Google Apps Hacks

Philipp Lenssen



Can Google applications really become an alternative to the venerable Microsoft Office suite? Conventional wisdom may say no, but practical wisdom says otherwise. Right now, 100,000 small businesses are currently running trials of Google office applications. So are large corporations such as General Electric and Proctor & Gamble. Google Apps Hacks gets you in on the action with several ingenious ways to push Google's web, mobile, and desktop apps to the limit.

The scores of clever hacks and workarounds in this book help you get more than the obvious out of a whole host of Google's web-based applications for word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint-style presentations, email, calendar, and more by giving you ways to exploit the suite's unique network functionality. You get plenty of ways to tinker with:

  • Google Documents -- Share and edit documents with others in real time, view them on the run with Google Docs mobile service, and use Google Notebook for web research

  • Google Spreadsheets -- Add real-time data to spreadsheets, and generate charts and tables you can embed in web pages

  • Google Presentations -- View them on a mobile phone and save them as video

  • Gmail -- Send email to and from a mobile phone, adjust Gmail's layout with a style sheet, and a lot more

  • iGoogle -- Create your own gadgets, program a screenscraper, add Flash games, and more

  • Google Calendar -- Add web content events, public calendars, and your Outlook Calendar to this application

  • Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google SketchUp: the new 3D modeling software tool

  • Picasa, YouTube, and Google Video -- discover new ways to customize and use these media management apps

In addition, Google Apps Hacks outlines ways you can create a simple web site with nothing but Google tools, including Page Creator, Blogger, Google Analytics, and content from other Google apps. This amazing collection just might convince you that Microsoft Office is not the last word in business applications. The price is certainly right.


Google應用程式真的能成為傳統的Microsoft Office套件的替代品嗎?傳統的智慧可能會說不,但實際的智慧卻說另外一回事。目前,有10萬家小型企業正在試用Google辦公應用程式。大公司如通用電氣和寶潔公司也在使用。《Google Apps Hacks》將帶您參與其中,以多種巧妙的方式充分發揮Google的網絡、移動和桌面應用程式的潛力。


- Google文件:與他人實時共享和編輯文件,使用Google Docs移動服務在移動設備上查看文件,使用Google Notebook進行網絡研究。
- Google試算表:向試算表添加實時數據,生成可嵌入網頁的圖表和表格。
- Google演示文稿:在手機上查看演示文稿,並將其保存為視頻。
- Gmail:使用手機發送和接收郵件,使用樣式表調整Gmail的佈局等等。
- iGoogle:創建自己的小工具,編寫屏幕抓取程式,添加Flash遊戲等等。
- Google日曆:添加網絡內容事件、公共日曆和Outlook日曆到此應用程式。
- Google閱讀器、Google地圖、Google地球和Google SketchUp:全新的3D建模軟體工具。
- Picasa、YouTube和Google視頻:發現自定義和使用這些媒體管理應用程式的新方法。

此外,《Google Apps Hacks》還介紹了使用Google工具創建簡單網站的方法,包括Page Creator、Blogger、Google Analytics和其他Google應用程式的內容。這個令人驚奇的合集可能會讓您相信,Microsoft Office不是商業應用程式的最終選擇。而且價格當然是合理的。