Now work on presentations offline with Google Slides

Now work on presentations offline with Google Slides

Summary: Google's presentation app is the latest to get offline capability.

TOPICS: Google Apps

A common complaint about Google Docs, now accessed via Google Drive, is the requirement of being online. Previously Google gave offline capability to the word processor app, Docs, to allow Chrome and Chrome OS users to work without connectivity. Now Google has added offline editing, creation, and presentation functions to the Slides app.

(Credit: Google)

The new offline capability is rolling out today and requires the use of the Chrome browser or Chrome OS to enable the functionality. Users can not only work on presentations in Slides while offline but present them as well. This eliminates the worry of having working Wi-Fi at the presentation venue.

Google promises to add offline capabilities to the Sheets app to bring it up to speed with Docs and Slides. No word on when that may happen.

Topic: Google Apps

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  • Platform issue

    I am not going to touch the subject of Google's 'Office' offerings usability, because it no comparison or anywhere near useful as Office 365 or MS Office. But my problem is that, to use Google apps, one has to use Chrome browser or Chrome OS, how pity is that?
    • Yes, we know

      You cannot see the world past the tip of your nose.

      "how pity is that?"
      • In rush the

        Windows 8 superheros of ZDNet to save the day:
    • It's not that "pity", really...

      Is there some reason that you're not able to install Chrome on your machine?

      You just like to complain, don't you? Well, everyone needs a hobby.
      • Well...

        When I start buying software from an advertising firm, I will give you a call...
        • Oh, wil you...that would be great!

 me, because I want to know so much more about your life.
        • Well, start calling

    • Speaking as someone who has used both.

      Office 365 is a limited and hugely cut down version of MS Office, and is nowhere near as capable as Google Docs at present.
      • So I'm not alone

        I've the same opinion, but reading some reviews, sometimes I wonder if I'm living in the same world... or talking about the same thing.
    • I've tried 365

      Editing docs with online apps seems a lot worse than Google equivalents, less functionality and considerable slower, at least using Opera. I must try with IE to make it a bit more fair.
      I suppose office 365 is more about using office with the best collaborative, synchronization, ... online capabilities... that sincerely I can't evaluate.
      I really don't care if Google, or Apple or Microsoft are the greatest, but I admit Google online apps seems a lot better than everything else.
    • Can you run MS office in linux?!

      Don't tell me majority of windows applications needs windows :-P

      But you are right browsers should behave all the same.
  • How reliable is it?

    How reliable is it? My experience is that offline support is often broken, due to the fact that you can never tell what's cached or not cached. Sometimes the app isn't even cached, making it totally useless.

    IMO this is really what makes installed apps currently superior for offline work: You *KNOW* as a matter of fact that it's there, ready to go. There's no mysterious cache that makes it as clear as mud what's available offline and what isn't.

    "and requires the use of the Chrome browser or Chrome OS to enable the functionality."

    Eh, I thought this was going to be baked into the HTML 5 spec? What happened to that? Why Chrome only?
    • According to Google

      Google's instructions for activating offline access state that it requires Chrome or Chrome OS for offline use.
    • It likely could be done with the HTML5 spec

      but this isn't pure-to-standards.

      This is Google.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • It never fails...

      Seriously, I've never known people who have as many issues with a simple concept as some of the posters on ZDnet.

      Honestly, you should probably just not leave your house, if you're having this much trouble using apps offline, because sometimes there are issues with the door or the driveway not working.
      • That's probably because they have never used Chromebooks or Chrome apps

        And that in turn is because of the number of shill posts that target on Chromebook blogs - it is obvious that Microsoft sees Chromebooks as a serious threat. The patent troll/extortion scam for Android and Chromebooks that Microsoft has introduced (like Apple patent trolling Samsung) is another clear indication that Microsoft sees it as a serious threat.
        • Either that

          Or they might be trying the patent suit route because they believe that there are patents being violated.
          Michael Alan Goff
          • Sometimes people's beliefs are far from reality...

            I once met a guy who told me his religious preference was Frisbyterian, He said they believe that when you die your soul goes up on the roof and you can't get it down. It just lays there bleaching in the sun.
          • My Son in Law is a Frisbyterian

            Another son in law (the son of a surgeon) belongs the Golf Frisbyterian Church; they meet on Wednesdays.
      • It fails often, actually.

        "Seriously, I've never known people who have as many issues with a simple concept as some of the posters on ZDnet. "

        Yeah, why is being offline such a complicated concept for Google? Stuff happens, Things break. Wireless networks go down.

        When I disable my network here, what happens to my Chrome apps?

        -Save for Google Drive and Google Docs, everything greys out. That INCLUDES games such as "Don't Starve" that are single player games. Other than Google, very few people seem to have offline features for their apps.

        Apparently when you're offline, only Google things are important.

        -Even Google Docs complains loudly:
        "Google Drive
        The app is currently unreachable."

        FYI, the Google Drive app is installed in the Chrome browser too. There's no reason for it to be "unreachable."

        This is in the Google Browser with these things installed as "apps."

        Chrome on the iPhone doesn't fare any better. The web app being open doesn't mean the docs are cached. And if you try to refresh the page offline - the browser just says it's not connected to the internet. Nevermind that theoretically thanks to this "offline goodness" it should have it cached.

        Is use Chrome every day. And it's horrible offline, even for those things that THEORETICALLY have offline support (but seems to have all manner of trouble offline).

        And hey, guess what?

        Dropbox works fine offline. Documents To Go works offline. Microsoft Office works offline.

        What is the advantage to Google Docs again? I'm drawing a blank.