Google is always releasing new features or apps. Here’s a rundown of some released recently that may have relevance for lawyers…
This is the biggie that some say is a bust. It deserves — and will get — a more thorough review here in due course, once I’ve learned how to use it. In the meantime, look at Lifehacker to see what it’s about; and danieltenner.com to understand better what it might do for firms.
This is a new feature for the Google Toolbar, available for IE and Firefox browsers, that lets you put annotations about a website in a sidebar, so that others who have Sidewiki can see them upon visiting the annotated site. As a publisher of a website, I dislike this idea; I do not want uncontrolled content popping up in intimate connection with Slaw, even it it’s clear to anyone with half a brain that the Sidewiki material is not the product of Slaw… [more on Sidewiki]
You can now use Google Docs to read any PDF, PPT, or TIFF online document. As well, you can create links to any of these documents such that clicking on the link opens it in Docs Viewer. Even more handy, perhaps, is this bookmarklet from Noscope that lets you open a PDF, PPT or TIFF link in the Viewer with two clicks.
To share a group of documents in Google Docs you can now place them in a folder and share that folder. It’s a simple process and the instructions given via the link above are quite clear.