Google Docs Adds Drawing Feature

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Thursday, March 26, 2009

new_docsdrawingsGoogle refuses to stop these days. After upgrading GMail and Google search, its now time for an amazing and yet simple feature for Google Docs, insert drawing. With it you can now create and insert drawings directly into your Google documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The tool, just like Google’s other products, is very easy to use with less clumsy options and good enough to do draw and express. It’s easy to create drawings using lines, free hand scribbles, text labels and a large choice of shapes that you can move, resize, rotate and adjust. Group, order, align and distribute and other features are available when you select objects you’ve drawn.

As Google blog states,

The team and technology behind Insert Drawing originally came from the startup Tonic Systems, which Google acquired in 2007. The drawing feature that we’ve built relies heavily on a relatively new capability in browsers: the ability to render vector graphics. We use the SVG (scalable vector graphics) standard to accomplish this in most browsers and VML (vector markup language) where SVG is not available. Only recently has the performance and ubiquity of such technology enabled us to deliver what we hope is a delightful feature. As browsers continue to improve, we can deliver more and more useful cloud-based functionality.


We are sure that more and more techniques and simple features will be added in regular intervals.

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