Tuesday, February 23, 2016

formRecycler is live in the Google Forms Add-on store!

Did you ever want to just reuse a few questions from a Form in your Drive? Now you can! Just pick the Form in the popup window and it will populate with the questions from the Form. Select the questions you want to insert and the formRecycler will automagically insert them at the end of the Form!
formRecycler is a Google Forms Add-on that allows you to choose one question (or many) to copy from a Google Form in your Drive to the current Form. Just click on formRecycler in the Add-on menu and choose the Form you want to copy the questions from in the popup window. You can select as many questions as you want. Click insert and my minions will insert your chosen questions at the bottom of your Form. 
Currently, it will not insert Youtube videos from Forms!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

g(Math) new Expressions API is live!

The item at the top of my TODO list for the longest time has been to create a new API to use for the g(Math) Create Expressions. I had been using the Google Image Charts API (which was deprecated in 2014) and the underlying LaTeX was incomplete and had a limited image length. For example, you could not use a "normal" angle symbol for Geometry or render a basic matrix equation.

The new Expressions API is live! Beyond the much improved expression length (it is still limited by the Google URLFetch Quota of 2kb, but that is about 3/4 of a page of math and text; much, much improved!), you can now use pretty much a full LaTeX implementation. I have not found much that you cannot do LaTeX-wise. You can even use color by using the \color{blue} for instance! I will updating the pre-built buttons in the coming weeks to include colors and a more robust library of pre-built expressions. Look for an interface overhaul as well!

Here is an example of what is now possible! The new API will also be rolling out to g(Math) for Forms and Sheets!