Google Forms Feature Updates, PhotoShop on Chromebooks and more



TEACH Magazine Sep/Oct 2014 Issue - issuu.com

AppsEvents core team member +Allison Mollica is contributor to this month's Teach Magazine on "Transforming Classroom Technology with Google Apps for Education."

More ways to build and share Google Forms - googleappsupdates.blogspot.com

Some great new features in Forms for assessment- shuffled questions and ensuring only one response per user. Shared by +James Sayer

Adobe joins the Chromebook party, starting with Photoshop - googleforeducation.blogspot.com

In partnership with Adobe, Google is welcoming Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks, initially with a streaming version of Photoshop. Initially, this will be available for U.S.-based Adobe education customers with a paid Creative Cloud membership—so the Photoshop you know and love is now on Chrome OS. No muss, no fuss.

Announcing Drive for Education: The 21st century backpack for students - googleforeducation.blogspot.com

Drive for Education will be available to all Google Apps for Education customers at no charge and will include:

  • Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks. 
  • Vault: Google Apps Vault, our solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year. 
  • Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way. 



Google announced two new ways for everyone to solve linear optimization problems. First, you can now solve linear optimization problems in Google Sheets with the Linear Optimization add-on written by Google Software Engineer Mihai Amarandei-Stavila. The add-on uses Google Apps Script to send optimization problems to Google servers. The solutions are displayed inside the spreadsheet. For developers who want to create their own applications on top of Google Apps, there is also an API to let you call our linear solver directly. 

Second, Google is open-sourcing the linear solver underlying the add-on: Glop (the Google Linear Optimization Package), created by Bruno de Backer with other members of the Google Optimization team.

Another great contribution by +James Sayer