Better Than Printing Tip #4: Google Drive Revisions, Comments, and Markups

Use Comments and markup tools for convenient peer editing in Google Drive.

So you’ve finally convinced Group Partner XX that Google Drive is the wave of the present and to ditch the hand-scribed project revisions every week. They’ve seen the light, but now it’s all fouled up. Someone (not naming names) has gone and deleted the best paragraph in the whole presentation (yours of course). Not only that but the group hasn’t been able to meet in over a week and no one’s made anymore changes as the due date approaches.

Get that paragraph back in the final version: no problem(and see who nuked it in the 1st place). Set up commenting so your group members can give feedback without being face-to-face: easy as pie!

The power of Google Drive goes beyond just sharing and collaborative live-editing. Google Drive has an easy-to-view revision history so you can see just who messed up that last group project,and revert to an earlier version in a snap. You can also do peer-editing & feedback with their nifty commenting tool. You can even set up notifications on the comment thread so you’ll get emailed when someone posts a comment to your doc.


Better Than Printing Tip #3 Google Docs and Track Changes


Did you know? You can share documents and papers easily with Google Drive.

It’s not just about sustainability & waste. The Better than Printing campaign is geared toward helping you choose methods that make it easier to organize and edit your documents & articles and to work collaboratively.

 

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Better Than Printing Tip #2: Microsoft Word Track Changes

Use MS Word markup tools like “Track Changes.” And did you know, you can also record audio comments and imbed them into your Word docs?

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Better Than Printing Tip #1: Adobe Rader XI Markup Tools

Tired of printing out mountains of PDF files? Standing in line at the printer getting you down? Did you know there’s some great tools available in the labs and on your PC/MAC to manipulate PDFs with?

It all starts with a free App:

  • Get the latest Adobe Reader (XI): The newest version of Adobe Reader has vastly improved markup tools. It’s also free and is pretty consistent across all platforms.Mac or PC:You can download Adobe Reader for Mac or PC here
  • http://get.adobe.com/reader/ (be sure to UNCHECK the MacAfee Security Scan offer)
  • For iPad or Android tablet:  Is available for free from their respective app stores.

Once you have Adobe Reader installed you can use some quick and easy to use features to mark up your PDF’s and view your notes across all platforms.

**many other PDF reading programs can also see the markup notes, but not all of them.

Here’s a brief video explaining how to use the markup tools of Adobe Rader XI:

 

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