Using Google Spreadsheets

Posted by on Aug 25, 2006 in Apple, Business, Technology

In an earlier post I mentioned Google Spreadsheets. I decided to use this web app for a fairly detailed spreadsheet recently. My initial comments are:The good…

  • The web-app is fairly responsive and you can easily and quickly update a spreadsheet. Navigation within a spreadsheet is fairly snappy.
  • Smaller spreadsheets load quickly from the Google site. Smaller spreadsheets also load quickly from your local machine.
  • To format a cell, change the font, and create a function is very initiative and easy.
  • Spreadsheet navigation is quick, easy, and initiative.
  • It’s very easy to share a file to collaborate on a spreadsheet.

The bad…

  • Maybe this is a Mac problem, however I couldn’t see a cursor when editing a cell. This makes it very difficult to edit a function, especially very complicated functions.
  • Uploading a file of any significance size takes loooooooooonnnnng. I have a 6Mbps connection. It’s still very slow. It’s not really practical to work like this.
  • Ok, so you developed an elaborate spreadsheet and now you want to print it. Well, the printing functions are VERY limited in this version. The only way to print a spreadsheet is to render it in HTML and then to print the web page. Not the most powerful way to print. The rendering is also very bad.

Current assessment: Don’t delete your Microsoft Excel application just yet!I would like to hear about your experiences with Google Spreadsheets.

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