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Google Chromebook help

Postby Bendy Ben » 18 Nov 2013 22:17

So the WAT is nick deep in her masters.

She needs a laptop to work on. Heard good things about these Google Chromebooks.

All she needs it for is Internet google searching and typing up her essays etc.

This is where we both get confused.

She has to send her completed work to her Professor via Dropbox. It has to be in a .doc , docx or .pdf format.

Can a chrome book support those file types - ie can she type and send them easily.....

Help from those in the know

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Re: Google Chromebook help

Postby IanM » 18 Nov 2013 22:23

You can use DropBox on a ChromeBook, so in theory it would be fine. SoS is the man to ask for sure though.
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Re: Google Chromebook help

Postby Bendy Ben » 18 Nov 2013 22:26

Andrew ........
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Re: Google Chromebook help

Postby IanM » 18 Nov 2013 23:00

On second thoughts, this doesn't sound to promising: http://m.digitaltrends.com/mobile/chrom ... k-of-hell/
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Re: Google Chromebook help

Postby sonofsammo » 18 Nov 2013 23:04

Only just got back from hospital with B. Fairly sjre it's possible but will double check tomorrow for you.
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Re: Google Chromebook help

Postby kfjatek » 18 Nov 2013 23:39

Never used it (Chromebook), but assume she could type up her essays in Google Docs accessed through Chrome, which has a print to PDF function. Upload that to Dropbox and Bob's your uncle.

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Re: Google Chromebook help

Postby Bopomofo » 18 Nov 2013 23:55

A chromebook will allow you to do all your surfing and to create and edit Google Docs. They're all stored in the many GB (depending on offers at the time) of Google drive space you get. You can download them as .doc and .pdf files, amongst other formats, then send them however you want.

Depending on which one you choose, you could get a 'normal' laptop for the same or less, but you'd be lumped with Windows - and I'm pretty sure you are an Apple house. Chromebook would fit in with that... it is essentially just a browser. If you have already tried google docs then it should all be familiar territory.
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Re: Google Chromebook help

Postby Bopomofo » 19 Nov 2013 00:06

IanM wrote:On second thoughts, this doesn't sound to promising: http://m.digitaltrends.com/mobile/chrom ... k-of-hell/


That's a fair appraisal. You CAN do what Ben has asked on a ChromeBook, but there's a lot extra that is just broken. Google trial their products extensively with their staff, called 'dogfooding', and of course everybody would be living in a Google docs ecosystem so maybe don;t get to see these frustrations.

In my office we have an ongoing competition for the first person each day to angriliy comment that "web based apps are all shit"... like google docs etc. Of course we have to use google docs for everything...
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Re: Google Chromebook help

Postby sonofsammo » 25 Nov 2013 18:47

Erm..... Just tried it and it was a doddle.
Opened Drive - Created Document.
Clicked on download as .docx (can also do it as a .pdf)
Then used the chrome dropbox extension to upload to dropbox.
Job done.
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Re: Google Chromebook help

Postby Bendy Ben » 25 Nov 2013 23:05

Thanks guys

Gonna pick one up for her Xmas present
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