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Wilma
06-06-2010, 06:57 PM
I know someone mentioned they use Googledocs. If I use that, can I post a link to a document for others to look at to read only but not change? I would like to show some people what we are planning for workboxes, and I want something I can access away from my home computer, which is why Word or Works is down on the list.

Also, are these not as tempermental as Word?

TIA!

hjdong
06-06-2010, 07:53 PM
Here's the help info from google about sharing documents http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=86152&cbid=-1sp6z8aefmuw4&src=cb&lev=index . I don't really share except with DH so I'm not too concerned with editing, but I know you can make them view only or editable.

I've onlyl had one problem with googledocs - loading an excel sheet but it wouldn't convert - but I am probably a low volume user (I view nearly daily, but don't load or edit but once a month or so). Here's a link to known issues http://docs.google.com/support/bin/static.py?page=known_issues.cs .

Hope that helps.

amphibology29
06-07-2010, 08:31 PM
I use Google docs for just about everything, since we don't have a microsoft-compatible document program on our Mac. I can do everything in Google docs and then I can work on my stuff on any computer, and I don't have to worry about carrying a thumb drive.

If you publish your document as a webpage (one of the options in the sharing menu) then others can view it as long as they have the URL address, and you can set the privacy settings so they can't edit it. My local MOMS Club has our roster hosted this way, so it's online, easy to access, easy to update (I have it set to automatically republish every time a change is made) so no one has to worry if they have the most up to date information, and best of all it's still private. The URL address generated for these pages isn't something anyone is ever going to guess, just a long, random string of numbers and letters so it's as secure as anything in your email account.

Wilma
06-07-2010, 09:06 PM
Thanks! That's what I was looking for.

Topsy
06-07-2010, 10:12 PM
Speaking of Google Docs...here's an article (http://www.secularhomeschool.com/content/162-Using-Google-Docs-to-Streamline-Homeschooling-Tasks) I added a while back about using it for homeschooling!

ginnyjf
06-07-2010, 10:38 PM
You may also want to check out Google Wave here (http://wave.google.com/about.html). I use this all the time when I'm *cough*beta reading Harry Potter fan fiction*cough* I can do a real-time editing session with my writers and the "rewind" function comes in very handy. Let me know if you have any questions about it!

Snoopy
06-07-2010, 10:56 PM
Speaking of Google Docs...here's an article (http://www.secularhomeschool.com/content/162-Using-Google-Docs-to-Streamline-Homeschooling-Tasks) I added a while back about using it for homeschooling!
LOL, I was just chuckling at your screenshot in that article... I don't know how I missed it the first time around but my eye caught the "Webquest: American History Through the Eyes of Paris Hilton" and I thought "WTF?!?" and it was an odd assignment and so I read all the other assignments and I'm laughing outloud. Thanks for this :)

I have Office 2007 on all my PCs but I use Google Docs to keep track of expenses that my ex and I share for our kids. We both update the spreadsheet so we always know where we are with that. Last night I was doing some research for Greg about a new car he wants to buy so I used the Spreadsheet function to share that info with him. I was pretty frustrated though because, as close to Office as it is, it's still pretty basic and has a few glitches. I find it very hard to move information around in the spreadsheet. It probably would have been much faster for me to create it in Excel and then upload it to Google Docs (although Holly reports problems in doing this, I see).

Not Google docs but now that my older kids all have their own gmail addresses and calendars, I have switched my calendar from Yahoo to Google Calendar and now I can invite them to events that I create on mine (like trips that I'm planning this summer) so they know when they can't be scheduling outings with their friends or when I expect them to be home. I psyched about that because this, hopefully, will head off many questions and requests for rides from good old mom this summer.

Also, Google Notebook seems to be akin to OneNote. I love OneNote. I'm using Google Notebook instead of Yahoo Notepad to keep track of some notes that I might want to refer to at any time, no matter where I am.

Snoopy
06-07-2010, 11:00 PM
You may also want to check out Google Wave here (http://wave.google.com/about.html). I use this all the time when I'm *cough*beta reading Harry Potter fan fiction*cough* I can do a real-time editing session with my writers and the "rewind" function comes in very handy. Let me know if you have any questions about it! I didn't know about Google Wave... I'll have to check it out! Thanks, Ginny.

inmom
06-08-2010, 08:22 AM
Thanks for discussing this--I'm a little slow when it comes to technology. This looks like it would come in handy around here.