searching @ tastypopsicle.com
I've decided to open up the weblog archive. At one point is was closed off except to registered members due to an incident, However, that company has since closed its doors so they can just eat it. Use the search to find something that youmight be looking for. Maybe you'll find it.
weblog archive : july 2008
Oh hell no, Google's got templates!
Ummm, Microsoft, you're done.
Today Google, the world's biggest owner of everything, announced Google Docs templates. "So what? What's the big deal?" You might be thinking. But it is a big deal and here's why: people crave templates like children crave order. It helps them to accomplish goals and feel good about themselves. Templates, unlike "chores" for kids, also save a ton of time.
Have you ever needed an invoice? I know I have. What about a resume? Who hasn't? The thing is that these things and many more require you to find a place to start. From the horse's mouth:
When researching how people use templates, we saw that lots of you create documents for all aspects of your lives. You need resumes and cover letters to look for jobs and fax cover letters and invoices to run your businesses. And of course you want to use documents in fun ways with family and friends, such as unique designs and layouts for invitation cards and calendars. Finally, everyone wants to be able to have tools that "just work": print mailing labels, track portfolio values, and manage projects without having to painstakingly create documents from scratch.
Did you find yourself saying "yea, I need that" a couple of times? And that's where Microsoft has had you by the proverbial balls. If you've ever needed a place to start with a specific type of document chances are Microsoft Word had it for you. Even Avery has made label templates for Word. I've used them a bunch of times.
People, unlike myself, have been reluctant to embrace Google Docs. Google's Word clone, Documents, is lacking many of Microsoft's formatting abilities. Spreadsheets is behind Excel. And Presentations - whoo - where's the CrAzY animations from Powerpoint? Where do you start?
I like Google Docs because it's stupid easy to share documents and I can access them from just about anywhere (iPhone, I'm looking at you, sweetie). But now more people are going to fall in love with Google Docs because they can get started and "just work". There's no thinking about formatting and layout and jibbity-jab. Done.
Google changed blogging when they introduced templates for Blogger. Now every blogging system has out-of-the-box templates that A LOT of people use and stick with. Because they know they don't need anything fancy.
And these new templates are going to do the same thing. I guarantee it, just wait and see.
welcome.to.chicago :: 22 may 2013 @ 4.21pm CT