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.
Our users love using Form Workflow Plus. It’s an amazingly useful tool for automating approvals and data gathering.
The top use case is the management of day-off requests. Our Google Sheets add-on will let an employee submit a day-off request through Google Forms. From there, it goes directly to a supervisor’s email for approval. Everybody involved is notified by an email, while the owner of the workflow gets a record of all the results in a spreadsheet.
Form Workflow can also be used for a host of other tasks, for example, shared resources requests, purchase approvals and booking forms.
It’s a tool for the entire company. So we are happy to announce that you can now deploy Form Workflow to everybody in your organization. Use the add-on in all departments and by all users in your Google Domain, with absolutely no limits.
Interested? Email us at email@example.com.
A strong entrepreneurial spirit and a love for challenges define Gilles Meiers, Wizy.io’s Growth & Marketing Director. A transplanted Frenchman, Gilles was previously with Paris-based Revevol and Global Innovation in New York.
Gilles MeiersUse Form Workflow Plus across your domain
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.