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OREO [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, June 6, 2006
14 years ago84,157 views

Very interesting.. I wonder how much functionality can online-excel application have. Does anyone else know about existing excel-type applications online?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

numsum.com
irows.com

Mahlon [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

From the New York Times:

Google executives said today that the program would make it possible for Internet users to upload two common spreadsheet and data formats, Excel and C.S.V. Once the data is on Google's Web servers, it will be possible for two or more people to simultaneously edit spreadsheet documents and chat about them using Google's instant messaging program.

The new service will be able to handle several hundred formulas used to manipulate data in Excel, but it will not handle more complex functions like Excel macros, said Jonathan Rochelle, the Google Spreadsheets product manager.

nytimes.com/2006/06/05/technol ...

/pd [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Oreo: Yes, check out ..

dabbledb.com/

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

> Does anyone else know about existing excel-type applications online?

Gary Price of ResourceShelf.com points me to this:
zohosheet.com [Edit: fixed URL, thanks Michael!]

Michael White [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

umm, that link is a parked page for me...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

You can digg this here:
digg.com/technology/Google_Spr ...

Randy [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

try

spreadsheets.l.google.com....

ping spreadsheet.google.com:

pinging spreadsheets.l.google.com [216.239.63.91] with 32 bytes of data: reply from 216.239.63.91: bytes=32 time=273ms TTL=236 ......

go to spreadsheets.l.google.com, it's redirected to Google Homepage, now.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

spreadsheet.google.com returns a 404

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Thanks Haochi, I updated the post...

gary price [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

thanks for fixing the url P.L.
I noticed the mistake soon after I posted but for the past several days access to Blogger has been spotty for me and the rest of the RS team. That's why, next week both ResourceShelf and DocuTicker will move (after 5 years) to a new platform.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Why does this follow the Writely acquistion? Writely never had a spreadsheet function. I think the release of Google Word is more likely to come first.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

By the way: I know people expect a Google Office soon but other than all us guys who cant wait to get our hands on anything Googley who is going to use this product?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Also (sorry to triple post) this "limited post" does this mean first come first served?

In which case what time is 9 AM Google Time in the UK?

/pd [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Sam : Solly for the triple reply :)-

take PDT – Zulu and thats what you'll get for time in GMT :)-
"who is going to use this product?" – Me
"Why does this follow the Writely acquistion?" – Capex Flow for Q3/06!

Dan [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

google.com/googlespreadsheets/ ...

Andrew Hitchcock [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Wow, nice catch Dan.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Dan YOU ROCK!

Anyone got an email back?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

You seen that instant chat feature alongside the spreadsheet? That is awesome.

pokemo [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

GREAT!!! Thanks Dan

pokemo [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Currently, Google Spreadsheets is a limited test. You are required to provide them your email address then they will send you an invitation – first-come, first-served.

Good Luck...:)

Aristan [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

The internal links in the FAQ/Tour all go back to spreadsheet.google.com

KenWong [PersonRank 3]

14 years ago #

It was LIVE!

google.com/googlespreadsheets/ ...

Raoul Pop [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I've already had to create a bookmarks folder with all the Google links I use every day. If Google keeps adding to their product list, they're going to have to come up with a better way for me to access all their stuff. Maybe a drop-down menu on the main Google page?

Hashim [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

It's live. I sent in my email to test it.

OREO [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

That's crazy... First day of speculations... product is out now??? Google worked fast behind the scenes..

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Do you think that this is a dummy signup? Other sources say that Spreadsheets is due to be released at 6AM...by which time? Could this just be a non-functioning signup? Because if you enter any gibberish into the box, it will still submit it. It doesn't check for the e-mail to be valid nor for it to be a google account.

OREO [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Interesting thought. Might be true.. We'll see tomorrow morning. As for now, I'm signed up.

Caleb E [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

> That's crazy... First day of speculations... product is out now???
> Google worked fast behind the scenes..

Not necessarily fast, just silently.

OREO [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

True.

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I wish Google Spreadsheets = iRows + More. :-(

elyk [PersonRank 6]

14 years ago #

From what I've read, the release time is due to be 9:00 AM EDT/6:00 AM PDT

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Get up early!

thomas D/ [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

It's open!!!!

Mathias Schindler [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

By following the link, I am able to subscribe to an invitation or something. It is online.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Sam:
> Why does this follow the Writely acquistion?
> Writely never had a spreadsheet function. I
> think the release of Google Word is more likely
> to come first.

I think people simply mention Google Writely (which is after all already a full-fledged Rich Text editor) because it's like "Google Excel" is following "Google Word" now in the Google Office package. And as to who's going to use it: whoever uses office products is a good target group. I mean, once you accept the paradigm that everything will move online, creating a Google Office is smart...

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Everybody must promise not to sell their invites on eBay for rediculous amounts of cents.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Hmmm, will we be able to mass-invite each other by simply sharing Google Spreadsheets documents, like with Writely? :)

Randhir Reddy [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Thx Dan, for the first Screenshots.

I thnk this is gonna be a sure winner, been using Writely for a while now, and i thnk tht is all most of us need for word processing, without bells and whistles and its fast enough, very ajaxy and accessible everywhere with a net conn..

I thnk being Platform Neutral, these tools will find a wider acceptance and to top it, its absolutely Free.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

The Spreadsheet help (via InsideGoogle):
google.com/support/spreadsheet ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

> Hmmm, will we be able to mass-invite each other by simply
> sharing Google Spreadsheets documents, like with Writely? :)

I doubt it. Not in the short term anyway because it's a limited test – and if you could do that, it wouldn't be very limited... ;-)

BTW – the login page is obviously here (not that it's any good unless you've got an invite):

www.google.com/accounts/Servic ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Although, having said that look at this...

<< How do I share a spreadsheet with other people?

Click on the "Show sharing options" link in the upper right area of your online spreadsheet. There, you can enter the email addresses of the people to either give "edit" or "view-only" access. You'll be prompted to send them an email with a link to the spreadsheet. They'll need to create or sign into an existing Google Account using the same email address in order to access the spreadsheet. Note that for now, you'll only be able to invite others using emails which are valid Google Accounts. >>

From: google.com/support/spreadsheet ...

dpneal [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Excellent! This is great news. Do you think Google will offer an office package? (or just put it in Google pack?) And offer an enterprise version of this?

Also, how do you suppose Google will make money from writely and google spreadsheets? ads? or something else?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

From RegisteredUser on Digg:
<<Google Spreadsheets isn't meant to replace Excel. It's definitely not for power users that require complex macros or equations. And it's definitely not for people that need a mission critical spreadsheet application. This is a simple spreadsheet app for simple usage. From my observations, the casual Excel user mainly uses spreadsheets to create lists in tabular form, or they use it to create a simple personal budget. This is the target audience for Google Spreadsheets.

Take another look at the screenshot. The sample spreadsheet they show is a game schedule for a little league team. See what I mean? For people that don't need the full power and capabilities of Excel, Google is offering a simple and free alternative.>>
digg.com/technology/Google_Spr ...

Suresh S [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

[moved from: Google Web Office]

google introduces the office works.

Segu [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Zoho, has an online spreadsheet app. www.zohosheet.com which supports

MultipleSheets
Charting
Formula's
Collaboration

Cheers!

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

> Does anyone else know about existing excel-type applications online?
ajaxxls.com/

Has any one got an Invitation yet?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Not yet, still waiting...

dpneal [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

No not yet. I'm guess we'll have to wait til 9am ET (which is 2pm in the UK) for the invitations to be posted out.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Today Google Spreadsheets launches... and it's amazing how much Google already released during the first half of 2006:

* Google Writely
* Google China
* Google Co-op
* Google Notebook
* Google SketchUp
* Google AJAX Site Search
* Google Related Links
* Google Mars
* Google Page Creator
* Google Calendar
* Google Chat
* Google Pack

Did I miss anything?

Corsin Camichel [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Google Romantic

Pau Tomàs [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Anybody knows if some of the Writely staff is involved in Spreadsheets?

> Did I miss anything?
Google Web Toolkit and Picasa for Linux

/pd [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

has anyone actually received an ACK for the limted test ?

labs.google.com/faq.html#limit ...

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

No mails at all in my inbox (about the Spreadsheet thing)...

Reto Meier [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Pau: I'd say so. Back when Writely was pre-Google owned I had an email conversation with them regarding a spread-sheet app. At the time they were at the early stages of developing one.

I asked them about it again after Google bought them out – but of course they could only say 'no comment' :)

Don Dodge [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Google is directly competing with open source projects like OpenOffice and Sun's free StarOffice.

Google acquired Writely (word processing) and now has a spreadsheet. There was speculation last year that Google would partner with Sun to offer a version of StarOffice. Instead Google has decided to go its own way and compete with OpenOffice and StarOffice.

C/Net says "Google spreadsheets turns up heat on Excel" I don't think so. Microsoft Office is a powerful, industrial strength, client based, information worker productivity platform. Microsoft Office is moving beyond just being a collection of applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) to being a server based application platform for ISVs. Lots of companies run their business on Excel spreadsheets. Now creative start-ups are using Office as a front end User Interface to a whole variety of business applications.

I wrote a blog on this subject today dondodge.typepad.com/the_next_ ...

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

<<Did I miss anything?>>

yes, Google launched in Israel... :) (the company, not the website)

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Wow!!! You guys never miss anything!!! Did anybody get an invite yet??

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

ohh yeah..
and Gmail in Hebrew and Arabic

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

FWIW – spreadsheets.google.com now redirects to:

spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?ne ...

which then redirects to:

www.google.com/accounts/Servic ...

which then appears to do a META / JS refresh to:

google.com/googlespreadsheets/ ...

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Usually they make public the place to enter an invite code if you get one. So, that would lead me to believe that they have not yet "Launched" Of course... this could be the time that changed. Wish I had read the blog and signed up 12 hours ago! Dag!

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

thats odd..
this page (www.google.com/accounts/Servic ...) says the following:

<<Please note: this is a Google Labs product, which means it's just getting onto its feet, you should expect it to be a bit wobbly, and your feedback can help us get it up and running. Enjoy.>>

but its not in labs.google.com/ yet..

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

<Wish I had read the blog and signed up 12 hours ago!>

ditto that.. ;-)

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

9:00 AM here now (ET) ... no change

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

None Here. (We're such geeks)

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

The help section says there's a limit of 100 Spreadsheets per person. Does that mean the ones that are uploaded on to google, or how many different ones you can view?

I think the 2pm GMT thing was a bit wrong.

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

K...seriously – where is it?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Either none of us got in or it's the usual launch delay.

elyk [PersonRank 6]

14 years ago #

> Why does this follow the Writely acquistion?
> Writely never had a spreadsheet function. I
> think the release of Google Word is more likely
> to come first.
Writely had more than the online word processor; it also had a lot of collaboration features which google probably used for gspreadsheet

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I hate delays. If it's released evening Google Time; I won't be awake and I want it today!
Any one want to guess what time (indicate time tone) it will be released.
My go : 5PM (GMT)

dpneal [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

It hasn't gone live on Google labs yet, so I'm guessing it's just a launch delay. Maybe they are enjoying the blogosphere hype too much?!

toml [PersonRank 6]

14 years ago #

i think that invitations are on teh way but not all of us will get it. Imagine how long is the list for signup?....

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

<< I think people simply mention Google Writely (which is after all already a full-fledged Rich Text editor) because it's like "Google Excel" is following "Google Word" now in the Google Office package. And as to who's going to use it: whoever uses office products is a good target group. I mean, once you accept the paradigm that everything will move online, creating a Google Office is smart... >>

Yes I see what you mean. From the look of some of the features perhaps they used some of the shairng features that Writely developed too.

No invite here yet either.

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Don Dodge: If MS is already posting that kind of stuff, even before the product has even been launched, you must be really scared... Why???

From Don's weblog:
Don is currently Director of Business Development for Microsoft's Emerging Business Team.

Randy [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Umm...make sure to check out your Gmail spam folder, maybe it's already there:P

JE [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Maybe they meant 9am PDT, why would they release it at 6am?

Jon M [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

any correlation between today being "the day of the beast" 06/06/06 and google launching their spreadsheet? at least both are numbers things.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I dare someone to go and make the group:

Google-Labs-Google-Spreadsheets

on Google Groups.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Well, Google-Labs-Spreadsheets already exists but membership is invite only.

groups.google.com/group/Google ...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Damn. Fancy making it invite only. Surely you may want to see what people are saying about it even if you cant get into the service yourself. Also: it isn't going to stop people that are in talking about it is it?

b.l.o.g.s

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

My guess is that they just didn't want loads of people signing up to it posting: "When's it going to be released?!?" They'll probably open it up once Google Spreadsheets if "officially" launched.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Invite is here.

Screenshots coming.

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

No way...when did you sign up?

Ken Kuhl [PersonRank 7]

14 years ago #

I was thinking (like JE) that it's probably 9 AM PDT, too. 6 AM (PDT) seems a little early for the folks @ Google HQ.

or [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I got an invite

Randy [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Yeah, got it too!!!

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I can invite people it seems too. I have invited Philipp. We'll see if he gets an account etc.

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

GRR when did you people sign up?

Ken Kuhl [PersonRank 7]

14 years ago #

:-(No invite for me (yet), but I was late signing up. I'm sure with all the pre-release press this received they were inundated w/ sign-ups.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

When Dan posted the link above.

I am not sure whether people I share it with GET an account. Philipp if you could confirm this that would be great.

Randy [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

screenshot


static.flickr.com/67/161672138 ...



Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I received an invite from Sam for a shared document (thanks!) but clicking it only brought me back to the "sign up for an invite" page. Can you post screenshots here?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

(OK, no asking for invites at this thread at this time please... it won't help anyway, sharing documents does *not* result in an invitation.)

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Sorry

Randy [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I have received the invites in my another email address, but I don't know how to invite, will 'share' work????

Jason [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

whoops i see, sorry

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Ok. I am just getting the screenshots uploaded....

flickr.com/photos/davyson/sets ...

toml [PersonRank 6]

14 years ago #

sorry

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Things I notice:

You cant DRAG formulas.
When you enter stuff into the boxes the blue bit extends over the egd of the box (awkward looking).
When you merge cells you can only do it horizontally. Cells displaced vertically from each other can not be merged.
The thing they have done at the top with the different tabs for formatting / formulas etc is interesting.
CTRL + C etc did NOT work for copying. You had to use the button at the top.
Copying & pasting formulas did update them intelligently (i.e. the row number changed etc).

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

No invite here..... guess I was after the cut.... or they are still sending them. at what time did the invites hit your mailboxes guys?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Can you create pie charts/ graphics?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Also:

Very fast loading.
New spreadsheet opens a new windows (this is Writelyesque).
New sheets can be added to the same book at the bottom (same window).

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

No graphics. I think it said that in one of the press releases / news items too.

Invite hit at: 2.35 PM UK Time.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Philipp I have sent you an email. It is all ready.

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

You are lucky, Sam.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Dan: can you email me your address so that we can play with the chat feature.

Or add me to one of your sheets. The address is myname[put at-character here]gmail.com

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #


static.flickr.com/75/161682500 ...



Chat!

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

well, I'd say I officially missed the boat. Bummer! Maybe they'll do another few hundered later today.

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Haha, got an invite!

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Travis: Luckily you will experience the feel of Google Spreadsheets today. Philipp is whipping up a review.

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Travis: It seems you and me are not alone. I've signed up with several e-mail addresses. None of them had the luck to receive an invite. I'll keep on waiting...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Maximo: What is your email address? Let me add you to one of my sheets (or you can add me – myname[put at-character here]gmail.com)

Jon M [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

chat looks pretty cool...

is it just me or did this spreadsheet launch seem to come out of no where?

aren't there many other things that we've been speculating google to launch before this? i guess they're capable of doing whatever they want whenever they see fit.

or [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I'm currently using dial-up from my laptop, and this thing loads very fast. I feel like I'm using a high speed connection while using it – it's faster than Gmail.

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I have several other Google accounts which also got the invite. I'd be willing to donate them for the benefit of all, let me know if anybody's interested.

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Sam: Sent.

Jon M [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

maximo, i'd be interested, jonathan.w.meyer[put at-character here]gmail.com

Gordo [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

I'd love one Maximo.

dberglind at gmail.com

Reto Meier [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Maximo, I'd love to check it out – retossoftware at gmail.com

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

<<it's faster than Gmail.>>

Gmail used to be instant (less than 1/10th second) for almost all of it's use. It was when it grew sooo popular that it slowed down... or maybe it is the size of our accounts? or both? You would think Google would not have the same problem that Outlook/Thunderbird has (big account = unusable)

paulnstone [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

[mynameabove[[put at-character here]gmail.com

I've got my finger's crossed!! :)

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Maximo if you have one left trex005 at (the usual gmail domain)

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I meant for the benefit of the entire forum. Maybe that was a mishap. Lets wait and see how many people get invites. I'm sure Philipp wouldn't appreciate this thread turning into a request forum. So I suspend my offer temporarily – it was done in the heat of "I'm-so-cool-I-got-a-beta-invite" insanity. Sorry.

Page [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Maximo, If you still have an invite My email is page (at) zenofip (.) com
   Thank you

Sunil Nair [PersonRank 9]

14 years ago #

Just got the invite to Spreadsheet. Took it for a spin and find it pretty darn good. Almost like Excel. Will work it a little more in due course.

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Lol.... that was quite a scurry to give you an Email address :)
Of course, I could plead my case :) I always give extensive product reviews on Google's new products. :o)

Alright... probably did not work... but it was at least worth a shot!

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Sunil... when you say "Just" what time did it hit your inbox. maybe they are still sending?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

It is nice to see Google picking features up from other services. Lets see:

-- Chat from Gmail.
-- Autosave from Gmail.
-- Maybe some stuff from Writely for the sharing (it live updates).

Jason [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

maximo, did you say signed up around midnight?

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

<maybe they are still sending?>

i sure hope they are!!

Sunil Nair [PersonRank 9]

14 years ago #

Travis, that was about 30 mins ago.

dpneal [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Do people who have the invite now have access to the google spreadsheets group?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Oh. Good question...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Answer: No.

OREO [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I got invited! I'm in...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

What is your email? You can join the big test.

dpneal [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

It's not out on Google labs yet. I bet the are still sending out emails. Hopefully I'll get mine soon.

Sunil Nair [PersonRank 9]

14 years ago #

dpneal, nope, do not see any invites as yet.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Anyone who is in... email me with your address and you can be invited into the test sheet that me, Maximo, and Philipp have been playing with.

Richard Shin [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Can you send me an invite please? shin.richard[put at-character here]gmail.com

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

tomkidding.com/uize/uize-js-ap ...

Google could use something like this if they come out with a power point replacement

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I say again (as Philipp said) there is no 'invite' capability. Sharing a document with a non-invitee does *NOT* get them a Google Spreadsheets account. Sorry.

OREO [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

What's your email Sam? I'll send you my email there.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Maximo : No wonder I havn't got an Invite! you took them all! :-)

Do you think Google will release more invites today, or will they make us wait?

toml [PersonRank 6]

14 years ago #

what do you think how many people from the beginig until first invites have been sent could sing up ?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

There is a bug with the chat:


static.flickr.com/65/161698356 ...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

myname[put at-character here]gmail.com

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I meant for the benefit of the entire forum. Maybe that was a mishap. Lets wait and see how many people get invites. I'm sure Philipp wouldn't appreciate this thread turning into a request forum. So I suspend my offer temporarily – it was done in the heat of "I'm-so-cool-I-got-a-beta-invite" insanity. Sorry.

Regardless, (as Philipp said) there is no 'invite' capability. Sharing a document with a non-invitee does *NOT* get them a Google Spreadsheets account. Sorry.

dpneal [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Sorry Sam i can't see it, what is the bug with the chat?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

When you click on the file menu (or various other places) the place where you enter text flies off the screen.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

They have two people loged on to the same account, the third person can't tell who is who but the other two can

dpneal [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Ahh ok. Any amazing new features? or is it pretty much what is in Excel?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Check Philipp's review...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Maximo, you can post your email here if you want, then people can directly email you with requests for invited accounts, or you can open up a new thread dedicated to handing out invites.

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Invites don't work though...maybe I'll be a huge capitalist and sell my other Google accounts that have a spreadsheet invite on eBay.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

yeah.. I just caught up with Philipp's review. I think that the chat within SS is a brillant move.. ..

btw, I am still awaiting an invite ..maybe I am not an early bird ::(-

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

The chat is buggy as mentioned above. Me and Maximo keep finding showing/hiding it causes rendering issues.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Would be interested to know who else has problems playing the WMV movies (or can possibly convert them to MPG):
blogoscoped.com/files/google-s ...
blogoscoped.com/files/google-s ...

/pd [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

It ok.. I see "Name, Age, Job Website " cleaning as the opening the .wmf file

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

they are both working for me.... Did you use camtasia? that is what I use.... I really like it. If not, you should give it a test with the trial. if you like it, it is probably worth the investment for someone like you.

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Philipp: video's are working for me!

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

BTW my personal invitation just arrived:

"Thanks for signing up to use Google Spreadsheets! Your Google account associated with this email address (...) has been activated, so you can begin sharing spreadsheets on the web!"

YEAH!!!

simon Roe [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Art-One, when did you ask for it? How long was it from asking to getting?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

> Did you use camtasia?

I used Windows Media Encoder. Hi quality, but unfortunately no direct MPG support. Will check Camtasia.

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

You now can't invite people who don't have a Google Account:


aycu33.webshots.com/image/1752 ...


[edited link]

Ouch.

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

> Simon Roe: I asked for it this morning. It must have been 8 hours from now I think... They were not sending yet at that moment...

Maximo [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

PS: Tried to invite somebody with a GMail account...got the same message. I bet Google is just blocking invites for everybody right now.

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Question: will Google support the ODF standard?

iZeitgeist [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I logged without an invitation!!

Some screenshots:


aycu08.webshots.com/image/1487 ...



aycu02.webshots.com/image/1721 ...



(I am getting an error when trying to upload an .xls file)

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Anyone else able to do this?

iZ: You should be invited to the group one.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Got my invite now!

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

> Anyone else able to do this?

Nope. I guess iZeitgeist has got an invitation coming his way and he's just tried logging in before he received it. I can't login yet though and I requested an invite around 9:00 AM (UK time)...

Jon M [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

i also was able to log in without an invite... just went to spreadsheet.google.com and there was a spread sheet on my screen

maybe they'll be sending me an invite soon, i'm not really sure how google operates all this stuff behind the scenes. seems a little haphazard.

Corsin Camichel [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

They must have secured it very well.
You can not look at the JavaScript sources without an invitation...

/pd [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

yeah I think thats it ..Because Corsin shared the .js and I could not see the basecode

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

BTW – what's going on with the random subdomains? I noticed this earlier after reading Philipp's original post when he mentioned this new subdomain...

a.svc-1.google.com

It looks like some *.svc-1.google.com domains were used for testing the concept behind the spreadsheets.google.com domains. Some of them now redirect to spreadsheets.google.com whereas others redirect to the Google home page:

e.g. you.can.type.whatever.you.like ...

This now also works for the spreadsheets.google.com subdomain (as you can see in the screenshots and videos posted to this site):

i.e. this.should.redirect.to.spread ...

More "fun" with this here: ruscoe.net/blog/2006/06/anothe ... ;-)

/pd [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

yeah your svc-1 link points to my hompy :)-

"SV"C normally stands for "static virtual channel" -does it still represent the same in googlesphere ??

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

it works!!
thanks Tony!! :)
i used this link:
a.svc-1.google.com

and it worked!

thank ou thank you thank..
now ill need to find something to do with it.. :/

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Nice find Tony (might also come in handy for April Fool's) – and they don't seem to exclude the domains from search engines, so they'll get indexed now right?

philipp-was-here.svc-1.google. ...

Jason [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

what is the url for spreadsheet the login page?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I don't think it is up yet!!

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

> what is the url for spreadsheet the login page?

From the invite email:

www.google.com/accounts/Servic ...

Also of interest:

www.google.com/accounts/Login? ...
www.google.com/accounts/Servic ...

/pd [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I got a small hack...for those who dont have invites

sign on == < goto >>

google.com/support/spreadsheet ...

click on spreadsheets.google.com/

and this will get you in without an invite :)_

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Are you sure that works if the Google account used hasn't already received an invite?

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

doesn't work for me... :(

/pd [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I have not received an Invite , yet me is playing!!

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

just got my invite! This is the best Online spreadsheet program(?) I have seen so far. I think they need to add right click menus though.

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

it flashed up an error page for me and then went to the sign up page.
Can't seem to reproduce.... still no invite here.

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

only invited people get to use this chat thing?!

and i can access the GSS, but i still didnt get my invitation. i just type spreadsheets.google.com and it logs me in..

J.P. Tuttle [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Can someone who already has an account invite me? My address is jtuttle[put at-character here]gmail.com. Thanks.

-- J.P.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

the GSS homepage has changed. when did that happen?

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

>Can someone who already has an account invite me?

Invites don't give you access you need an invite from google

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Ok. It is in labs now too.

J.P. Tuttle [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Mrrix32--
I think it works like Writely – you can't invite someone to get an account, but you can invite them to collaboratively edit, which gives them an account.

Not sure, though. Can someone try it anyway?

-- J.P.

J.P. Tuttle [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

I'm in.

Just go to labs.google.com.

Click on the link.

-- J.P.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

You don't get an account when invited in that way JP.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Slight bug. My browser refreshed (I don't know why) and It said I was viewing the file twice and I could chat with my self, Any one else had that? Good thing is I've now seen the chat working.

J.P. Tuttle [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Oh. It doesn't matter anymore. I think it's *really* live or something.

I haven't been invited yet, and I haven't recieved anything from Google. I *did* sign up both this morning and a few times during the day.

I'm using it right now. All I did was go to labs.google.com and click on the Google Spreadsheets link.

Not sure if it'll work for you guys...

-- J.P.

Flex Flint [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

-- Received no invite, yet I am in (submitted e-mail about 6.18hrs earlier)
-- Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V do work.
-- .ods-files can not be uploaded.

Regards,
Flint

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Hey.. I got an invitation!! Yippee!!! Did you get one yet, philipp??

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Got it at 1:47 PM ET

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Has anyone set up a big chat style thing on there yet? if they have could you invite me please? mrrix32 at Gmail

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

any of you who are in on that collaborative spreadsheet, I would appreciate an invite :)

trex005 at (you know the rest)

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Maybe we should created one big Google Blogoscoped spreadsheet ;-)

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

<<Maybe we should created one big Google Blogoscoped spreadsheet>>

cool idea!!

what do you say Philipp?!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Yep, I got mine some hours ago Kirby...

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

the chat doesnt work if the sheet ower is offline..


aycu08.webshots.com/image/807/ ...

kevin [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

i cant get in...anyone have any invites?

Jessica Black [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

5 minute video tour of Google Spreadsheets
blogs.law.harvard.edu/teadams/ ...

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

>>the chat doesnt work if the sheet ower is offline

It looks like only one person was logged in, there's not much point chatting to your self.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

=SUM(A1:A6) works
=SUM(A2:I2) Dosn't

Is there a reason for this?

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Mrrix32: could you still chat if I logged of yesterday?

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Think so. I'm not completely sure, I was verry tired, can't remember much form then.

zauker [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Google Spreadsheet is OpenDocument compliant?

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Zauker: not yet, but i asked the question to them.

In the help google.com/support/spreadsheet ... they say:

"We currently support .xls and .csv file formats, but are planning to expand support for other formats."

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Mrrix32: thx anyway. If you can't remember you must have been drinking. ;-)

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

<<>>the chat doesnt work if the sheet ower is offline

It looks like only one person was logged in, there's not much point chatting to your self.>>

no. ive deleted my username from the list.. :)
i dont really need spammers.. :)

i was there..
otherwise how could i PS this photo? ;)

Eric Chapman [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

The funny thing is that this product from google contains no search abilities at all.

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

right..
but you do have Google Desktop that can check your computer for files..:/

but again, youre right.. and its odd!! very odd!

Peter Tabscott [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Have you guys looked at xcellery.com? This service combines best of both worlds in extending Microsoft Excel with all the advantages of an online spreadsheet. Really cool!

Veldomff [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #


Where is
some help informatione about this site?

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

google.com/support/spreadsheet ...

Dont call me [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

It's up and running. Seems to work fine, but there are not enough features yet to really critique it.

Julik19 [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I know only a site url

Inferno [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Yes its just a being-developed product. It will be the best very soon.

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