Google Docs presentation gets real-time collaboration capabilities not unlike those seen in Google Wave when it was still alive and kicking.
(NASDAQ:GOOG) Oct. 18 upgraded its Google Docs presentations capabilities,
adding real-time collaboration capabilities and more than 50 other new features
to better compete with Microsoft Office Web Apps and other tools.
presentations won't be mistaken for Google Wave, the failed collaboration
platform that leveraged XMPP to run in real time. However, the online
presentation tool has been upgraded to let multiple users edit content in real time,
character by character, from anywhere, one of the hallmarks of Wave.
are made to be shared-whether it's presenting your thesis to your professors or
inspiring colleagues at a conference," said Google software engineer Steven Saviano in a blog post
"And the best presentations are made together, collaborating with others
to build a compelling story that captivates your audience."
Users will be
able to see who is working on what presentation via colorful presence markers,
access revision history to check out who made changes to what presentations,
and start a conversation with the application's built-in chat capability.
Also in the
mix are the ability to easily move between slides with fades and 3D effects;
animations; new themes; drawing capabilities to build new designs, layouts and
flowcharts within a presentation; and rich tables with merged cells and more
the new Docs presentations are gradually rolling out, though users can click on
the gear icon in their document list, select document settings and check the
box from the editing tab to create new presentations with the new presentation
presentations also won't be mistaken for the on-premise Microsoft Office
PowerPoint application, though it's certainly on par with Microsoft Office Web
Apps, the software giant's Web collaboration suite.
that most of the new presentation features leverage HTML5, which is supported
in modern Web browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox 4 and later. Those
using an older browser will be able to view, but not edit, the new
presentations, explained Saviano.
Google explained in its support notes
that users who
are working in Safari 4 or Internet Explorer 8 and want to create a Google
presentation using the latest version will need to install Google Chrome Frame
or use another supported browser.
use Google Apps, you may be unable to upgrade your browser on your own. In this
case, please contact your administrator or your IT support for further
assistance," Google added
presentations are long overdue, coming more than a year and half after Google launched new document, spreadsheet and drawing editors
HTML5 to boost speed.