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A Google Workspace Developer’s notes on publishing a Google Workspace Add-on to the Marketplace

 

This guide will walk you through creating a public Google Workspace Add-on, and launching it in the Google Workspace Marketplace for as free as possible. …

I’d never developed or published an add-on before. As I was looking into it, I realized that, while it is not super complicated, it is not readily obvious — especially for anyone just getting into add-on development. Google does have a guide on developing and publishing an add-on but it leaves a lot of unanswered questions.

So I thought I would put together what I learned in this guide — a playbook for anyone else who wants to develop their own add-on.

Following on from a recent Pulse post on How to publish to the Google Workspace Marketplace published by the Google Workspace team, here’s a developer’s take on the process from start to finish. As mentioned in the post the official support resources should be your start point, but these notes spotlight some of the nuances required to publish an add-on and the appendix includes some tips on naming your add-on and where/how to host required documentation including your add-on privacy policy.

Source: Developing a GAS Powered Google Workspace Add-on And Launching It To The Marketplace

Creating your on preview ink Smart Chips in Google Docs: The Untold Potential of Apps Script

 

Alright, folks, we’re talking about something quite hot off the press in the realm of Google Apps Script — “Smart Chips.” This feature is available within Google Docs and can build previews of pasted links using the Card Service. Think of it as a little preview window of what lies beyond the link — a sneak peek, if you will. 🕵️‍♂️

Editor: Smart chips are a recent feature in Google Workspace that help you quickly insert information into your Docs and Sheets. They can be used to insert people, places, dates, and more. It’s also possible for Google Workspace developers to publish their on ‘Preview links’ smart chips as Workspace Add-ons. In this post from Dmitry Kostyuk you can learn about publishing your own smart chips and some creative ways to get the data you need using Google Apps Script.

Source: Previewing Links with Smart Chips: The Untold Potential of Apps Script

How to publish to the Google Workspace Marketplace [Video Tutorial]

In this video you will find out how you can publish your app to the Google Workspace Marketplace.

Publishing a Google Workspace Add-on or Chat App can be a bit daunting. We’ve feature a couple of ‘how-to’ guides, which go into the detailed steps of the process, and my favourite has to be Alice Keeler’s top tips for getting your Google Workspace Add-on published. If you are still unsure about the Google Workspace Marketplace publication options and information required this video from Chanel Greco gives an overview of the entire process from start to finish.

Source: How to publish to the Google Workspace Marketplace

One Code to Rule Them All: Deploying Editor Add-Ons Across Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Forms

Mastering Google Apps Script: Deploy Once, Run Everywhere 🚀

What’s The Issue? 🤔

Building add-ons with Google Apps Script is akin to owning a magic wand for distributing your application. And if you’re like me, you’ve probably created an army of internal add-ons for clients and personal use, especially those sweet editor add-ons. But here’s the catch: every time you deploy your add-on, you need to specify the script ID and the deployment version for each context (Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms). Keeping up with 4 different files isn’t just tedious; it’s like trying to juggle flaming swords while on a unicycle 🙃. But don’t worry, there’s a better way!

Source: One Code to Rule Them All: Deploying Editor Add-Ons Across Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Forms

Restricting the number of times an account can use a feature in a Google Workspace Editor Add-on with Google Apps Script 

One model of monetization for a Google Addon is to allow a certain number of free uses before restricting that feature. This post shows one way to restrict a feature in a Google Editor Addon sidebar.

John McGowan is continuing his Google Workspace Add-on development tips at pace. You can read the story so far on the Automagical Apps Blog. In the latest post you can find out how John uses the Properties Service, to record the number of times an account has used a feature in your add-on by communicating between the sidebar and Apps Script using google.script.run. A reminder as well that you can see how you can boost User Property read/write with the SpeedStore library.

Source: Restricting the number of times to use a feature in a Google Addon Sidebar | Automagical Apps Blog

SpeedStore: Blazingly fast Properties storage for Google Apps Script ⚡

Retrieving and saving properties in Google Apps Script can be slow, especially if there are a lot of them. SpeedStore is a blazingly fast in memory properties store which you can use to make retrieving and saving properties much easier.

Continuing yesterday’s theme highlighting some of the components for developing a Google Workspace Add-on where John McGowan highlighted  how Properties Service can be used to store and use a “licence” property to customise your add-on UI, we continue by looking at how you can handle property storage.

There have been a number of community contributions in this area such as Bruce Mcpherson’s bmCrusher. Another option is SpeedStore from Joshua Snyder. Not as feature filled as bmCrusher but the benefit is the library is more compact. SpeedStore still comes with some very useful features including automatically handling properties over 9kb and JSON encoding/decoding. Perhaps the biggest benefit is speed particularly when you are using a single store for all your properties.

Source: GitHub – joshsny/SpeedStore: Blazingly fast Properties storage for Google Apps Script ⚡

Differentiating Google Workspace Add-on sidebar features based on a user licence property in Google Apps Script

I always get requests as to how people can add a license to their Google Add-on. There are a few different steps and here I will show how you can share different information in the Sidebar based on a license status.

In Pulse we’ve previously featured a couple of community contributions on how to monetize your Google Workspace Add-On. Corentin Brossault’s How to monetize your Google Workspace add-on? provides some great code snippets and tips for handling user authentication and payment. We’ve also featured Riël Noterman’s solution for Using JWT as a license key in Google Apps Script Google Workspace Add-ons. This related  post from John McGowan (Automagical Apps) provides another piece to the puzzle demonstrating how you can use templates in HTMLService to switch user messaging based on stored user properties.

Source: Differentiating Google Addon Sidebar features based on a license | Automagical Apps Blog

Using JWT as a license key in Google Apps Script Google Workspace Add-ons

Image credit: Zzapps

Many developers want to offer specific, additional functionality for specific users. One very common scenario is to differenciate in users that pay for this functionality.

When you deliver an add-on, you want to know whether this user has this special access. We know this as a license.

In this blog, I will show you how we can let the add-on know what the user’s license is. We are going to do this by giving the user a key, where they can ‘unlock’ functionality by pasting this in their add-on.

Here’s an elegant solution from Riël Notermans (Zzapps) for letting users unlock premium functionality in your Workspace Add-on without relying on an external fetch or database by using an encrypted JWT web token.

You can include various data in the token and this example a subscription email and expiry is included which can be checked locally, for example, comparing the email from Session.getActiveUser().getEmail().

Source: Use JWT as a license key in Google Apps Script add-ons

[Workaround] An alternate to displaying more than 100 widgets/sections in a Google Workspace Add-on

Working around the 100-widget limit in Card Services, used when building Workspace Add-ons.

Like it says on the tin a way to display more than 100 items in a Google Workspace Add-on. The solution also has a nice UX friendly search feature to make it easier to find stuff in the UI. The source post from Sourabh Choraria includes additional information and links to the code on GitHub.

Source: [Workaround] An alternate to displaying more than 100 widgets/sections.

r/GoogleAppsScript – AutoScript – create Google Apps Script code with help of AI #nocode

I’ve seen a couple of proof of concept solutions for AI generated Google Apps Script code, but this one is the most well developed I’ve seen to date. The AutoScript Add-on isn’t fully verified so if you are trying this out I would recommend using disposable credentials (as a Google Workspace admin I created/used a Cloud Identity account). I’ve only done limited testing but was able to get the add-on to generate a functional Google Apps Script code snippet. Simultaneously both amazing and scary to think a chunk of what I do for a living could be replaced by one of our robot friends.