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New Google Apps Script library for working with Google Docs, MS Word, Google Sheets, MS Excel and Google Slides when core/advanced service methods are not available 

This is a Google Apps Script library for supporting Document service, Docs API, Spreadsheet service, Sheets API, Slides service and Slides API. The aim of this library is to compensate the processes that they services cannot achieve.

The purpose of this contribution from Tanaike is to extend Google Apps Script to interact with certain types of Google Drive files using methods not included in the existing core or advanced services. Features worth noting are:

  • Google Docs:
    • Retrieve table width and column width from the table. The tables inserted with the default width are included.
  • Google Sheets:
    • Retrieve all images in Google Spreadsheet as an object including the cell range and image blob.
    • Retrieve all comments in Google Spreadsheet as an object including the cell range and comments.
    • Insert images in cells of Google Spreadsheet using the image blob.
    • Create new Google Spreadsheet by setting the custom header and footer.
  • Microsoft Word:
    • Retrieve table width and column width.
  • Microsoft Excel:
    • Retrieve all values and formulas of the cells.
    • Retrieve all sheet names.
    • Retrieve all images as an object including the cell range and image blob.
    • Retrieve all comments as an object including the cell range and comments.

For more details about this library visit the source on Github

Source: tanaikech/DocsServiceApp

Webtrends: Add-on for Spreadsheet – Analytics Traps

The Webtrends add-on offers the functionality of the Webtrends API combined with the power of data manipulation in Google spreadsheets.

You can use the tool by installing it from the G Suite Marketplace : https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace/app/webtrends/227205745742?hl=en

With this add-on you can:

  • Get data from multiple reports at the same time;
  • Create custom calculations from the data obtained in the report;
  • Create dashboards with embedded data visualizations;
  • Schedule the automatic execution of reports so that the data is always updated;
  • Easily control who can see this data and views by leveraging Google Spreadsheet’s sharing and privacy features.

The add-on was created with Google Apps Script, in my blog dedicated to the subject there are detailed guidelines for using this add-on.

Source: Webtrends: Add-on for Spreadsheet – Analytics Traps

Adding some AutoFill magic to your Google Sheets projects with Google Apps Script

Google Sheets users can already use the magic of AutoFill to expand data automatically detecting a series of numbers, letters or dates. This feature is particularly powerful even when your series includes text or repeating dates. In this post I’ll highlight how you can also use AutoFill in your Google Apps Script projects

This post is designed for both no/low coders and expert developers interested in finding out how you can use AutoFill in your Google Sheets/Apps Script projects.

Source: Adding some AutoFill magic to your Google Sheets Apps Script projects

GA360 Unsampled Spreadsheet Add-on – Analytics Traps

The non-sampled reports in Google Analytics allow to obtain data based on 100% of the sessions even in those conditions where the platform applies the samplingUnsampled reports are currently only available to Google Analytics 360 users.

The request for non-sampled reports in Google Analytics does not provide an immediate response, in fact it can take from several minutes to more than an hour to obtain a downloadable report.

With the Add-on for Spreadsheet ‘GA360 Unsampled‘ it is possible to query the Unsampled Reports API to directly obtain the data without worrying about verifying the actual generation of the results, as they are conveniently retrieved automatically and saved in sheets dedicated to the Spreadsheet used.

Source: GA360 Unsampled Spreadsheet Add-on – Analytics Traps

Develop My First Gmail Add-on via Google Apps Script: My Software Engineer Internship at dialoggBox

I’m a teacher-turned-developer actively searching my first software engineer job during the pandemic after graduating from Hackbright Academy. As a bootcamp new grad, I am lucky to get an internship opportunity to develop a gmail add-on product at dialoggBox to gain my first industry experience and learn how to work with stakeholders.

My article will be composed of three parts:

  • What service do dialoggBox and this gmail add-on provide?
  • What was my experience using Google Apps Script to build an add-on product?
  • How did I develop each section of the gmail add-on?

The actual details of the add-on developed by the author, Nancy Dai, are promised in a follow-up post but this post serves as a useful insight into the main things to look out for when developing Gmail Add-ons.

Bonus: Following the link to the dialoggBox website I spotted they were using icons from freepik.com which also took me their sister site flaticon.com, which in turn took me to their ‘Icons for Slides and Docs’ add-on.

Source: Develop My First Gmail Add-on via Google Apps Script: My Software Engineer Internship at dialoggBox

Google Developers Blog: Building solutions using the G Suite developer platform

Millions of users know G Suite as a collection of communication and productivity apps that enables teams to easily create, communicate, collaborate, and discover content to supercharge teamwork. Beneath the surface of this well-serving collection of apps is also an extensible platform that enables developers to build targeted custom experiences and integrations utilizing these apps, allowing G Suite’s vast user base to get even more value out of the platform. At first glance, it may not be natural to think of the tools you use for day-to-day productivity and collaboration as a developer platform. But consider what makes up a developer platform; Languages, APIs, runtimes, frameworks, IDEs, ecosystem, etc; G Suite offers developers all of these things and more. Let’s take a closer look at what makes up the G Suite developer platform and how you can use it.

Nice overview of the G Suite developer platform from Charles Maxson. I always find it useful to see how others pitch the platform and from this piece useful to see how Apps Script is put in context with other G Suite development options.

Source: Google Developers Blog: Building solutions using the G Suite developer platform

How to send text messages using Google Sheets and Twilio – Sheets to Apps

Did you know that you can send text messages via Google Sheets? In this episode of Sheets to Apps, we show you how to easily send text messages with Google Sheets via Twilio – an online communications provider.

Back in January Sourabh Choraria highlighted a Medium post from AVG showing how to Send SMS event updates or discount codes using Twilio from a Google Sheet. AVG has now created a short explanatory video covering this solution. You can view the video description for all the code and resources you need to try out this solution.

Google Doc to clean HTML converter for Google Apps Script

Export Google Doc as clean html. Handy to make a WordPress post from Google Doc. – thejimbirch/GoogleDoc2Html

Following on from our previous post highlighting Amit Agarwal’s Send Rich Text HTML Emails with Google Sheet  we received the following recommendation for a Google Doc to HTML converter solution from @IMTheNachoMan:

For those interested in workflows for using Google Docs as an email template this solution already has a emailHtml() function you can build on which appears to already inline images from your Google Doc.

Source: thejimbirch/GoogleDoc2Html

Send Rich Text HTML Emails with Google Sheet – Digital Inspiration

You can format the source data in Google Spreadsheet in different colors, fonts and sizes and all your cell formatting will be retained in the email messages.

Very handy code snippet from Amit Agarwal which lets you convert the formatted text in a Google Sheets cell to HTML. In the example Amit uses the formatted text in an email sent with MailApp but you might find other uses for this solution. Click through to the source link for all the details…

Source: How to Preserve Formatting of Spreadsheet Cells in Mail Merge – Digital Inspiration

Dashboards in your inbox – Revisting tips on emailing inline Google Sheet chart images with Google Apps Script

Back in 2015 I shared a post on Tips on emailing inline Google Charts from Sheets using Apps Script, which looked at how you can email charts from Google Sheets. This solution is one I use in my work on a daily basis and remains largely unchanged. More recently I was faced with the problem that I couldn’t include a Combo Chart. In this post I revisit this problem and share a solution for including copies of your Google Sheet charts in your email reports.

Whilst this solution focuses on extract Google Sheets chart images for the purpose of emailing, the technique might be of interest for other situations where you need to use a chart image.

Source: Dashboards in your inbox – Revisting tips on emailing inline Google Sheet chart images with Google Apps Script

Use the Google Cloud Identity API for Google Groups with some Google Apps Script helper functions

Use the new Google Cloud Identity API to manage your Google Groups on your G Suite domain. Find in this article some REST and Apps Script code to query the Cloud Identity API.

Stéphane Giron summaries some helpful Google Apps Script code for interacting with the Google Cloud Identity API via REST. In this post you’ll find functions for listing both Google Groups in your domain and the members of each of those groups.

Source: Use the Google Cloud Identity API for Google Groups

Workbook Statistics – a Google Sheets Add-on built using Google Apps Script (lessons in Add-on publication)

Get stats for your current active sheet & the entire spreadsheet in one place using workbook statistics – a g suite editor add-on built using google apps script.

A handy Google Sheets add-on from Sourabh Choraria that can give you an Excel like summary of the Google Sheet you are working on that can display information like the number of: filled cells, formulas, charts and more. This post is also worth reading if you are interested in tips for the Add-on publication processes, highlighting some of the pitfalls you can avoid. The code for the Add-on is also open source making it possible to reuse in your own Apps Script projects.

Source: workbook statistics – a google sheets add-on built using apps script

Google Apps Script video tutorials from @saperis_io

It’s always nice to see members of the community contribute new resources. The latest comes from a growing list of videos produced by Chanel Greco Founder & CEO of saperis. These videos are designed to show how repetitive tasks in G Suite can be automated using Google Apps Script. Chanel has lots of other G Suite problem solving solutions posted on the saperis YouTube channel.

Converting Range in Google Spreadsheet as Image using Google Apps Script · tanaike

This is a sample script for converting a range in Google Spreadsheet as an image data using Google Apps Script. Unfortunately, there are no methods for directly converting the range in Google Spreadsheet as an image data in the built-in functions. So in this case, as a workaround, Charts Service is used.

Source: Converting Range in Google Spreadsheet as Image using Google Apps Script · tanaike

Google Developers Blog: Building G Suite Add-ons with your favorite tech stack

Let’s talk about the basics of G Suite Add-ons. G Suite Add-ons simplify how users get things done in G Suite by bringing in functionality from other applications where you need them. They provide a persistent sidebar for quick access, and they are context-aware — meaning they can react to what you’re doing in context. … Up until recently, G Suite Add-ons leaned on Apps Script to build Add-ons, but choice is always a good thing, and in some cases you may want to use another scripting language.. So let’s talk about how to build Add-ons using additional runtimes.

Google recently announced the ability to develop G Suite Add-ons using other frameworks other than Google Apps Script. This post on the Google Developers Blog introduces how you can develop G Suite Add-ons with something other than Google Apps Script.

Source: Google Developers Blog: Building G Suite Add-ons with your favorite tech stack

Measure Core Web Vitals of your Websites with Google Sheets – Digital Inspiration

Core Web Vitals are a set of metrics defined by Google to help webmasters understand the performance of their websites. You can automate the measurement and tracking of core vitals with Google Sheets.

Another incredibly rich resource from Amit Agarwal containing useful guidance on not only performance of websites and potential impact on search ranking, but also a very concise coding pattern for reading and writing data in Google Sheets.

Source: Measure Core Web Vitals of your Websites with Google Sheets – Digital Inspiration

This YouTube Video Has n Views – How the Video Title Updates Itself – Digital Inspiration

How to automatically update the title of your YouTube video to accurately reflect the views and comment count in the title.

Amit Agarwal has a great eye for these little tweaks. The source post has all the code you need (one note to keep in mind is you might get into authentication loops if using other Google Apps Script services with this script solution)

Source: This YouTube Video Has n Views – How the Video Title Updates Itself – Digital Inspiration

Automatically backup Google Apps Script projects using Github Actions

Image: Copyright 2020 RavSam

Google Apps Scripts are amazing. Without setting any servers, we can do a lot of things like collecting form responses, email marketing campaigns, etc. But as a developer, we like our code to be on Version Control System like Github. In this blog, we will discuss how can you setup Github Actions to automatically backup your Google Apps Scripts to Github.

For Google Apps Script developers who use clasp this is a great post on how you can setup Github Actions as part of your dev flow. Click through to the source for all the details.

Source: Backup Google Apps Scripts using Github Actions

Google Maps Formulas for Google Sheets – Digital Inspiration

You can bring the power of Google Maps to your Google Sheets using simple formulas with no coding. You don’t need to sign-up for the Google Maps API and all results from Google Maps are cached in the sheet so you are unlikely to hit any quota limits.

Great post from Amit Agarwal using the Maps Service for Google Sheets custom functions.

Use Google Maps formulas inside Google Sheets to calculate distances, travel time, get driving directions, look up postal codes with reverse geocoding and more!

The post includes all the source code and has some great examples using the V8 syntax.

Source: Google Maps Formulas for Google Sheets – Digital Inspiration

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