A fresh start for Google presentations

A year and a half ago, we released completely new document, spreadsheet and drawing editors. Google Docs has been picking up speed ever since with more than 60 new features and millions of new users. Today we’re rounding out the suite by previewing a new version of presentations with faster collaboration and more features.


A collaborative approach
Presentations are made to be shared—whether it’s presenting your thesis to your professors or inspiring colleagues at a conference. And the best presentations are made together, collaborating with others to build a compelling story that captivates your audience. Creating presentations together is easy because you can:
  • See exactly what others are working on with colorful presence markers
  • Edit with your team members simultaneously from different locations
  • Use revision history to see who made changes or to revert to earlier versions
  • Say hello, start a conversation or share new ideas using built-in chat


More than 50 new features
In the new presentations, we’ve added many of your most requested features, including:
  • Transitions to move between slides with simple fades or spicier 3D effects
  • Animations to add emphasis or to make your slides more playful
  • New themes to create beautiful presentations with distinct visual styles
  • Drawings to build new designs, layouts, and flowcharts within a presentation
  • Rich tables with merged cells and more options for adding style to your data



What’s next
We’re gradually rolling out the new presentations. To get an early start, click on the gear icon in your document list, and select Document settings. Then, from the editing tab, check the box to “Create new presentations using the latest version of the presentation editor.” Learn more about getting started with the new presentation editor over at our Help Center.

Many of the new features were built using technologies that are only available in modern browsers. If you’re using an older browser you’ll be able to view, but not edit, the new presentations.

With today’s launch, the Google Docs suite is now built on a single, solid foundation. Now that the groundwork is in place, you can expect more useful and collaborative features, delivered faster than ever before.


Posted by: Steven Saviano, Software Engineer

36 comments:

  1. What about updating presentations created before today to the new version?

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  2. @dima - for now the best way is to import old slides into the new editor from "File -> Import slides" option

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  3. How about some Docs on the changes and enhancements so we are not lurching around like blind people searching them out?

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  4. Great improvements! Just missing timed transitions unless i'm overlooking. Also would love to export/download as a video format.

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  5. I would like to add videos from my Google Docs file list. Now, it seems, I can only add videos that are on YouTube... The rest looks good, though!

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  6. The main thing that keeps me from dropping PowerPoint in favor of Google presentations is the inability to view written notes that accompany a slide.

    My slides tend to be long on pictures and short on words, and I include lengthy explanations in the Notes attached to them. I would love to be able to compose my presentations in PowerPoint and deliver them as Google presentations. Is that doable with this upgrade?

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  7. The main thing that keeps me from dropping PowerPoint in favor of Google presentations is the inability to view written notes that accompany a slide.

    My slides tend to be long on pictures and short on words, and I include lengthy explanations in the Notes attached to them. I would love to be able to compose my presentations in PowerPoint and deliver them as Google presentations. Is that doable with this upgrade?

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  8. @Jeffrey, That's not a good solution. Imagin how much time would be spent to "import" 100 presentations to new editor using your method.

    P.S. Also on netbooks new interface doesn't look good. Buttons and menues take too much part of the screen.

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  9. Hi all,

    You might find some of the updated help articles useful in discovering some of these features.

    Dartdog: This article gives an overview of the new features and how to import slides from an old presentation into the new version: https://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=1685857

    You might also find the Getting Started Guide useful: https://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=126127

    Larry: Speaker notes are supported in Google presentations. Check out this article:
    https://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=1696743

    Hope that's helpful!
    Julia

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    1. You are very helpful. Thank you.

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  10. I just tried this in Chrome, and I'm finding it really buggy. I'm having weird things happen to my bullet lists when I try to insert pictures (plus the picture doesn't get inserted). Also, I can't animate the appearance of a YouTube video? That's a feature that I used a lot in my Google Presentations.

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  11. Nice improvements. But doesn't effective collaboration depend on the sort of (really excellent) inline threaded comment support you have in the document editor? This could potentially be useful not only in the creation and editing phase, but also after presenting the final document.

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  12. This is a good improvement, but it is still missing the ability to insert equations. This is really important for math and science presentations and is the only thing keeping me from switching from PowerPoint.

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  15. I am using Google Apps and when I navigate to the editing tab, I don't see “Create new presentations using the latest version of the presentation editor" at all. I only see the left to right option and the document tracking option.
    BUT, when I use my personal Google Docs account, I have no issues.

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  16. Nice additions!!! keep the good work, every week Google Docs are better and better

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  17. Is it still possible to embed Google Presentation to the web page? How?

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  18. Why are there only pictures in this blog post?
    I was expecting to find a short video where e.g. the new 3D transitions or animations are shown or even better a real Google Presentation with using the new features.

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  19. The new presentation mode looks great and I like some new things about it, but I still use the old one. Why do I still use the old mode? For a good presentation you need notes. In the old mode you were able to write your notes beside the slides. That was a huge advantage I would like to see in the new mode as well. I like to work on presentation with my Chromebook, but because of the small screen the slides are either to small or I can't see all my notes with the new mode.

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  20. why posting cooment keeps jumping to the old commenting system

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  21. Where is....
    The ability to change Font/Color/Size of text on the first slide and have those settings carry through to a New Slide?

    The ability to define classes/types of text.

    The ability to change the Font/Color/Size of text (defined as classes) through out the presentation.

    You can do this with the background color. Which is cool until you have to go through and update the text on every individual slide.

    Tools to achieve constancy should be a rudimentary function of a presentation.

    Also there still is no way to remove a custom color once it is added. <-- Annoying


    Thanks for the update though :)
    -k

    Bugs:
    Format painter does not work when crossing text boxes/slides. Your first click activates the box and you loose the painter.

    Bullet size does not change with font size. Bullets are the same size despite changes in font size.

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    1. All the issues above (constancy tools & the bugs mentioned) are huge KILLERS to this being a truly usable tool for presentations if you need to appear professional to any extent of the word

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  22. The significant enhancement to Google Presentations that I'd like to see is narrated presentations. A simple interface for people to easily narrate their slides and publish them online for on-demand playback would be most useful.

    Narrated presentations can have so much more value than an otherwise muted stack of slides.

    I like the new transitions, themes and all/any new collaboration-related functionality.

    Greetings from Chicago.
    --- Ed Garay

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  23. The significant enhancement to Google Presentations that I'd like to see is narrated presentations. A simple interface for people to easily narrate their slides and publish them online for on-demand playback would be most useful.

    Narrated presentations can have so much more value than an otherwise muted stack of slides.

    I like the new transitions, themes and all/any new collaboration-related functionality.

    Greetings from Chicago.
    --- Ed Garay

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  24. I use docs presentations for projects at school, and I love how convenient they are for collaborating in real time! I'm so grateful that my university gave everyone a gmail account-- it's way better than being stuck with a lumbering outlook system.

    One thing I would like to see in future updates is to have a greater portion of the themes well-designed but nondescript. Themes with bubbles and birdhouses are cutesy, but they are applicable to only very few presentation topics. It would be nice to have more crisp, professional designs prepackaged instead of having to upload my own backgrounds and spend more time formatting.

    Cheers!
    Kirsten

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  25. One nice new thing is the ability to choose the size of an embedded presentation. However the toolbar at the bottom of the presentation (play, forwards, backwards, etc) sits on top of the presentation, blocking the lowest 15 px or so (using default small size). Can that be fixed, or (and here's the big preference) can we have the option not to show it at all?

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  26. Strange text appeared near 'Start presentation button' in a new Presentation editor.

    It's written now '2011.36-c'.

    What does it mean?

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  27. Any plans to allow presentations to be embedded in googlesites and viewable without being logged in? "This slide could not load. Please try again" is wearing thin with external users now...

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  28. Please make a return to animating videos. And when are all slide transitions going to work in Chrome?

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  29. I just finished my first major presentation in the new editor. Overall I love google docs, and the editor is already good enough for >90% of the presentations I build. The experience with the new editor was good, but I will be converting back to powerpoint for most uses. The big reason is lack of offline capability. I had a few deal-breaker problems with my presentation:
    1. Serving everything over the wire is slow
    I needed several pictures in my presentation. In my case, think of my presentation as a pitch that will be given in coffee shops & offices other than mine on my iPad. Even when pitching in a coffee shop with decent connectivity, loading all pictures resulted in a few seconds of lag per slide, and that is damaging to the flow of the conversation.
    2. Connectivity is not always available, and I'm not willing to bet my business on it
    I gave a presentation at a deli (no wifi) in a small town yesterday. I have an iPad with 3G, but it only had 1 bar of connectivity. I had to retry a number of times and got several timeouts.
    3. Export loses formatting
    I tried exporting to powerpoint, but the result wasn't great. The text comes out different (font, size, placement on slide), and in many cases bullets show up in PPT that were not there in google presentations. It is good to have this option, but it's not ready for prime time yet.

    I am really looking forward to the day I can use google docs for everything, but that day is not here just yet. I hope this feedback is valuable to google to understand another perspective on highest priority next steps. I can easily work around lack of nice-to-have features, but cannot work around an inability to present when I need it. Please keep working on the offline capability of all your tools, and for all popular devices... especially mobile devices like iPad. The google cloud strategy is great, but the world does not have Mountain View grade ubiquitous connectivity. Reality is that most of us need offline caching to deal with poor connectivity on a regular basis, and this need will not go away anytime soon.

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  30. I'm not seeing this in Google Apps for Education. Has it been rolled out there yet? Must the admin enable it?

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