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Build data-rich presentations in seconds with integrated apps and the Slides API

Category: Gmail | Nov 9, 2016

Presentations are a staple in business communication. When done right, they help tell a story that can captivate, persuade, or inspire audiences. But crafting that story can be tedious, especially if you’re constantly flipping between screens to copy and paste charts, images, or figures into your slides.

If only there was an API for that….

Today, we’re announcing the general availability of the Google Slides API which gives developers programmatic access to create and update presentations in Slides from any data source. We previewed the Slides API at I/O earlier this year to change how business presentations are built. Now, your teams can use a number of ready-to-go integrations to turn your business data into presentations, with just a click.

Build beautiful, up-to-date presentations in seconds using Conga, Trello, Lucidchart and Zapier

Whether you’re looking to populate a quarterly business review (QBR) deck, add specs for weekly design review slides, or refresh event registration data for your daily update, the third-party apps below let you quickly and easily build beautiful, data-rich presentations.

  • Generate your next QBR deck with Conga: Conga makes document creation and reporting for Salesforce easy. With its Slides API integration you can create a quarterly business review presentation in Slides from your standard Salesforce Account records in seconds. Read more here.

Conga gif

  • Create vivid project updates with Trello: Trello helps you organize and prioritize project information in highly visual ways. With its Slide API integration, you can turn any Trello board or set of cards into a Slides presentation with just a click. Read more here.

trello gif

  • Review complex visualizations with Lucidchart: Lucidchart helps you create complex diagrams and visuals easily. With its Slides API integration you can export flowcharts, mockups, and other such visuals, break them into slides to cover specifics in more detail, and rapidly iterate on the content. You can find Lucidchart on the G Suite Marketplace and read more about the integration here.
  • Create and respond to custom proposals requests with Zapier: Zapier lets you create and automate business workflows. With its Slides API integration you can create, collaborate, and share dynamic presentations using Slides with just a few workflow rules. You can get started with the Slides integration on Zapier or learn more about it here.

All of these app integrations are available to try today — and this is just the beginning. We’re working with many other software vendors, including ProsperWorks, AODocs and Form Publisher to help you do more in less time in all sorts of ways.

Developers can start using the Slides API today. Documentation and demos are available at developers.google.com/slides and they can read more about it here.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/W3uoXW2gvfE/

Build data-rich presentations in seconds with integrated apps and the Slides API

Category: Gmail | Nov 9, 2016

Presentations are a staple in business communication. When done right, they help tell a story that can captivate, persuade, or inspire audiences. But crafting that story can be tedious, especially if you’re constantly flipping between screens to copy and paste charts, images, or figures into your slides.

If only there was an API for that….

Today, we’re announcing the general availability of the Google Slides API which gives developers programmatic access to create and update presentations in Slides from any data source. We previewed the Slides API at I/O earlier this year to change how business presentations are built. Now, your teams can use a number of ready-to-go integrations to turn your business data into presentations, with just a click.

Build beautiful, up-to-date presentations in seconds using Conga, Trello, Lucidchart and Zapier

Whether you’re looking to populate a quarterly business review (QBR) deck, add specs for weekly design review slides, or refresh event registration data for your daily update, the third-party apps below let you quickly and easily build beautiful, data-rich presentations.

  • Generate your next QBR deck with Conga: Conga makes document creation and reporting for Salesforce easy. With its Slides API integration you can create a quarterly business review presentation in Slides from your standard Salesforce Account records in seconds. Read more here.

Conga gif

  • Create vivid project updates with Trello: Trello helps you organize and prioritize project information in highly visual ways. With its Slide API integration, you can turn any Trello board or set of cards into a Slides presentation with just a click. Read more here.

trello gif

  • Review complex visualizations with Lucidchart: Lucidchart helps you create complex diagrams and visuals easily. With its Slides API integration you can export flowcharts, mockups, and other such visuals, break them into slides to cover specifics in more detail, and rapidly iterate on the content. You can find Lucidchart on the G Suite Marketplace and read more about the integration here.
  • Create and respond to custom proposals requests with Zapier: Zapier lets you create and automate business workflows. With its Slides API integration you can create, collaborate, and share dynamic presentations using Slides with just a few workflow rules. You can get started with the Slides integration on Zapier or learn more about it here.

All of these app integrations are available to try today — and this is just the beginning. We’re working with many other software vendors, including ProsperWorks, AODocs and Form Publisher to help you do more in less time in all sorts of ways.

Developers can start using the Slides API today. Documentation and demos are available at developers.google.com/slides and they can read more about it here.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/PlpjIBGUZ6k/

Gmail and Google Calendar get a whole lot better on iOS

Category: Gmail | Nov 7, 2016

Today we’re making some changes to the Gmail and Google Calendar apps on iOS.

The new Gmail app for iOS

When you get the next Gmail iOS app update, you’ll notice some exciting changes: The biggest overhaul of the app in nearly four years. It’s the Gmail you know and love, with a fresh new look, sleeker transitions and some highly-requested features. It’s a lot faster, too.

With the new app, getting things done on the go is a lot easier — whether you’re trying to find a message your colleague sent you last month, or trying to get through your work inbox on a Monday morning.

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Starting today, you’ll be able to:

  • Undo Send, just like you do on the desktop, to prevent embarrassing email mistakes

  • Search faster with instant results and spelling suggestions (like when you type “flighht,” but you really meant “flight”)

  • Swipe to archive or delete, to quickly clear items out of your inbox

Gmail_on_iOS_Undo-Send_0.gif

Google Calendar: Updated for you

Based on your feedback (thank you!), the Calendar app on iOS has some shiny, new features:

  • Month view and week in landscape view, so you have even more ways to see your schedule at a glance.

  • Spotlight Search support, so you can search for events, Reminders and Goals in Apple’s Spotlight Search and find what you’re looking for faster.

  • Alternate calendars. If you often look up dates in a non-Gregorian calendar — like Lunar, Islamic, or Hindu — you can now add that calendar to easily see those dates alongside your current calendar.

Calendar_on_iOS_week_and_month_view.width-2000.png

We’ll continue to improve both Gmail and Calendar for iOS so you can be more productive on the go.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/JLPzuGuDnUc/

Gmail and Google Calendar get a whole lot better on iOS

Category: Gmail | Nov 7, 2016

Today we’re making some changes to the Gmail and Google Calendar apps on iOS.

The new Gmail app for iOS

When you get the next Gmail iOS app update, you’ll notice some exciting changes: The biggest overhaul of the app in nearly four years. It’s the Gmail you know and love, with a fresh new look, sleeker transitions and some highly-requested features. It’s a lot faster, too.

With the new app, getting things done on the go is a lot easier — whether you’re trying to find a message your colleague sent you last month, or trying to get through your work inbox on a Monday morning.

Gmail-on-iOS_new-app_2.width-1716.png

Starting today, you’ll be able to:

  • Undo Send, just like you do on the desktop, to prevent embarrassing email mistakes

  • Search faster with instant results and spelling suggestions (like when you type “flighht,” but you really meant “flight”)

  • Swipe to archive or delete, to quickly clear items out of your inbox

Gmail_on_iOS_Undo-Send_0.gif

Google Calendar: Updated for you

Based on your feedback (thank you!), the Calendar app on iOS has some shiny, new features:

  • Month view and week in landscape view, so you have even more ways to see your schedule at a glance.

  • Spotlight Search support, so you can search for events, Reminders and Goals in Apple’s Spotlight Search and find what you’re looking for faster.

  • Alternate calendars. If you often look up dates in a non-Gregorian calendar — like Lunar, Islamic, or Hindu — you can now add that calendar to easily see those dates alongside your current calendar.

Calendar_on_iOS_week_and_month_view.width-2000.png

We’ll continue to improve both Gmail and Calendar for iOS so you can be more productive on the go.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/byKx-x72fTU/

Gmail and Google Calendar get a whole lot better on iOS

Category: Gmail | Nov 7, 2016

Today we’re making some changes to the Gmail and Google Calendar apps on iOS.

The new Gmail app for iOS

When you get the next Gmail iOS app update, you’ll notice some exciting changes: The biggest overhaul of the app in nearly four years. It’s the Gmail you know and love, with a fresh new look, sleeker transitions and some highly-requested features. It’s a lot faster, too.

With the new app, getting things done on the go is a lot easier — whether you’re trying to find a message your colleague sent you last month, or trying to get through your work inbox on a Monday morning.

Gmail-on-iOS_new-app_2.width-1716.png

Starting today, you’ll be able to:

  • Undo Send, just like you do on the desktop, to prevent embarrassing email mistakes

  • Search faster with instant results and spelling suggestions (like when you type “flighht,” but you really meant “flight”)

  • Swipe to archive or delete, to quickly clear items out of your inbox

Gmail_on_iOS_Undo-Send_0.gif

Google Calendar: Updated for you

Based on your feedback (thank you!), the Calendar app on iOS has some shiny, new features:

  • Month view and week in landscape view, so you have even more ways to see your schedule at a glance.

  • Spotlight Search support, so you can search for events, Reminders and Goals in Apple’s Spotlight Search and find what you’re looking for faster.

  • Alternate calendars. If you often look up dates in a non-Gregorian calendar — like Lunar, Islamic, or Hindu — you can now add that calendar to easily see those dates alongside your current calendar.

Calendar_on_iOS_week_and_month_view.width-2000.png

We’ll continue to improve both Gmail and Calendar for iOS so you can be more productive on the go.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/7BwAmY7dsBc/

Save time with smart scheduling in Google Calendar

Category: Gmail | Sep 29, 2016

Posted by Federico Asara, Software Engineer

Some topics are best discussed in face-to-face meetings, but setting them up takes too much time. Whether you’re coordinating across time zones, hunting for a room, or just trying to find a time that works for more than a couple of people — it really adds up.

If you’re using G Suite, “Find a time” already lets you set up meetings much faster in Calendar on Android. Today it’s coming to iOS and by the end of the year, the web. We’re also adding smart room booking, so you can easily find a place to meet as well.

Powered by Google’s machine intelligence, “Find a time” suggests meeting times and available rooms based on your preferences, which saves you lots of time and gets everyone together faster. Time and room suggestions are smart, too: They don’t just identify the first free slot in a grid, they also locate the next best slots as a back-up. For example, when Calendar doesn’t find availability for your preferred time, it then looks for conflicts across the group that are easier to resolve, such as recurring 1:1 meetings. And although “Find a time” makes smart suggestions, you’re always in control — just tap the grid to pick a time that’s a better fit.

Start saving time for the important things by downloading Google Calendar for Android or iOS (and look out for this update on the web soon).


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/a7wvjMLLPkU/save-time-with-smart-scheduling-in-Google-Calendar.html

Better emails, tailored to all your devices

Category: Gmail | Sep 14, 2016

Have you ever opened an email on your phone and something about the formatting just looks … off? Maybe the text is hard to read, or the buttons and links too small to tap. That’s because many emails are still formatted for computers’ larger screens, which means reading them on mobile can be a hassle.

Starting later this month, Gmail and Inbox by Gmail will support emails created with responsive design, meaning their content adapts to fit screens of all sizes. Text, links, and even buttons will enlarge to make reading and tapping easier on a smaller screen. If you’re on desktop, you’ll also see improvements, since emails designed for mobile can also adapt to fit larger screens.

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These changes will make your email experience as comfortable and intuitive as possible. And as responsive design becomes more common, you’ll continue to see emails that fit better on all your screens and devices.

P.S. Are you an email designer? Check out our post on the Google Apps Developer Blog for all the crunchy details on what this update means for you.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/lucZMkFN3Is/

Better emails, tailored to all your devices

Category: Gmail | Sep 14, 2016

Have you ever opened an email on your phone and something about the formatting just looks … off? Maybe the text is hard to read, or the buttons and links too small to tap. That’s because many emails are still formatted for computers’ larger screens, which means reading them on mobile can be a hassle.

Starting later this month, Gmail and Inbox by Gmail will support emails created with responsive design, meaning their content adapts to fit screens of all sizes. Text, links, and even buttons will enlarge to make reading and tapping easier on a smaller screen. If you’re on desktop, you’ll also see improvements, since emails designed for mobile can also adapt to fit larger screens.

responsiv2.gif

These changes will make your email experience as comfortable and intuitive as possible. And as responsive design becomes more common, you’ll continue to see emails that fit better on all your screens and devices.

P.S. Are you an email designer? Check out our post on the Google Apps Developer Blog for all the crunchy details on what this update means for you.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/7SGsWKtFOxg/

Better emails, tailored to all your devices

Category: Gmail | Sep 14, 2016

Soon Gmail and Inbox by Gmail will support emails created with responsive design.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/2ziICiNlTQc/

Better emails, tailored to all your devices

Category: Gmail | Sep 14, 2016

Posted by Pierce Vollucci, Product Manager

Have you ever opened an email on your phone and something about the formatting just looks … off? Maybe the text is hard to read, or the buttons and links too small to tap. That’s because many emails are still formatted for computers’ larger screens, which means reading them on mobile can be a hassle.

Starting later this month, Gmail and Inbox by Gmail will support emails created with responsive design, meaning their content adapts to fit screens of all sizes. Text, links, and even buttons will enlarge to make reading and tapping easier on a smaller screen. If you’re on desktop, you’ll also see improvements, since emails designed for mobile can also adapt to fit larger screens.

Example of an email before and after responsive design

These changes will make your email experience as comfortable and intuitive as possible. And as responsive design becomes more common, you’ll continue to see emails that fit better on all your screens and devices.

P.S. Are you an email designer? Check out our post on the Google Apps Developer Blog for all the crunchy details on what this update means for you.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/1jxQvjlDimc/better-emails-tailored-to-all-your-devices.html