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Google Docs Adds ‘Drawing Connectors, Hidden Controls; and More Features

Google Docs made released following features:

  • Connectors in drawings: Starting today, all new lines can connect to shapes making it easier to create flowcharts and complex diagrams. Connectors are especially helpful for complex drawings with lots of shapes and lines.

    To use a connector, start drawing a line and move your cursor near an existing shape. You’ll see small red dots, showing you the points on the shape that you can connect to. Release your mouse when you’re hovering over a point, to connect the line to that point.

    Google Docs Connectors

  • Insert images directly from Picasa, the image dialog will let you insert those images directly into documents and drawings.

    Google Docs: Picasa images

  • Hidden controls: In addition to compact controls to document editor. Now, compact controls added to drawing editor as well. Also added a new feature to both documents and drawings: hidden controls. Choosing View -> Hide controls will hide the title bar, menu bar, and toolbar. Once you’ve hidden the controls, you can always press Esc to make them appear again.
  • Now support WMF (Windows Metafile) files upload and converting them into Google drawings. To import a WMF file to drawings, start with a WMF file you own on your computer.

    Go to upload page in Docs, and select the image that you’ll be uploading. Make sure to check the box to automatically convert files to corresponding Docs formats.

    Google Docs WMF Files

    When you click uploaded file, it’ll open in drawings. From there it’s easy to view the image, or to edit it yourself.


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