Google released a new version of their web-based spreadsheet application with a few new features -- but charts are still nowhere to be seen. Even so, just to keep us happy, the source code still makes a reference to charts -- a link to an image that doesn't exist.
For a complete list of changes, click here. Here are some of the new features in the current version:
Put multiple lines in the same cell
by using "alt + enter", you can add multiple lines of text to cells. This is handy for adding things like addresses.
Share with your Gmail contacts easier
When you want to invite users to view/edit your spreadsheet, you are given suggestions while you type -- these suggestions come from your Gmail contact list.
Spreadsheets now have a private URL that you can share with anyone
Sharing your spreadsheet with a large group of people, or someone you don't want to explicitly "invite" is now a lot easier. Now you can distribute a URL that gives anyone access as long as they have a Google account. For example, by clicking here you can see a very exciting spreadsheet I created, even though I haven't explicitly invited you to see it.
A new print button
This print button makes it easy to print your spreadsheet and take it wherever you go.
Support for some new formats including ODF
Google Spreadsheet now exports to a couple new formats -- PDF and ODF. The ODF format is compatible with Open Office Calc and any other application that supports the open document format.
The great thing about Google products is that instead of just getting bug fixes, they actually get new features on a regular basis -- it is nice to see continuous improvement.