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What is Google Docs?

It is a word processor included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google. It brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs.
Google Docs is a tool in the Document Collaboration category of a tech stack.

Who uses Google Docs?

Companies
41 companies reportedly use Google Docs in their tech stacks, including Kaidee, Banksalad, and HashiCorp.

Developers
91 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Google Docs.

Google Docs Integrations

Coda, FogBugz, Google Keep, Typora, and MockFlow are some of the popular tools that integrate with Google Docs. Here's a list of all 20 tools that integrate with Google Docs.
Pros of Google Docs
Public Decisions about Google Docs

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Google Docs in their tech stack.

Jason Barry
Jason Barry
Cofounder at FeaturePeek · | 10 upvotes · 91.4K views

If you're a developer using Google Docs or Google Sheets... just stop. There are much better alternatives these days that provide a better user and developer experience.

At FeaturePeek, we use slite for our internal documents and knowledge tracking. Slite's look and feel is similar to Slack's, so if you use Slack, you'll feel right at home. Slite is great for keeping tabs on meeting notes, internal documentation, drafting marketing content, writing pitches... any long-form text writing that we do as a company happens in Slite. I'm able to be up-to-date with everyone on my team by viewing our team activity. I feel more organized using Slite as opposed to GDocs or GDrive.

Airtable is also absolutely killer – you'll never want to use Google Sheets again. Have you noticed that with most spreadsheet apps, if you have a tall or wide cell, your screen jumps all over the place when you scroll? With Airtable, you can scroll by screen pixels instead of by spreadsheet cells – this makes a huge difference! It's one of those things that you don't really notice at first, but once you do, you can't go back. This is just one example of the UX improvements that Airtable has to the previous generation of spreadsheet apps – there are plenty more.

Also, their API is a breeze to use. If you're logged in, the docs fill in values from your tables and account, so it feels personalized to you.

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Kamil Debbagh
Kamil Debbagh
Product Manager at Wooclap · | 6 upvotes · 5.9K views
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Hi StackSharers, your help is dearly needed as we're making a move to which we will commit for the next few years.

Problem: As our Marketing team gets growing needs to publish content fast and autonomously, we're trying to add a CMS to our stack.

Specs:

  • This CMS should have fairly advanced marketing features: either natively built, and/or be open source, so we can either find third parties' plugins suiting our needs or build our own plugins homebrew.

  • "Advanced marketing features" like these: Non-devs should be able to handle content autonomously, Should have a non-dev friendly interface, should allow creating a library of reusable components/modules, should show the preview before publishing, should have a calendar with all publications, should show the history/tracking, should allow collaborating (Google Docs like), should display characters limit optimized for SEO.

Solution: We're considering an SSG + Headless CMS combination. We're fairly confident for the SSG (Gatsby), but we're still uncertain which CMS we should choose.

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Michael Videlgauz
Michael Videlgauz
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Hello community, I am looking for a self-hosted online document management solution. One that covers all my needs is Confluence but it is currently not affordable for my team. Key requirements are RTL support, WYSIWYG Editing (Word-like interface as much as possible), Concurrent Editing (the best experience I have with Google Docs where I can even see who else is currently editing a document) with conflict resolution, versioning (view history and switch between versions), PDF and Word export, complex tables, and some others, full list here in column "A". I found XWIKI covering all my requirements (including those "bonus features" that I didn't list here) except one - RTL. Here a hack is suggested to address this issues but I would prefer not to go with any hacks. I myself am ready to contribute to an open source development but other people who (hopefully) will use this tool are not software engineers and this fact must be kept in mind... Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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Google Docs Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Google Docs?
Google Drive
Keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos, and more. Your first 15 GB of storage are free with a Google Account. Your files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Dropbox
Harness the power of Dropbox. Connect to an account, upload, download, search, and more.
Evernote
Take notes to a new level with Evernote, the productivity app that keeps your projects, ideas, and inspiration handy across all your digital devices. It helps you capture and prioritize ideas, projects, and to-do lists, so nothing falls through the cracks.
Quip
Edit and discuss in one place. Quip combines documents with messages so you can work faster, on the web or on the go.
Smartsheet
It is an intuitive online project management tool enabling teams to increase productivity using cloud, collaboration, & mobile technologies. It provides your organization with a powerful work platform that offers exceptional speed to business value
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Google Docs's Followers
88 developers follow Google Docs to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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