Google Docs viewer has supported a wide range of files including documents, presentations and PDF files in the past. Using the online viewer, users can easily view attached documents in emails and in webpages without having to install additional software on their PC.
If you have been using this feature, here is some more good news. In addition to the previously supported formats. Google will now also support Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX), Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (.PPTX), Adobe Photoshop document (.PSD), Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG) and TrueType (.TTF) among other documents (see end of post for all supported documents).
The additional file type support now covers all document types found in Office 2007 and Office 2010 along with popular documents and image formats used on the web.
If you are a Gmail user, you will see an additional link to View a file online when the document is supported by Google Docs Viewer. To open supported documents linked in webpages or search results, you can download and install this extension for Google Chrome. The extension will automatically open supported documents in Google Docs Viewer.
Overall, the addition of new documents means that users will now be able to quickly view and save documents they receive in the cloud itself and will not have to install software such as Office 2010 or Photoshop to view files.
Now only if they could add support to view archived files and unzip them in our Google Docs account .
New support added for these 12 file types by Google Docs Viewer:
- 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, .PS)
- TrueType (.TTF)
- XML Paper Specification (.XPS)