Saturday, September 5, 2009

New update information from Google Blogs (Including Gmail & GApps)

New Grid question type, bi-directional language support, improved summary charts, pre-populated form fields and sign-in to view forms in Google forms

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 10:16 PM PDT

The following updates have been made in Google forms:
– A new Grid question type has been added
– Support for bi-directional languages
– Improved formatting of statistics and better formatting of charts for each question type
– The ability to pre-populate responses in form fields using URL parameters
– The ability to create forms which require sign-in to access

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team and Partner Editions

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

How to access what's new:
To use the new Grid question type, select 'Grid' from the Question type dropdown.

To learn how to pre-populate a form response, click here.

To create a form that requires sign-in to access, click the 'Require sign-in to view this form' option at the top of the form.

For more information:

Directory Sync now supports user suspend and other new use cases

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 11:07 AM PDT

The latest Google Apps Directory Sync version (1.6.7) now supports suspend user functionality and other new use cases to make deployment easier such as:
– The ability to sync users as suspended from LDAP
– The ability to suspend a user in Apps, when the user is deleted from LDAP

Editions included:
Premier and Education Editions

Languages included:
US English

How to access what's new:
To learn more about the latest version of Google Apps Directory Sync, click here

Google Finance for Google Apps Script

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 10:29 AM PDT

The new Finance Service in Google Apps Script supports two new function calls:
– getStockInfo which returns the current market information for a given stock symbol
– getHistoricalStockInfo which returns the historical information for that stock during a specified date range

Editions included:
Premier and Education Editions

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

How to access what's new:
To learn more about using these functions, click here.

For more information:

Four new themes

Thursday, September 03, 2009 10:57 PM

Manu: Hey Jake, you still using that same old theme?
Jake: Well, yeah. I mean, I like it -- but I don't know... I guess it just doesn't feel as new as it used to.
Manu: I hear ya. Well, good news! Today four new themes are out there for everybody. Just go to the Themes tab under Settings...and ta da!
Jake: (click, click) There we go!
Manu: Should we tell people about why we created these four themes?
Jake: We should.
Manu: Assuming they're still reading.
Jake: Right. Okay, well, Gmail themes have been out since November, and I know we were ready for some new ones.
Manu: And we heard some of you asking for new ones too. So we thought about what we wanted to stare at all day long, since we work on Gmail.
Jake: I've been living in Zurich for the last year, and I missed Washington State, where I grew up. The Orcas Island theme definitely takes away a little bit of that homesickness with a new image each day of the week.

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