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Deep integration of Google Docs

  • Avatar of Gezan
    Leah
    Participant

    @gezan

    Deep integration with Google Docs would allow for pitching BP to companies as a serious business tool. Will immediately solve 3 important needs: storage, management and collaboration of documents.

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  • Avatar of idotter
    idotter
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    @idotter

    Great Idea!!!

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    :-)

    But I think, that would be something for a Plugin-Dev, not for the core-team …

    Avatar of Andy Peatling
    Andy Peatling
    Keymaster

    @apeatling

    Certainly would make an excellent plugin. Perhaps even to begin with just allowing google documents to somehow be tracked in the activity stream and linked to groups. Start small.

    Avatar of Gezan
    Leah
    Participant

    @gezan

    @ Peter Anselmo

    Oh, didn’t know about the Group Documents. Obviously haven’t used it but looks good. Could there possibly be an upside with a google docs option? There are 1 GB free storage, really good editors, folder structure asf. I think it would be a real killer!

    Avatar of Michael Berra
    Michael Berra
    Participant

    @miguael

    yep – would be great!

    Avatar of idotter
    idotter
    Participant

    @idotter

    people willing to code this raise your hand :-) i would use this!

    Avatar of D Cartwright
    D Cartwright
    Participant

    @aekeron

    Not to try and pimp the Group Wiki plugin too much but it’s probably closer to a group collaborative document / group file storage method than a real wiki (hence close to some aspects of GoogleDocs).

    Unfortunately at our University we aren’t able to make use of googledocs for student work due to concerns over the hosting of the data, otherwise we probably would have gone this route rather than the wiki route.

    Avatar of Gezan
    Leah
    Participant

    @gezan

    Would one be better of starting with GW plugin rather than start from scratch? Aslo, would be cool to get Peter Anselmo’s view on this topic.

    Avatar of peter-anselmo
    Peter Anselmo
    Participant

    @peter-anselmo

    Personally, I think it’s different enough from current group docs to merit it’s own plugin. My plugin is more geared to locally-created documents of all types, and people are mostly using it to share existing PDFs. I should actually broaden the marketing of my plugin some, because it can be used for all types of media.

    My primary concern with adapting the current Group Docs to use Google would be keeping a consistent user-interface while browsing both. Or making the UI different enough that people don’t get confused. I think it’d be tough, and I don’t see many people using both. I imagine most users would want one or the other.

    Great idea though, I’d love to pitch in if someone wants to get the ball rolling.

    Avatar of peter-anselmo
    Peter Anselmo
    Participant

    @peter-anselmo

    Just Found this, Could be a springboard

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-document-embedder/

    Avatar of Gezan
    Leah
    Participant

    @gezan

    Hey Peter and thanks for chiming in!

    In terms of storage, docs know supports any type of document

    Avatar of Gezan
    Leah
    Participant

    @gezan

    To clearify, Google Docs know supports storage of any media/document type, ie you don’t have to convert to their format. PDF creation and viewing also supported. But, as you say, consistent user-interface is very important and can be tricky in this case.

    Avatar of idotter
    idotter
    Participant

    @idotter

    any news about this? i’m highly interested in this … and if i got some money left from Jeff’s Privacy Plugin, the LifeStream-extension (btw i’m still looking for developers) i would donate for this too!

    Avatar of idotter
    idotter
    Participant

    @idotter

    are no news good (or bad) news?

    Avatar of Peter Anselmo
    Peter Anselmo
    Participant

    @peteranselmo

    No news from here. I still find it interesting, but haven’t had any time to take a closer look.

    Avatar of idotter
    idotter
    Participant

    @idotter

    looking forward to your “closer look” :-)

    Avatar of thebiga
    thebigA
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    @thebiga

    I had a quick look at the API for GoogleDocs and I think that Andy Peatling’s suggestion of tracking the documents in the activity stream is a good one as there is a revisions method.

    Avatar of Gezan
    Leah
    Participant

    @gezan

    In addition to storage, management and collaboration, there would also be a possibility of In-line/ in-site editing of documents.

    Avatar of idotter
    idotter
    Participant

    @idotter

    I love the Idea …

    @thebiga do you think this would be also be possible with “your aggregator” ?

    Avatar of idotter
    idotter
    Participant

    @idotter

    Is anyone following this Idea now?

    Avatar of idotter
    idotter
    Participant

    @idotter

    bump?

    Avatar of Gezan
    Leah
    Participant

    @gezan

    Docs just added drawing to the toolset which would be awesome for brainstorming in groups.

    This is a bit over my coding skills, so all one can do is to advocate the geniousness of this idea and perhaps do some research :)

    The Documents List Data API guide is here. There are 3 protocoll versions and only the first has a official php library (Zend). I’ve been digging around the web to find nifty integration examples but have not seen any worth the mention. Anyone else?

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