aspects of your lives. You need resumes and cover
letters<http://docs.google.com/templates?category=3D17&sort=3Dhottest&view=
=3Ddefault>to
look for jobs and fax
cover letters<http://docs.google.com/templates?q=3Dfax&sort=3Dhottest&view=
=3Ddefault>and
invoices<http://docs.google.com/templates?q=3Dinvoice&sort=3Dhottest&view=
=3Ddefault>to
run your businesses. And of course you want to use documents in fun
ways
with family and friends, such as unique designs and layouts for invitation
cards<http://docs.google.com/templates?category=3D4&sort=3Dhottest&view=3Dd=
efault>and
calendars <http://docs.google.com/templates?q=3Dcalendar&sort=3Dhottest>.
Finally, everyone wants to be able to have tools that "just work": print
mailing labels<http://docs.google.com/templates?q=3Dlabels&sort=3Dhottest&v=
iew=3Ddefault>,
track portfolio
values<http://docs.google.com/templates?q=3Dstock+portfolio&sort=3Dhottest&=
view=3Ddefault>,
and manage projects<http://docs.google.com/templates?q=3Dproject+tracking&s=
ort=3Dhottest&view=3Ddefault>without
having to painstakingly create documents from scratch.

These needs inspired our new templates and gallery. We developed these in
conjunction with Avery Dennison <http://www.avery.com/>,
Vertex42.com<http://www.vertex42.com/>,
TemplateZone <http://www.templatezone.com/google-docs.php>, and Visa
Business <http://www.visabusinessnetwork.com/>.

Many templates leverage the collaborative aspect of Google Docs so that
several people can work on a single document online without having to email
attachments back and forth. To hear the story behind two templates, watch
these videos:





To get started, go directly to the template
gallery<http://docs.google.com/templates>or access it from the "New"
menu in your document list. Templates are
currently available only in English, but other languages are coming soon.
They're also available to Google Apps users.

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Posted by: Valerie Blechar, Google Docs Templates Engineer
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