For many who use use open-source office suites such as LibreOffice and OpenOffice, the ODP format is the first choice for presentations. Following today’s announced update, you can download your Google Slides presentations in this file format.
Google’s latest update makes it simpler to comment on your own or your colleagues’ Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on both the web and mobile platforms. Now, if you highlight some content, an icon appears at the right-hand page edge:
Some time ago I posted about templates, and how to use them in Google Drive. Google has now introduced a new template gallery for the desktop versions of Docs, Sheets and Slides, offering a new interface design and lots of new template designs.
Google have made it a little easier to handle relative font sizes within Google Docs and Slides.
Now, if you highlight some text (or a number of text boxes) in Docs or Slides, you can manipulate the font size of the highlighted text in increments of 1pt.
Some while ago, in this post, I talked about using animations to spice up your slide presentations. Google has just made some improvements to the available animation options.
In the slide editor, right-click the item you wish to animate, as described in the previous post. Now, though, the drop-down menu offers two new animation types, Appear and Disappear, along with various new ways to customize the direction of the Fly In and Fly Out animations:
Users of Google Slides can now add slide numbers to their presentations.
This is a useful addition for both presenters and audiences, enabling you to refer unambiguously to parts of your presentation.
In this previous post I discussed how to shorten URLs using the goo.gl service. A handy side effect of doing this is, as I mentioned in that post, the automatic generation of a QR code for the URL concerned:
For a while now you’ve been able to add borders and crop images right inside the Google Presentations editor, and I’ve also given some workarounds, such as in this post, for using other image manipulations such as transparency.
It’s pretty easy to make a Google presentation that your users can download as an eBook to use with their favourite eBook reader.
The key thing to remember is that most eBook readers are happiest in portrait, rather than landscape, format. Since Google Slides normally makes slides in landscape layout (to suit a monitor or projector) we need to alter this.
You’re probably already aware that you can enter bulleted or numbered lists in Google Docs using the appropriate buttons on the toolbar (there’s a post about customising them here):
In line with how many other word processing programs function, Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings will now automatically turn on the relevant list mode when the application detects that you want to make a bulleted or numbered list, based on what first character you enter in your paragraph.