Google Spreadsheets




It looks like Google Spreadsheets is getting updated yet again. This time the list of new features is a little bit longer but I think they are still lagging behind Zoho. With how frequently Google has been updating the spreadsheets it shouldn’t be long before they catch up. Here are a few of the new features:

  • You can now share a spreadsheet using a private URL. The URL will be available once you have enabled the “Anyone can View” option.
  • Easily share your spreadsheet with people on your Google contacts list. As soon as you start to type their name it will auto-complete it for you.
  • Save a spreadsheet as a PDF.
  • Save a spreadsheet as ODF (Open Document Format). Great for those people using OpenOffice.org Calc.
  • Multi-line text in cells by using the Alt-Enter or Ctrl-Enter key combination.
  • Up to 1MB file sizes now supported. Many of my spreadsheets still can’t be used because of the 50,000 cell limit. Zoho isn’t plagued with that problem.
  • Improved function selector makes it easier to find the help pages for a specific formula.

I am very impressed with the dedication that Google puts into frequently updating their products. However, I think they still have a lot of work to do before I am able to use the Google Spreadsheets on a more frequent basis. It is cool at first but after you use it for a little while you’ll start to notice the limitation that the Web puts on it.

Zoho also has its limitations but from my experiences they have been much better. I don’t use either service all that much but if I had to choose between the two I would say Zoho still wears the crown.

Hopefully Google gets the chart feature in there soon.