Google Drive tries hard to help you convert files between formats, as I’ve discussed in previous posts. Sometimes, though, you need to perform a conversion that’s too much for Drive – of a particularly large file, say, or a conversion between formats that Drive can’t perform.
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.
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.
One of the comments I see most about Google Drive concerns the difficulties in handling Microsoft document formats. While Google’s equivalent applications are gaining strength all the time, for some people the feature sets and document formats they’re used to make it hard for them to get the most out of Drive.
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:
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:
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.
If you do any significant amount of work with program code, a free Chrome app called Neutron Drive could be for you.
Neutron Drive integrates closely with Google Drive and offers a host of really useful features more normally found on desktop editors, including: