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Google updates Docs, adds 450 new fonts and 60 templates

Google has been quietly ramping up the skill set of its online office suite Google Docs. Last week in fact, a major overhaul was given with the integration of Google Drive and today Google has taken t

Google has been quietly ramping up the skill set of its online office suite Google Docs. Last week in fact, a major overhaul was given with the integration of Google Drive and today Google has taken things one step further. Now Google has added 450 new fonts and 60 new templates in its template gallery. Other updates include support for screenreaders in docs, more support for adding images in docs including support for Google Drive and webcams. Docs users can also find images in the LIFE Photo archive and insert them in the documents.

Perhaps, the addition of new fonts is quite a big deal as previously users were limited to only six fonts – Arial, Georgia, Trebuchet, Courier, Verdana and Comic Sans. In the meanwhile checkout the whole list of updates Google has posted below.

  • Google Drive launched as a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all your stuff.
  • There are now a few more options for inserting images in Docs, including inserting from Google Drive, searching for images from the LIFE Photo archive, or taking a snapshot with your webcam.
  • Charts in spreadsheets now has support for minor gridlines and options to customize the formats of axis labels
  • Accessibility in Docs got better with support for screenreaders in presentations and with the addition of NVDA to our list of supported screenreaders.
  • From File > Page setup… you can now set the default page size for your new documents.
  • It’s now easier for speakers of right-to-left languages by automatically showing bidirectional controls when you type in a language that might use them.
  • Apps Script had many improvements, including
  • A new ScriptService for programmatically publishing your scripts and controlling when they run.
  • A new function to find the root folder of someone’s Drive.
  • An increase in the allowed attachment size in emails from 5MB to 25MB.
  • An increase in the size of docs files allows users to create from 2MB to 50MB.
  • There are now over 60 new templates in the template gallery.
  • Published Date: May 3, 2012 11:41 AM IST