A Clearer Google Docs Revision History View
It’s a bit awkward to see who did what in a Google Doc via the version history. That’s something faculty often want to do.
The easiest path I found was to name the oldest and newest versions. Then click to show only named versions. That does it pretty well. The video above shows it with more detail.
Kin Lane mentioned that IFTTT, a service entirely built on APIs, doesn’t have an API. That bothered Kin and the more I thought about it it bothered me. So I figured I’d start disentangling myself from IFTTT. One of the things I did with IFTTT was to send out a Tweet any time I posted something new on my blog. Crazy to think I set that up in 2012. Granted, I could have replaced this with any number of plugins but I thought this would be fun and bit of API work but most interestingly it’d put me (mostly) in charge of how the tool worked. The following script is just cobbled together from something I found to get an RSS feed into a spreadsheet and a script I used a while back to send a tweet from a Google SS. Next steps will be to start playing with adding amusing variables to the message. The first message kicked through with a minor error but progress! Grabbing Flickr Photos was blogged & can be found athttp://bionicteaching.com/grabbing-flickr-photos/ — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) March 20, 2016
Because I really thought the script to take Google Folder contents and automatically generate a document with headings that match the folder names and automatically linked source documentsIt certainly rolls of the tongue . . . was far cooler than anyone realized . . . I decided to make a poor quality video chastising you and proving the interestingness beyond doubt. Keep in mind that this could be customized to do far more interesting things depending on desired outcome and how you wanted to manage stuff. This is one of those places where I think the technology really has a chance to do something useful. No one wants to spend hours updating a CV/resume every year or two. Instead you could spend minutes spaced out and get all the grunt work down automatically. Google Docs also gives the option to publish the results to the web or download it as Word or PDF. The document and files can be as open or closed as you want.