With the new year comes a reflection of the past year, and resolutions for the coming year. Let’s have a look back at what our 2019 was like, and what we’re looking forward to in 2020.
Google started verifying third-party apps in the G Suite Marketplace as part of their Project Strobe which involves updates to Google’s user data policy as of October 15, 2019, with the aim for greater security for users of Google Add-ons, especially when it comes to restricted permissions.
To address the above restrictions, Google Sheets add-ons powered by wizy.io are now completely verified and compliant, and we are confident that they handle our customers’ work/school data more securely:
We are committed to making G Merge Plus the best application it can be, and we will develop our own solutions to the restricted permissions of Google Drive API (to overcome restrictions in selecting a drive or converting to PDF) in the first semester of 2020.
We will continue to build our Help Centers for Form Workflow Plus and G Merge Plus to add answers to frequently asked questions and offer solutions and workarounds when available.
We will continue to provide support, and would be happy to provide demos and offer video calls to walk through users of G Merge Plus and Form Workflow Plus.
Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback about our add-ons. You can submit requests via the Help Centers above or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leica PalileoNew Year, New Commitments to Form Workflow Plus and G Merge Plus
Compliance with Google’s User Data Policy: We refined the auth scopes we use and removed minor functions that required restricted scopes.
Google Drive API – We no longer ask permission to write to your Google Drive and sharing is restricted. As a result, you can no longer choose destination folder other than the default so we will be saving your document merges centrally to “My Drive”. This also affects the “convert to PDF” function. (We have a workaround for this where you can use the mail merge function to send the document you created from document merge as PDF via email.)
Gmail API for Aliases – We no longer ask permission to access your Gmail account for the purpose of sending as a different email address that you own. As a result the Alias function is disabled and you can only send as the user that is authenticated (signed-in).
Reports Page: This contains a list of all spreadsheets where you’ve used G Merge Plus and reports of how many emails have been sent and their click rates.
Enhanced Email Templates: While we still have the same easy template editor on the G Merge Plus add-on, we added a drag-and-drop editor, a template library for common ways people use mail merges, and a way for you to see all your templates laid out.
Subscription Management: You can now manage your account settings, view your usage, purchase additional licenses, upgrade your account, and add members to your team easily.
As a result, you can centrally manage your spreadsheets, templates, users, and subscription in a better way though app.gmergeplus.com (this replaces the old portal).
NOTE: If you have a Team or Enterprise Subscription, please inform all of your users or team members about the changes and to install G Merge Plus.
Why did Wizy create a new add-on/application instead of updating G Merge?
Creating G Merge Plus allows us to work on modifying features that Google has changed to restricted without disrupting how the current users of G Merge are using the add-on.
It also gives us confidence that all users opt-in to the changes and understand exactly how we use user data and the permissions granted.
With the current G Merge software, we understand that permissions have already been granted by current users, but due to the changes in Google’s User Data Policy, some API scopes for Google Drive and Gmail that we use to perform certain operations have been changed to restricted or sensitive scopes. Rather than risk that G Merge will no longer function as intended when Google disables or deprecates these, we created G Merge Plus which was designed not to use any of the aforementioned sensitive or restricted scopes, and encourage our users to install the new G Merge Plus instead.
We advise that you install G Merge Plus before January 1, 2020, as Google may suspend the existing G Merge add-on in January in application of its new User Data Policy.
Please refer to our Help Center for articles that will help you navigate the new G Merge Plus.
Wizy.io Launches Its new Product called Form Workflow Plus which enables users to create workflows online anytime, anywhere and on any device using Google Forms and Google Sheets. Approvals made anywhere and any device.
This Revolutionary New Program Enables You to Make Workflows for approvals easier.
No Development, No IT required to create workflows for Approvals for your business. Create workflow processes online with just a Google Sheet linked to a Google Form. Workflows online enables you to have less paperwork and save time and effort in creating approval documents.
The Self-configured workflow is available to everyone in your organization. Built on Google Forms and Google Sheets. Form Workflow Plus is packed with these amazing features:
Workflow right within G Suite / Google Apps – Once Installed from the G Suite Marketplace, Form Workflow Plus will be available to all your colleagues within your domain.
Automate Paper & Email Approvals Online – Lightweight Workflow Tool to help you Automate workflows. No more paperwork since all workflows are available online. Approvals are automatically saved online for easy monitoring and sharing.
Access your Workflows Anywhere (Mobile Or PC) – Connect your Workflow to G Suite and Google Docs. Access your workflows anywhere in the world with any device that can use Google Forms. Complete your Approvals anywhere in the world easily.
Fully Integrated with G Suite / Google Apps and Google Drive – Upload supporting documents to your workflow requests on the fly. Google Drive documents are easily accessible to Managers for Approvals.
Google add-ons G Merge Plus and Form Workflow Plus are powered by Wizy.
Wizy is a Startup Studio for B2B SaaS built on Google technologies. We work with innovative customers to develop disruptive Cloud SaaS solutions. We leverage the power of the Cloud, AI and Mobile adoption to disrupt and innovate.
Wizy was launched in January 2015 simultaneously in San Francisco, Manila and Paris by co-founders Laurent Gasser, Gino Tria and Louis Naugès. We are bootstrapped, financed by our founders and our business. We are free of VC’s and external investors agenda, able to focus exclusively on the value delivered to our customers.
Wizy is “global by design” with founders and teams on 4 continents, as well as customers in 30 countries.