Gmail & Google Docs can view more file types

Gmail & Google Docs users have been able to view various document types online.  In Gmail, you would see the “View” link next to an attachment that can be rendered online. In Google Docs, you upload the document to your library and click on it, as if you were opening any other file in Docs.

Previously, the list of file types that were supported included:

  • PDFs
  • Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt)

As of late last week, that list has been expanded to include the following:

  • Microsoft Excel (.xls and .xlsx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.pptx)
  • Apple Pages (.pages)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.psd)
  • Autodesk AutoCad (.dxf)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg)
  • PostScript (.eps and .ps)
  • TrueType (.ttf)
  • XML Paper Specification (.xps)

I am particularly excited about this, because of the Adobe file types.  As a web developer, I often work with designers that send me Photoshop and Illustrator files.  When I am at my home computer or laptop, I have programs that can open them.  However, I find that I’m rarely at my own computer when these files come through.  With the added features in Gmail, I can now view these files and immediately send back comments.  That makes my life a little simpler.  Thank you Google.

It’s important to stress these file types can be VIEWED, but not necessarily edited via Google Docs.

Hopefully they’ll continue to add file types (maybe Adobe InDesign files?).

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