This week Google Drive received a few new updates. One of them is fairly obvious if you collaborated on a document this week. The others were not as obvious, but are none-the-less significant.
Now if when you collaborate on a Google Document you will see the Google+ profile picture of your collaborators. Click the image to learn more about the person. The chat feature of Google Documents is tied to the Google+ integration. Click the new chat icon to start a group chat with your collaborators. It’s important to note that if you have anonymous collaborators (which can happen if you share a document using the “anyone with link” option) they appear as animal avatars. If you’re working in a Google Apps for Education school that has not enabled Google+ you won’t see this new feature either.
We’ve been able to use Google Drive offline for a while now. There are two new aspects of this to note. First, now you can use Google Drawings offline. Second, Google Drive will now automatically synchronize all files that are supported for offline use. You do have to have offline access enabled in order for these two new features to work. Click here for directions on how to enable offline access for Google Drive and remember that you have to enable it on each computer that you plan to use offline.
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