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Reviews of Apps, extensions, books, websites and anything related to Google Drive

Add-on Review: Consistency Checker

Consistency checker is an interesting little add-on for Docs that will help you to stay consistent in writing style throughout your document, for instance by reporting any instances where you’ve hyphenated or spelled words in different ways, used different forms for abbreviations (e.g. with or without periods in acronyms, or “email” versus “e-mail”), or where you’ve made common linguistic errors (e.g. should of in place of should have). It’s not meant to replace professional editing or spelling/grammar checks, but to work alongside them to improve your document’s quality.

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Add-on Review: g(Math) for Google Documents

In this previous post I briefly described the built-in tools that Google Docs offers for adding mathematical equations to your documents.

The g(Math) add-on, available via the Add-ons > Manage add-ons menu in your document, takes things a big step further by adding more advanced expression editing along with graph generation. If you use a lot of mathematics, this could be for you.

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Add-on Review: openclipart for Google Docs

The openclipart Add-on for Google Docs from Apps4Gapps gives ready access to over 50,000 public domain images that you can use in your documents.

The add-on is added in the normal fashion, by using the Add-ons menu item from within a document. To add a piece of art into your document, simply place the cursor where you want the image to appear, then select Add-ons > openclipart > Search Clipart from the top menu:

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Add-on Review: Vertex42 Template Gallery

Sometimes, when you want to produce a document to a standard format, it’s easier to let someone else do the hard work by using their purpose-designed template to do the job.

Vertex42’s Template Gallery provides over 100 templates, each suitable for either Google Docs or Sheets. Installation is straightforward using the Add-ons menu, and doesn’t require any external sign-up or account creation. After that you can browse the templates directly from the Add-ons menu:

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Add-on Review: Texthelp Highlighting Tools

This free add-on for Google Docs allows you to highlight text within a document in any one of four colors. These highlighted passages may then be collected and compiled into a new document.

You install it in the usual fashion, using the Add-ons menu and looking for ‘Texthelp Study Skills’. Installation is straightforward.

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