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New Google Docs toolkit can automate tasks

It could take the pain out of filling out forms and bulk documens.
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Are you tired of having to wade through Google Docs files, or make countless changes to templates every time you want to use them? Google might soon bring relief. It's officially launching a Google Docs programming interface that lets developers automate many common tasks, whether it's inserting text, changing the formatting or managing lists. If you're producing invoices, for example, an app could automatically fill out product info and numbers.

A number of recognizable names have already been using the framework during the testing phase, including Netflix and Mailchimp. Exciting? Not necessarily -- but it could be good news if you'd rather spend more time getting work done than bogging yourself down with repetitive typing.

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