Video: Google Drawings vs alternatives

Last updated: April 13, 2010

Google Drawings | website

Collaborative whiteboard in Google Docs. Drawings may be collaboratively co-edited, downloaded into standard formats and copy and pasted into Google Docs.

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Recent Google Drawings news:

07.01.19. Google Drawings can now be embedded into Google Docs and easily updated

Google Drawings will soon feature improved Google Docs integration by allowing a direct and updating embed. At the moment, users have to manually create a new drawing from the Google Docs insert menu. A separate window opens to allow users to work on a Google Drawings file, with the ability to insert once they are finished editing. With the new integration, heading to “Drawing” in the “Insert” menu will reveal a new “From Drive” option that opens up a Drive file picker to select an existing Drawings file. Once embedded, the drawing is linked to that doc, with users able to update it if changes are made to the source. You can also unlink the work to make further customizations and edits that won’t be reflected.


2010. Google Docs adds Visio killer, collaborative editing in Google Wave style

When Microsoft demoed the Office Web Apps, we noted that nobody knows what will Google Docs look like when Office 2010 finally launch. MS Office Web will appear at least in 2 months and this question is still relevant. While Microsoft is fixing bugs in its web office, Google is constantly improving Docs. The new version of Google Docs features the significantly improved collaborative editing technology. It has a sidebar, which displays a list of users who are editing or viewing the document right now. On the same panel is chat. Each user is assigned a color and you can watch in real-time how your co-workers edit document (like in Google Wave or Etherpad). Moreover, this technology works in text documents and spreadsheets, and in the new Google Drawings. Google Drawings at first glance looks like a lightweight MS Visio. It allows to draw simple diagrams and graphic plans.