Google Drive

25 Apr 2012  1 Comment

The long rumored “G-Drive” has been eluding us for a few years now but it is finally here. Google is going head-to-head with Dropbox with its Google Drive and here are some of the advantages of using Google’s solution:

  • Paid plans are cheaper
  • Offers more free space 5GB  (unless you have Dropbox referrals)
  • Images and videos uploaded through Google+ do not count against your available space (restrictions apply)
  • Document collaboration ala Google Docs
  • Supports online viewing for "over 30 file types" including Photoshop, illustrator and HD Video (not sure how the support stacks up to Dropbox)
  • Sync appears to be much faster than Dropbox
  • Space also applies to other Google products: Gmail & Picasa
  • Shared files give you a commenting and chat interface – which is actually more useful than it sounds
  • If you happen to be grandfathered into a Google storage plan the prices are DIRT CHEAP.
  • Improved search over Dropbox – including OCR recognition of PDFs, etc. This is really nice for eBooks.
  • Files can be kept forever even if you stop paying. Stop paying and your files over the free storage limit will remain with read-only access as long as you want them. You could consider it pay once forever hosting.
  • File-level app permissions. Apps don’t need access to your entire Dropbox, you can grant them access to a single file.

The service is still not available for everyone, it is slowly rolling out..

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  • http://www.zdistrict.com Marzouq

    I have it already, and installed it on a few machines! I like that I can see the docs I already worked on and its competition for DropBox but right now nobody has better integration then DropBox or flexibility! Doesn’t mean I’m not gonna use it :P

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