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Google Docs Improved Charting, Expanded Language Support, Adding HTML to Apps Script

Google Docs recently turned on a few features that let you do more with Docs. Here are the features:

New charting options
Google added a bunch of new ways to make richer charts in Google spreadsheets. You can now control the opacity of an area chart, set fonts to be bold or italic, and label sections of your charts along the axis.

“These new features bring the number of charting improvements up to 30 since the beginning of the year, which is about 1 new feature every 3 days. Some of our favorite charts updates include annotations, error bars, a second Y axis, donut charts, and loads of formatting options,” posted Michael Schidlowsky, Software Engineer.

Google Docs New Charting Options

OCR and spreadsheets support more languages
With Google Docs, “you can upload PDFs and images of scanned text and have them automatically converted into Google documents using our Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology,” Schidlowsky said.

Starting this week, this is available in four new languages: Hebrew, Hindi, Chinese Traditional, and Cherokee. Also, language support got better in Google spreadsheets too. For Hebrew and Arabic speakers, sheets and cells now offer right-to-left support.

More ways to use Google Apps Script including:

  • Support for adding own HTML to your script’s dialogues and pages. “It’s now possible to include more sophisticated HTML, like a table in the dialog that you built,” said Schidlowsky.

    Google Docs now let adding own HTML to Apps Script

  • The option to programmatically set sheet protection in Apps Script. If you’re a teacher, you could add a script that automatically looked at all your spreadsheets and made sure that you’re the only one allowed to edit any sheet named “Grades”.
  • A redesign to the Apps Script menus. Sometimes when you’re starting a new project you’ll want to use scripts that you’ve already created. The menu changes make it easier for you to reuse scripts that you’ve already built and to share your scripts with other people .
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