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Google Drawings Gets ‘Revisions, Format Painter, Colors’ and More! Features

Google Drawings today has got a bunch of new features, designed to make editing easier and more collaborative:

  • Presence + Revision history
    First, “presence highlights” are added around shapes. The color that you see beside a person’s name in the sidebar is now used to highlight shapes which the person has selected. In the example below, mfrederick is editing the triangle at the edge of the drawing.

    Google Drawings: Presence

    Second, “revisions interface” is added into the drawings editor that lets you easily see all the edits that went into your drawing. You’ll also see full revision history for any drawings created.

    Google Drawings: Revision history

  • Format painter & recent colors
    New format painter lets you choose a source shape, press the format painter icon to copy its formatting, and then click on another shape to apply that formatting.

    Google Drawings: Format painter

    Colors are a special type of formatting because in drawings you can choose any color value you want. Now, matching colors is even easier with added “color palette,” that shows you up to eight custom colors that you’ve used in your drawings.

    Google Drawings: Recent colors

  • Sub-group selection
    Sometimes you want to modify a single shape from your exisitng group of shapes. Now, you can just select a shape within a group. To do this, first click on any shape in the group, then click again on the specific shape that you want to modify. You’ll see outlines and dragging handles around the entire group and also around the shape you selected.

    Google Drawings: sub-group selection


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