Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Third-Party Add-ons for Google Docs

Rachel King (via Hacker News):

The tools and APIs for add-ons are available to everyone. The Google Apps team only steps in ahead of final publication to the store.

From there, developers can submit working prototypes of add-ons to Google Apps for admission. At launch, Google has 25 add-on partners. Add-ons will do everything from print labels to customize emails. For instance, PandaDoc is an add-on that allows you to create legally binding documents with digital signatures, notations and other features.

Saurabh Gupta:

You use Google Docs and Sheets to get all sorts of stuff done—whether you’re staying up late to finish that final paper or just getting started on a new project at the office. But to help take some of that work off your shoulders, today we’re launching add-ons—new tools created by developer partners that give you even more features in your documents and spreadsheets.

Dan Lazin:

Docs and Sheets add-ons are powered by Google Apps Script, a server-side JavaScript platform that requires zero setup.

It seems odd that we’re now at the point where Web apps are more customizable than desktop ones.

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