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Google Sites now offers Page Descriptions, so you can write a summary of the page's content and Google Sites uses this for meta tags on the page. This means when you share or +1 a page via Google+, Like a page via Facebook or when search engines index your site Google Sites will give your Page Description as the snippet text rather than the first piece of text on the page.
See a complete write-up of this new functionality here
A great article by Top Contributor k8oms.
|Buried amongst general Google Docs news are a couple of hidden gems for Sites users|
via Docs Blog by A Googler on 3/6/12
Fresh on the heels of adding discussions to Google presentations and the ability to edit within the Google Docs Android app, we’ve been hard at work on a few other new features to enhance your Google Docs experience.
All your comments--in one tidy place
We just added the discussions feature to Google drawings, and today we’re making it even easier to see a log of all of the comments that have been made whether you’re using drawings, documents, or presentations. Just click on the “Comments” button in the upper right corner of the editor to see a complete history of your discussions. You can reply in line, resolve or re-open comments, link directly to a comment, or change notification settings--without ever leaving the “Comments” menu.
Better text search for PDFs and images
Last month, we launched a feature to let you search for text inside the PDFs in your documents list. Now, using the same optical character recognition technology, you can search for and copy highlighted text when you open a scanned PDF, like a fax or hotel receipt.
It’s not just stuff in your documents list: we’ve also made text in PDFs and images uploaded to Google Sites searchable.
And that’s not all...
In addition to the features that were released today, over the last few weeks we’ve also made a bunch of other changes that you may have noticed. Now you can:
Posted by Ian Kilpatrick, Software Engineer
Google has re-introduced its black navigation bar. Unfortunately for Sites users, Google have decided in their infinite wisdom that the link to Sites should be buried two levels down. To find the link you have to click on 'More' and then on 'Even More' to find it. And I've heard reports that the location of the link on the page that you reach by this varies so you have to hunt around to find it.
And for a lot of users, Sites does not appear at all! If this is the case, all I can do is recommend that you bookmark the page sites.google.com or just type it your their browser address bar.
Can anyone who does not see Sites listed under 'Even More' please
When you upload a file to a Google Site, the spaces in filenames in the URLs used to be stripped. So if a user uploads "AB.gif" and "A B.gif", they were treated as the same and the second one would be uploaded as new version of the first rather than a different file - which was not ideal. This may not have been apparent because until recently, the spaces were still shown in the filenames as displayed by the user interface.
With the recent introduction of a new uploader, embedded spaces are now included in file's URL.
Unfortunately, this has the side effect that if previously you had uploaded a file called:
it was previously stored with the name
If you now upload the same file it will be stored as a completely new file
rather than a new version of the old file.
To make it clear to the user, the user interface now displays the filenames as they appear in the file's URL. So files that had filenames containing spaces that were uploaded prior to the introduction of a new file uploader will now be displayed without spaces since that is how they are (and always were) actually stored.
|Docs and Sites blog post. Sites users, note especially the enhancements to Sites - you have to read down a bit.|
via The Google Apps Blog by Google Docs on 2/7/12
One of the best things about working on web apps like Google Docs is that it gives us the flexibility to frequently bring you new features and improvements. Starting this month, we’re going to make some small changes to how we communicate what’s been happening in the world of Docs. Instead of writing blog posts for each and every minor update, we're going to try bundling them together monthly to give you a detailed overview of our favorite features and a short list of other notable changes to make sure you don't miss out on anything new.
On that note, we’ve got a bunch of new features that launched today, as well as some great things that improved over the month of January.
Customizable styles in documents
Giving your document consistent and beautiful formatting should be easy. Before today, if you wanted to update all the Subtitles in your document to look a particular way, you had to change each of them one at a time. That’s too many steps. Now you can restyle all your regular paragraphs, headings, or titles with just a couple clicks.For example, if you want to update all the Subtitles in your document to be a particular size, set one Subtitle to that size, select it, right click and choose Update Subtitle to match selection. This will change all the Subtitles already in your document and automatically update the style for any new Subtitles you create. Plus, with the new Options menu in the styles dropdown, you can set the current document’s styles as the default for new documents or you can load your default styles into the current document.
Sparklines in spreadsheets and more charting options
In Google spreadsheets, we’ve added more charting options and support for sparklines to make it easier to communicate data. The new options give you a bunch of tools to create more sophisticated charts including different Y-axes on either side of the chart, formatting options for the axis and title text, and all sorts of other customization for how your lines, bars, or pies are displayed.We’ve also added sparklines, which let you display line or bar charts inside of cells and are handy for presenting and comparing data in a simple, bite-sized way. In the example below, we’ve used sparklines to plot currency exchange rates over a 30-day period.
Sharing forms on Google+
Sharing the forms you create in Google Docs with the right people shouldn’t be a hassle. Today we added a Google+ share to the form editor so that you can share your forms directly with your circles with just a couple clicks.
And there’s more…
On top of today’s new features, here are some changes from January that you may have missed:
Posted by: Jeff Harris, Product Manager
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