Originally posted on Google Apps Developers Blog
Posted by Tom Holman, Product Manager, Google Sheets
There was a time when office work used to be all about pushing physical paper.
Computing and productivity tools have made things better, but workers still
find themselves doing the same tasks over and over across the different apps
they use: copying and pasting from a CRM app to a slide presentation, or
manually exporting data from a project management app just to turn around and
import it back into a spreadsheet. It’s the digital equivalent of pushing
To make it easier to get the job done across multiple apps, without all the
copy and paste, we’re announcing three new APIs and a new feature to help
workers get to the data they need, when and where they need it.
Build seamless integrations with the new Sheets and Slides APIs
Our new APIs let developers connect their apps—and the data within them—more
deeply with Google Sheets and Google Slides.
The new Sheets API gives developers programmatic access to powerful features in
the Sheets web and mobile interfaces, including charts and pivot tables. For
example, developers can use Sheets as part of a rich workflow that pushes data
from their app into Sheets and allows users to collaborate on that data before
the updated data is pulled back into the original app, removing altogether the
need to copy and paste.
Teams at Anaplan, Asana, Sage, Salesforce, and SAP Anywhere are already building interesting integrations with the new Sheets API. Check
out the video below to see an overview of what’s possible as well as several
Partner integrations with the new Google Sheets API
The new Sheets API is available today. Find the developer documentation as well
as a codelab to help you get started at developers.google.com/sheets.
Similar to the Sheets API, the new Slides API gives developers programmatic
access to create and update presentations. For example, developers can use this
API to push data and charts into Slides to create a polished report from source
data in other application, ready to present.
Conga, ProsperWorks, SalesforceIQ and Trello are all building integrations with Slides using the new API. Several examples
of what’s possible are in the video below.
Partner integrations with the new Google Slides API
The Slides API will be launching in the coming months, and these partner
integrations will be available soon after. You can sign up for early access to
the Slides API at developers.google.com/slides.
Keep your data in sync with the new Classroom API
For developers building tools and workflows for schools, the Classroom API has
launched new coursework endpoints to help you build stronger integrations that
keep your data in sync. Read the full announcement on the Google for Education
Sync assignments & grades programmatically with the Google Classroom API
Say goodbye to stale data with linked charts
Finally, to make sure we can help keep all this data flowing seamlessly from
app to app, users can now also embed linked charts from Sheets into Docs or
Slides. The result? Once the underlying data in a spreadsheet changes, whether
that change comes from an action taken in another app via the API or a
collaborator, an updated chart in the corresponding presentation or document is
just one click away.
Linked charts allow for easy updates in Docs & Slides
For more information, see how to add a chart to a document or to a presentation.
We can't wait to see what you build.