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David Rowthorn
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Just created an add-on to do cross referencing in Docs. It's still early days, so there may be some bugs, but hopefully people find it useful.

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Just created an add-on to do cross referencing in Docs. It's still early days, so there may be some bugs, but hopefully people find it useful.

Random advice: if your google drawings look pixelated after resizing, close the document and reopen it.

Just discovered a very useful unlisted keyboard shortcut for Google Docs:

Alt+Shift+Up and Alt+Shift+Down.

Use these to swap the paragraph or list item that the cursor is in with the one above or below it. Amazing for reordering lists. Don't know why Google don't list it.

Hi gang, does anyone know how to get rid of the small lines that represent tabs in full screen mode. It's a bit anal, but I want full screen -- nothing but my app!

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Having finished my most recent add-on for Google Docs (Text Cleaner), I am thinking about doing something new based around the needs of educators. Does anyone in this community have a problem in Google Docs that they wished they could solve with an add-on?

A couple of points:

1. Some ideas that seem simple are actually very complex given the limitations of Google scripting (and vice versa). For example, adding proper columns has been requested of me before, but is very difficult to implement.

2. Please make suggestions for problems you think other people might also encounter.

This is really just a hobby for me, so any add-on would be free and open source.

Thanks!

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Having finished my most recent add-on for Google Docs (Text Cleaner), I am thinking about doing something new based around the needs of educators. Does anyone in this community have a problem in Google Docs that they wish they could solve with an add-on?

A couple of points:

1. Some ideas that seem simple are actually very complex given the limitations of Google scripting (and vice versa). For example, adding proper columns has been requested of me before, but is very difficult to implement.

2. Please make suggestions for problems you think other people might also encounter.

The criteria for a good add-on are pretty simple. First, add-ons are most useful for performing tasks that would otherwise take a long time or which need to be done repetitively. Second, add-ons differ from scripts by virtue of being flexible. For example, if you simply want to remove a certain word from a document, then a script suffices. If you want to choose different words each time, or apply the script to different parts of the document at different times, an add-on would be appropriate, since it has an interface for these settings.

This is really just a hobby for me, so any add-on would be free and open source.

Thanks!

UPDATE

I did have one idea, but I'm not sure how useful it would be. It seems that a fair number of people encounter the annoying problem of MS Word documents not being properly styled. This messes with them when imported into Docs. That is, many people just use bold or underlining for headings rather than actually using document styles. I thought about an add-on that detects those pseudo-headings and makes them proper headings. This could be something the user assists with by changing the criteria for headings. So a bit like format painter, they could manually point to one first level heading, one second-level heading etc. The add-on would do the rest of the work.

Any thoughts?

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Does anyone have any advice on monetizing a Google Docs add-on? I've built something that I think lots of people would find useful and I've given people the option of donating. My eventual aim is to monetize the add-on, but I'm really keen to make it usable without paying. That is to say, I want to offer some extra features for a small one-off payment that is reasonable. Does anyone know how this might be possible?

My other idea was to have something pop up after 30 days or x number of uses suggesting donation (along with a request to review), but which the user can shut-off permanently thereafter. I'm thinking something that logs a new user property for every use of the add-on until a certain number is hit.

Any feedback on either idea would be most helpful.

The add-on is here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/text-cleaner/lffiochnfmnkhekkhlfdlblkbbgepmnf

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Text Cleaner for Google Docs is now available in the add on store. I hope people find it useful. It might still have a few bugs, so be patient!

Text Cleaner allows you to clear formatting and remove lots of annoying things (like line breaks or multiple spaces) while preserving italics, bold etc.

Also, please leave a review if you get a chance...
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