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Google Apps Hacks
     

Google Apps Hacks

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by Philipp Lenssen
 

Can Google applications really become an alternative to the venerable Microsoft Office suite? Conventional wisdom may say no, but practical wisdom says otherwise. Right now, 100,000 small businesses are currently running trials of Google office applications. So are large corporations such as General Electric and Proctor & Gamble. Google Apps Hacks gets you

Overview

Can Google applications really become an alternative to the venerable Microsoft Office suite? Conventional wisdom may say no, but practical wisdom says otherwise. Right now, 100,000 small businesses are currently running trials of Google office applications. So are large corporations such as General Electric and Proctor & Gamble. Google Apps Hacks gets you in on the action with several ingenious ways to push Google's web, mobile, and desktop apps to the limit.

The scores of clever hacks and workarounds in this book help you get more than the obvious out of a whole host of Google's web-based applications for word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint-style presentations, email, calendar, and more by giving you ways to exploit the suite's unique network functionality. You get plenty of ways to tinker with:

  • Google Documents — Share and edit documents with others in real time, view them on the run with Google Docs mobile service, and use Google Notebook for web research
  • Google Spreadsheets — Add real-time data to spreadsheets, and generate charts and tables you can embed in web pages
  • Google Presentations — View them on a mobile phone and save them as video
  • Gmail — Send email to and from a mobile phone, adjust Gmail's layout with a style sheet, and a lot more
  • iGoogle — Create your own gadgets, program a screenscraper, add Flash games, and more
  • Google Calendar — Add web content events, public calendars, and your Outlook Calendar to this application
  • Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google SketchUp: the new 3D modeling software tool
  • Picasa, YouTube, and Google Video — discover new ways to customize and use these media management apps

In addition, Google Apps Hacks outlines ways you can create a simple web site with nothing but Google tools, including Page Creator, Blogger, Google Analytics, and content from other Google apps. This amazing collection just might convince you that Microsoft Office is not the last word in business applications. The price is certainly right.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596515881
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Series:
Hacks Series
Pages:
361
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.83(d)

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Meet the Author

Born in 1977, Philipp Lenssen is a web developer, blogger and author from Germany. Since 2003, Philipp runs Google Blogoscoped at blogoscoped.com, a daily news source started in Malaysia covering all things Google, from Gmail, Orkut and web search to Google Docs, usability issues, YouTube and everything in-between. The blog also spawned a book called 55 Ways to Have Fun With Google. Philipp likes to tinker with programming, drawing, writing and game design, and has a special interest in the intersections among those areas.

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Google Apps Hacks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book wasn¿t chock full of the kind of insider information that you usually get from a ¿hacks¿ book, it did offer a lot of good information that I haven¿t seen altogether in one place. Unless you¿ve been living under a rock, you¿re probably aware of all the different tools that Google is making available: from Google Docs to Gmail to iGoogle and more. This book does an excellent job showing how to use these tools and how to get more out of them than you probably thought possible. The book spends the first 4 chapters going through the various applications within the Google Docs family¿which is essentially an online, non-Microsoft version of the Office suite. Subsequent chapters are then dedicated to Gmail, iGoogle (a customization of the Google home page), Google Calendar, Google Reader, Picasa, blogging, Google Maps (and related programs), and analytics. Even with all this information, there are still Google applications that were left out¿but I suppose that is to be expected, otherwise this book would be well above its current 400 pages. I found each chapter to be well written, and I felt that each ¿hack¿ was something a real user would try/want to do. The author includes lots of screen shots and includes extra HTML and javascript within the text where appropriate. The author goes so far as to show (in a few cases) some 3rd party applications that rival the Google offering. For example, in discussing Picasa, the author shows some non-Google alternatives. I thought this was a great book that was well-written and easy to follow. It opened my eyes to many of the possibilities that currently exist within Google products. If you¿re looking to get more out of your Google experiences, this book is highly recommended.