Spanning launched Free Tools for Google Apps over four years ago. These Free Tools were designed to fill some gaps at that time for Google Apps admins and end users. Over the past four years, Google’s products have evolved to fill the gaps addressed by Spanning’s Free Tools. As a result, the need for Free Tools for Google Apps has significantly decreased. After careful consideration, we have decided to end support for Spanning Free Tools for Google Apps. The apps will continue to work until August 18th 2016, after which it will be deprecated and will no longer be supported.
Below is more information on Spanning’s Free Tools and the suggested replacements provided by current Google Apps features.
Undelete for Google Calendar
Google Calendar Undelete helped users quickly and easily restore Google Calendar events with the details intact.
Last year Google added functionality to restore individual and recurring calendar events directly from Google Calendar. This change removes the need for Spanning Undelete for Google Calendar.
Spanning Stats for Google Drive
Spanning Stats for Google Drive provided admins detailed Google Drive Stats and Analytics. Using Stats for Google Drive, admins could view how their domain's use of Google Drive and Docs changed over time, as well as how much of the storage is being consumed by different media types.
Google’s administrator console has evolved over time to provide admins a way to view Drive stats at a very granular level in a highly customizable report. Google has also added aggregate reports to the Google Admin console so that admins can view Drive file count, storage quota, etc. at the domain level. These additions remove the need for Spanning Stats for Google Drive.
Admin Audit Log Viewer
Spanning Admin Audit Log Viewer showed admins what's been happening in their Google Apps domain. The Admin Audit Log Viewer helped admins make sure they knew what other admins are doing in their domain by providing a historical log of all actions taken in the admin console.
Google’s administrator console now provides an admin audit log that shows an activity stream of every single task performed by admins in the Google Admin console, including who performed that task. Google also allows admins to customize the report by adding filters for specific event types, user names, admin names, or date ranges. Admins can also set alerts based on specific event types to be sent to Super Admins, or optionally other recipients. Admins can also use Google Admin app for Android and iOS to view the admin audit log and manage their domain using their smartphones.
These additions remove the need for Spanning’s Admin Audit Log Viewer.