New in Google Forms 'Printed Forms'; Tests Google+ Integrated 'Google Mine'

You can now print your Google Forms with ease. Google tests new Google+ integrated 'Google Mine' service.

Google Forms adds a new printing options -- now letting you print your Google Forms with ease. Google notes that the forms now looks how they would look when printed. "When you print a form, each question is formatted in a way that makes it simple for people to fill in when printed on paper," informs Google.

It's a much better option than clicking "view live form" and printing the page.

To try it out, just create a form and press the print button. You can find it by clicking the print button from the toolbar or you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+P.

Google also now includes helpful messages like "Example: December 15, 2012" when you're supposed to write a date or "Mark only one oval" when you need to pick a single answer. The text box for longer answers is replaced by a few dotted lines.

Printed Google Forms

In other news, the Knowledge Graph in Google Search now lets you find "similar books" to help you keep your child reading.

"Say that your kid loved Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. Search for [maniac magee] and the Knowledge Graph to the right will show you information, including other books that people search for. When you click on one, you'll see a carousel at the top of the results page showing many books from similar searches. By clicking on a book, you'll learn more about the plotline and hopefully discover new reads," explains Google.

Similarly, to find more works by an authors--just search for [jerry spinelli] and click on Books to see a full carousel of his works.

Find similiar books using Google Search Knowledge Graph

Google is internally testing a new service integrated with Google+ called Google Mine, that keep track of the items you own or you'd like to have and share some of them with your circles.

In short, Google Mine lets you organize the things you own, use, wish for, like to share and more including: gadgets, clothing, electronics, DVDs, cars, bikes or anything!

"Google Mine lets you share your belongings with your friends and keep up to date with what your friends are sharing. It enables you to control which of your Google+ Circles you share an item with. It also lets you rate and review the items, upload photos of them and share updates on the Google+ Stream where your friends get to see and comment on them," reads the description.

The following message is shown after you add an object: "You have just started using Google Mine and have added some items to your collections. Now, you can let your friends know by posting to your Google+ Stream."

Google Mine Google Mine Icons Sprite

Google Mine also enables social interactions with your +Circles and lets you do things such as:

  • "Catalog your belongings, track what you have
  • Review your belongings for your friends to see
  • Control who sees what, track conversations
  • Send requests to borrow or try out friends' stuff
  • Share stuff you wish for, get recommendations
  • Share stuff you are giving away, find takers
  • Follow, browse, search stuff that friends share
  • Search for stuff people have shared on Mine
  • See instant matches for your stuff, and the people in your circles
  • Use What's Hot to follow what others are sharing
  • Organize and share your stuff as lists."

Another cool feature of Mine is a 3D viewer called "Katamari" that uses WebGL to shows your objects.

With Google Mine, you can also ask other people to send you their objects: "You are starting a request for an item. Google Mine will enable you to communicate on this request with the receiver by creating a post to your Google+ Stream, visible only to you and the receiver."

As you can see, the service lets you enter a lot of information about your objects, here are some messages used by Google Mine. For example, you can change the status of an object to "lent", "given away", "got it back", "lost it", "had in the past".

In addition, you can also post videos about the object, write reviews, add it to a wishlist and maybe others can buy it using Google Shopping.

You can also check popular items and the items others have shared.

Additionally, an Android app of Google Mine is also available on Bazaar, Google's internal Play Store.

[Thanks, Florian, Alex]