Here are nine Google Docs add-ons that we found useful and easy to use when writing, editing and sharing documents.
The Lucidchart uses HTML5 to insert and create charts, diagrams, mind maps and more easily and quickly. Users can choose from hundreds of shapes and designs and even drag and drop their own images into a diagram or chart.
Custom templates can be made for shared use across organisations too, making this an excellent tool for startups creating a uniform business style.
AppSheets is an add-on available in Google Docs that can put your data into a readable app. Here's how:
- Create a document template with placeholders for input fields.
- Launch the AppSheet add-on from your add-ons menu.
- Click "prepare" and then "launch" within the AppSheet sidebar. This will take you to www.appsheet.com in a new browser tab.
- If this is the first time you are using AppSheet, you will be prompted to sign in to AppSheet with Google and provide the necessary permissions.
- Voila, you have a mobile app via AppSheet! You can capture data via your mobile app. Each recorded entry results in an email with the data results merged into a copy of the document template.
- From this starting point, choose to modify and enhance your app using the many features in the AppSheet platform. Explore advanced features such as image, scanner and signature capture, as well as rich display of the form responses via maps, image galleries, and charts. (Taken from AppSheet)
This social add-on enables users to save Tweets and search, filter and curate them. Searches can centre on hashtags, @mentions and general search terms.
To enable this add-on, just login to Twitter and allow the add-on to connect.
This add-on is helpful for writing academic papers, but can also be handy if you want to maintain a neat list of your sources when doing research for other kinds of writing. EasyBib does the exacting task of formatting bibliography entries: Enter a book, journal article, or website into its search box, then choose MLA, APA or Chicago style, and press "Add bibliography to doc" to insert the citation.
If you need to sign a document in Google Docs, HelloSign will let you sign your signature in a box, and then you can drag and paste the signature onto the document.
To make a document for other people to sign, you mark an area in the document where you want the signature to be placed; enter their email addresses into the HelloSign tool panel and they will receive the document by HelloSign's servers with instructions on how to sign it online.
Letter Feed Workflows
When you need to have a document approved - not revised - by other people (with whom you are sharing the document through Google Drive), this add-on will coordinate everything. After a designated person has looked over the document, they then click the "approve" button and can add a brief comment. Letter Feed Workflows will keep a tally of the approvals.
This add-on emails a message you compose in Google Docs to addresses listed on a Google Sheets spreadsheet. You can include fields in the message where personalised text goes (e.g. the recipient's name). These fields will be filled in with the corresponding information from the Google Sheets spreadsheet you created containing the email addresses and personal data pertaining to them.
This add-on is made for collaborative working and provides a secure space for shares, centralised documents. Supported by Google cloud, Collavate is available on numerous devices and works as a cross-platform collaboration tool.
This add-on simply sets the Google Translate website tool inside a panel in Google Docs. Technically speaking, it's not a big deal - you can keep translate.google.com open in another Chrome tab. If you happen to be working on a document that requires lots of language translating, though, it could be handy to have this tool more readily accessible on the same page as the document.