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Google Docs Viewer supports 12 more file formats

Bangalore: Google Docs Viewer has been updated by Google. Earlier, the online document viewer allowed any user to view files from within any web-browser without having them to download it onto their computers. Now the viewer will support files from 12 different formats, which can be viewed in the similar way.
The list of various file types which are now supported by Google Docs Viewer includes:Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)
- Apple Pages (.PAGES)
- Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
- Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
- Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
- Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
- PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
- TrueType (.TTF)
- XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
Along with this, by using the viewer, users can have a more secure way of viewing files. According to Anil Sabharwal, Product Manager, Google Docs, the viewers also helps in time-saving as well as in keeping the drive clutter-free. These files can be viewed by just clicking on the 'View' link from within Gmail. The updation will work in mobiles too, making it easier for the users to use Google Docs for various purposes.Google Docs is Google's "software as a service" version of an office suite. Documents, spreadsheets, forms and presentations can be created within the application itself, imported through the web interface, or sent via email.

They can also be saved to the user's computer in a variety of formats (ODF, HTML, PDF, RTF, Text, Microsoft Word). By default, they are saved to the Google servers. Opened documents are automatically saved to prevent data loss, and a revision history is automatically kept. Documents can be tagged and archived for organizational purposes. The service is officially supported on recent versions of the Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome browsers running on Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, and Linux operating systems.
There is a limit on how much a user can store on their account. Individual documents may not exceed 1GB as of 13 January 2010,embedded images must not exceed 2MB each, and spreadsheets are limited to 256 columns, 200,000 cells, and 99 sheets. In September 2009, an equation editor was added which allows rendering in LaTeX format. However, Google Docs lacks an equation numbering feature.

Google Docs serves as a collaborative tool for editing amongst users and non-users in real time. Documents can be shared, opened, and edited by multiple users at the same time. In the case of spreadsheets, users can be notified of changes to any specified regions via e-mail. The application supports two ISO standard document formats: OpenDocument (for both opening and exporting) and Office Open XML (for opening only). It also includes support for proprietary formats such as .doc.


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