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posted 29 Sept 2015, 03:25 by Philip Ridout   [ updated 29 Sept 2015, 03:25 ]

Google Sites News by perjury is dead...

posted 29 Aug 2012, 07:44 by Philip Ridout

Long live Google Sites News by perjury !

I have decided to discontinue updating this announcements page on Sitesguide in favour of using the content curation tool

In future, I will post items that I think are of particular interest about Google Sites on this site:

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Awesome Tables for Google Sites

posted 14 Aug 2012, 04:03 by Philip Ridout   [ updated 21 Jun 2013, 00:50 ]

Marvelous gadget from Romain Vialard!
A gadget to create a table from a spreadsheet and add interactive controls to manipulate the data it displays.

Page Description - Meta Description Tag & Snippets

posted 27 Jul 2012, 08:44 by Philip Ridout

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 

Mobile Redirect - by k8oms

posted 11 Apr 2012, 05:00 by Philip Ridout

A great article by Top Contributor k8oms.

There have been requests in the help forum for a method of automatically redirecting a desktop site to the mobile site for visitors using mobile devices. Someone posted some JavaScript that would accomplish this task. Since JavaScript is not allowed in Google Sites a gadget must be used. Bob shows how to do this:

I would like to announce the new URL for ...

posted 3 Apr 2012, 04:35 by Philip Ridout   [ updated 3 Apr 2012, 04:35 ]

James Ferreira
I would like to announce the new URL for the Google Apps Script Examples site and some new help. +Romain Vialard has agreed to partner with me to bring you some exciting new services that are going to make using Apps Script so much easier. Be sure to stop by.
Google Script Examples
A place to learn about Google Apps Script. Easily the largest collection of examples on the web. Thank you for visiting, James Ferreira
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Add custom Javascript and CSS to your Sites and improved search capabilities

posted 7 Mar 2012, 01:01 by Philip Ridout   [ updated 7 Mar 2012, 01:01 ]

Buried amongst general Google Docs news are a couple of hidden gems for Sites users


Sent to you by Perjury via Google Reader:


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:
  • Add custom Javascript and CSS to your Google Sites 
  • See full names in document and presentation comments (instead of showing email addresses) 
  • Use keyboard shortcuts for navigating between table cells in documents 
  • Cancel running scripts from the Google Apps Script editor 
  • Add donut charts and error bars in spreadsheets 

Posted by Ian Kilpatrick, Software Engineer


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Google Navigation bar and Google Sites

posted 20 Feb 2012, 04:55 by Philip Ridout   [ updated 25 Jun 2012, 03:21 ]

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 or just type it your their browser address bar.

Can anyone who does not see Sites listed under 'Even More' please
a) Tell us which country you are accessing from
b) post the url of the 'Even More' page you are seeing

Google are aware of this issue and are investigating (and have been for some time, so don't hold your breath!)

Spaces in names of attached files

posted 9 Feb 2012, 06:56 by Philip Ridout   [ updated 9 Feb 2012, 07:14 ]

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:
    "A File.doc"
it was previously stored with the name
If you now upload the same file it will be stored as a completely new file
    "A File.doc"
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.

January in Review: Enhancements to Sites

posted 8 Feb 2012, 00:35 by Philip Ridout   [ updated 8 Feb 2012, 00:35 ]

Docs and Sites blog post. Sites users, note especially the enhancements to Sites - you have to read down a bit.


Sent to you by Perjury via Google Reader:


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:
  • Adding images to your docs from a high quality stock photo gallery. Simply go to Insert > Image, select Stock photos, and then search for the images that you want.
  • A more streamlined format for document discussion notifications that batches multiple discussions into a single email.
  • Quickly opening and selecting items from specific menus with keyboard accelerators. For example, when using Google Chrome, Ctrl+Option+E on a Mac and Alt+E on Windows or Linux will open the Edit menu.
  • Copying and pasting via the context (right click) menu in documents when you have the Chrome App installed.
  • Easily adding Google drawings or Google Groups discussions to a Google Site from the Insert menu.
  • Progress bars while uploading files to Google Sites.
  • Searching for text inside of PDFs in your documents list using Optical Character Recognition
If you’d like to learn more about what we’ve been up to in January, I’ll be doing a Hangout On Air later this week this to talk about these changes and listen to your feedback. Stop by our Community Manager Teresa’s Google+ page on Thursday, February 9 at 12 p.m. EST to tune in.

Posted by: Jeff Harris, Product Manager


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