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  1. 1. Getting Started Using Google Docs™ with Alfresco
  2. 2. Background The success of Google Docs has been primarily due to the value provided by its collaboration capabilities. However, what began as a “cool collaboration tool,” generally adopted for better access to documents, has evolved into a true productivity platform. With the addition of rich functionality demanded by users, Google Docs™ has become a viable alternative to traditional productivity platforms. The most significant factor in the adoption of Google Docs™ by businesses has been its ability to enable collaboration with features such as:  Accessibility for anyone with a modern browser and Internet connection;  Sharing via email, exporting, or simply granting access to other users;  Real time collaboration that allows users to see updates from other collaborators as they edit the document; and  Chatting with collaborators while editing to discuss changes being made. Ultimately, Google realized that Google Docs™ could never be a viable alternative to traditional productivity platforms without more robust capabilities particularly related to formatting capabilities and reliable mechanisms for migrating content. Consequently, Google has taken the service a major leap forward with a recent release of features that include:  Document formatting tools such as rulers (for setting margins, indentations, and tab stops) that rival traditional desktop applications.  Significant improvements in the ability to import documents. These features are ushering in a new wave of adoption by users who can, and will, use Google Docs™ as their primary productivity platform. This burgeoning adoption has expedited the convergence of Google Docs™ tools with Enterprise technologies, particularly ECM platforms. Alfresco and Google Docs™ Alfresco provides powerful and massively scalable repository services for the control of critical information. Google Docs™ provides a refreshing and empowering user experience for the creation and development of that information. Both solutions have experienced extraordinary adoption within the small/mid-market market and both have moved into the Enterprise market with equal aplomb and success. The increasing market demand for and adoption of Alfresco and Google Docs™ has made an intersection of the two solutions immanent. True to the character of the company and culture of the community, Alfresco recognized the need, identified the value, and delivered a solution. Alfresco has released an integration that makes the use of Google Docs™ seem more natural than the use of traditional desktop applications. The goal of this document is to introduce you to the process of using these two solutions together and, thus, experience it for yourself.
  3. 3. How to Use the Google Docs Integration The primary methods of adding content to the Alfresco repository are adding free form text and uploading existing content. This guide will pay particular attention to the former but will explain the differences when using the latter. Creating an Item with the Content Wizard This scenario will start with using a wizard to create an item. Then you will go through the typical steps involved with the editorial process using Google Docs. The Steps:  Login to your Share application  Navigate to a Document Library within a Share Site.
  4. 4.  Click on the “Create Content” link  Select the “Google Docs™ Document” item If you do not see the Google Docs items, your environment is not configured to allow the integration. For help with configuring your environment, see the “Configuration Notes” section of this document.  Fill out the form presented to you with some content. If you would like some sample text to use, “Lorem Ipsum” is always a convenient option. SAMPLE CONTENT Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Fusce tortor urna, rhoncus vel semper nec, sodales commodo neque. Nulla accumsan, nisl vel viverra mattis, quam libero aliquet lorem, a commodo sem purus vel lacus. Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Etiam porta leo vitae sem imperdiet vel accumsan ante facilisis. Suspendisse potenti. Nulla facilisi. Cras nulla felis, hendrerit ac bibendum at, pellentesque et augue. Aliquam feugiat purus non justo cursus consequat. Praesent turpis augue, blandit et luctus eget, aliquam ac turpis. Mauris nulla arcu, elementum sed molestie vel, condimentum non lorem. Ut in ante viverra libero vestibulum aliquam. Maecenas fringilla lobortis pulvinar. Donec felis velit, faucibus non suscipit in, viverra quis mauris. Maecenas pellentesque arcu at nisl porttitor sit amet porttitor urna congue.
  5. 5.  Save your content item  Go to the “Details” page for your item  Select the “Document Action” called “Checkout to Google Docs”  Notice the message presented below the breadcrumb  Click on the “Google Docs” link in order to edit the document in Google Docs  Save the item from the File>Save menu  Return to the Alfresco Share “Details” page for your item  Click on the “Checkin from Google Docs” link under Actions  CONGRATULATIONS! Your content has been created in Alfreso, edited in Google Docs, and brought back into Alfresco
  6. 6. Creating an Item via Upload Since you will frequently have documents created and you simply want to manage them with Alfresco, you can also upload your document into Alfresco and edit it in Google Docs. The process goes as follows: As you can see, the process is generally the same with a few exceptions. Most notably, you need to enable the capability for your item by going to the “Details” page for your item and adding the “Google Editable” aspect.
  7. 7. Configuration Notes The two configuration files that require modification are:  Share Properties Files o  /tomcat/shared/classes/alfresco/web-extension/share-config-custom.xml Google Docs Properties o /tomcat/webapps/alfresco/WEB-INF/classes/alfresco/subsystems/googledocs/default/ Share Properties File Here, you need to:  Ensure that you have the Google Editable Aspect declared. o  <aspect name="gd:googleEditable" /> Look for the Google Docs section of the file and ensure that you have the “enabled” option set to “true” o <enabled>true</enabled> Google Docs Properties Here, the primary items of concern are setting “enabled” to “true” and filling in your account information.