Announcing the arrival of Google Drive! Google Docs has been a simple tool for collaboration that we could use to exchange drafts and files that we created using the specific tools offered by Google…documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms or drawings.
Recently Google opened up more options by changing the system we had come to know as ‘documents’ into Drive. Now we can still use the google tools for collaboration, plus we can add files created in other formats including pdf and video.
I like having the files that I’ve created in one place. Some have wondered if Google Drive would spell the end of DropBox or Evernote. Some people may change their pattern of use, but I plan to continue to include both in my work as well as the resources at the Amazon cloud. Part of my choice is affected by the point that I have quite a bit of material in place for each. The various resources have different attractions and/or usefulness. That tiresome expression about apples and oranges has application. Another tiresome expression comes to mind about no free lunch; by spreading my use across the array of services, I can maintain the no cash levels. It could mean more work, but still less cash output.
I give Google Drive five stars at the moment. The little ‘synch’ things that bother me — when the options on the toolbar aren’t available — seem to be my individual problem. I can’t find reference to them in any known issues list. It could be my Internet connection as much as Google Drive and isn’t serious enough to be a deal breaker.
All in all, I welcome the addition to Cloud Working. It has made a difference in the software I can choose and lets me be online with my content anywhere.