It was a short, strange road for Google Wave. Just a little over a year after being announced, the service was scrapped with little warning. While Google plans to use the Wave technologies elsewhere, wave.google.com is only going to be up through the end of the year. Google promised a way to get your existing Waves out, and now they've delivered on that.
Users will be able to export their waves as ZIP files. From within any wave, there will be a new option at the top called Export. Just click it, and choose ZIP, and select include attachments if you want. This will package up all the content in that Wave in one handy package. This works fine for people with only a few important Waves, but power users will find this tedious. Google claims to be working on a method for exporting ore content at once, but no details were given on that.
For most users, this should be enough. Few Wave early adopters used it enough to accumulate a wealth of data there. Are you exporting content from Wave? What sort of Waves are you keeping?
Around six months after it added the drag-and-drop feature to Gmail, Google has now introduced the feature to its web-based productivity suite, giving Google Docs users yet another way of adding images to their documents. The HTML5-driven feature is currently only supported by the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
“Google documents already has three ways to add images: you can choose them from your hard-drive, add them by URL, and you can find them using Google Image Search,” Philipp Weis, a software engineering intern at Google, wrote in a blog post.
“But sometimes the exact image you need is on your desktop and you just want to add it to your document quickly. Starting today, you can drag images from your desktop directly into your documents.”
The drag-and-drop feature is a legacy of the company’s ill-fated collaboration tool Wave.
Google has always touted the collaboration capabilities of its web-based Docs suite. This obviously means that it has something to talk about every time it rolls out a new feature to enhance this particular ability. It has now added “collaborative highlighting” to Docs, which lets users “see the text that other editors are highlighting as they select it.”
According to Peter Solderitsch, a Google Software Engineer, “writing a document collaboratively in Google Docs is like playing a team sport. It’s one thing to see your co-editors’ cursors and know where they are. But to really work well together, it helps to know what they’re about to do. Today we’ve made it much easier to anticipate the changes other editors are about to make.”
Back in April, it launched a new version of Docs with many new real-time collaboration features.
Google unveiled Google Wave, a real time collaboration tool, at Google I/O 2009. There was huge interest at first; many people scrambled to get invites to the service. After all that early attention, Wave has largely been forgotten by the public. Today Google has made the announcement that Wave development will stop at the Googleplex.
It's not going offline right this moment. Google has said they intend to keep the servers operational for now, but the service might be completely shut down eventually. Frankly, Wave really never shook the "beta" feel for us, so stopping development is as good as a death sentence. Much of what was new in Wave, like live typing with remote collaborators, is open sourced and could show up elsewhere.
Google's official line on the rationale for ending the project is pretty matter of fact. "Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked," Google said in the blog post. The Big G also claimed in their post that they are working on tools to help users export their Wave data. Have you been using Wave for anything important, or did it just fade into the background for you? Feel free to express your feelings in the comments.
I'm not going to ask how or why but, for whatever reason, people can sometimes end up with more than one Google account. Maybe you just need double the space in your Gmail; Perhaps you're the poor person who has to control both your personal Gmail and some kind of corporate account for your business. Maybe you just really like Google.
Whatever the reason, you don't really have much of an option for switching between these accounts in Google Chrome. Signing in and out of your respective accounts is your only real choice, and that's a cumbersome process that's going to tie you up in authentication procedures (especially if you aren't saving your passwords via the browser). After you've completed your thirty-fifth consecutive sign-out and sign-in between accounts, you're going to ask for one of two things: a sanity check, or a better way to manage your multiple Google accounts.
I've spoken of the wonders of Chrome's Google Mail Checker Plus extension before. If you missed the memo, here's a quick hit: Mail Checker Plus drops a little icon next to your address bar that gives you a frequent update as to how many unread messages are in your Gmail account. You'd think that was it, given the simplicity of what said extension has to do. However, Google Mail Checker Plus dumps a ton of options into your lap for complete and total customization of this little icon and its functionality, including the ability to drop a preview window that gives you a quick glance as to what said emails actually are, as well as complete color controls and "always-on" SSL connectivity.
Great, eh? But frequent users of Google's services will note that there's more than just Gmail to worry about. What's going on in your Google Reader feed? Any new messages come through Google Voice? What the heck is Wave and how many unread messages do you have on your watery messaging service?
That's where the simplicity of the extension One Number comes into play. To find out what this helpful add-on does, and learn all about its extensive configuration options, hit the jump!
Mozilla just launched the official gallery for this new framework last week. As you might expect, there aren't a ton of browser add-ons to play with. However, I'm going to take a look at five of the more innovative, interesting, and downright install-worthy of the Jetpack add-ons that are currently available in this week's freeware roundup. And remember--you can install and uninstall these add-ons without mucking up your browser session whatsoever, so feel free to be a Firefox Rocketeer and grab as many as you want to try out!
During the Enterprise 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Novell unvieled its Novell Pulse, a real-time social and document collaboration platform for enterprises. And the kicker? It works seamlessly with Google Wave, Novell said.
"We designed Google Wave and its open federation protocol to help people collaborate and communicate more efficiently," said Lars Rasmussen, software engineering manager for Google Wave. "We are very excited to see Novell supporting the Google Wave Federation Protocol in their innovative Novell Pulse product."
Novell Pulse gives administrators to ability to provision sign-on and permissions to both keep data secure and make it possible for workers to collaborate on documents online in real-time. Perhaps more importantly, Novell Pulse is one of the first major Wave providers.
Novell said its Pulse platform will be available in the first half of 2010, with a beta scheduled for earlier in the year.
Google Wave has become an object of desire for many ever since its unveiling back in May. And, while a majority of us will have to wait to use it, Google will open up a preview for some schools and businesses starting this fall.
Since May, Google has been hard at work developing Wave. Having enlisted the help of many developers, they hope to tweak the product before they release it to the public. “While the product, platform and protocols are still being developed, we're extending access to some of the highly collaborative people and communities we hope to benefit in the future – businesses and schools,” wrote Matthew Glotzbach and Stephanie Hannon on the Google Enterprise blog.
If you’re someone that’s hoping to get your school or business involved with the open preview, be sure to sign up here.
On day two of Google's I/O Developer Conference, the search giant announced a new platform called Google Wave. Arguably more ambitious than anything the company has done before, the new service looks to answer the question, 'What might email look like if it were invented today?'
The answer is anything but simple, and apparently it's not Gmail. Instead, Google Wave attempts to fuse what looks like a piece of client software with sophisticated threaded email, plus a whole bunch more. Instant Messaging is a big part of Google's vision for Wave, which will act like an IM when multiple collaborators are online at the same time.
Looking at the screenshots, Wave resembles something of a social networking app, sort of a Google meets Facebook meets Flickr, for lack of a proper description. With Wave, collaborators will have access to workgroup editing and instant photo sharing, and include a 'revolutionary' spell checker.
So what's the point? Well, to take on Microsoft in the online productivity arena, for one (and in a different way than Google Docs). Other possible reasons: to reinvent the web communication experience, to fully embrace the emerging HTML 5 standard, and to continue its domination of all things online.
Google is quick to point out that Wave is still in its infancy, so it might be awhile before we get a real feel for what Wave can offer. In the meantime, there's a ton more information on this interesting new service here and here.