Google Drive: Google’s Version of Cloud Storage

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Google has now launched its own cloud storage service – Google Drive. It’s like DropBox, iCloud, and SkyDrive just made by Google. But if you’re going to look more closely, it’s also Google Docs reorganized that can accept or upload any file types (including EXEs or DMGs). And like other cloud storages, it also creates a folder in your system (once installed) where it syncs your files in the cloud making it available anywhere.

I’ve been using DropBox to host my files and images and they say that Google Drive will be a tough competitor against it. Google’s cloud storage initially offers 5GB of free space. I was able to have my Google Drive activated (on my Google Apps account) and here are some screenshots and things that I wanted to share.

As you can see, “Drive” replaced “Documents” on the Google Apps menu and clicking it will bring you to the somewhat updated Google Docs page. You can create your folders, upload files in them, and share them to other users. You’ll also see a download button to download and install Google Drive. This software will create a folder on your machine and files in that folder will be available on all devices (no iOS yet).

After installing, you’ll be asked to login using your Google account. A Google Drive folder is created in your account folder – “C:\Users\username\Google Drive\” for Windows  and “/Users/username/Google Drive/” on a Mac.

After logging in, you can start syncing your documents from the Web to your local Google Drive folder. You can also share those folders, via the web interface, the way you share your Google Docs.

It’s a good image host. All images used in this post, except the logo, is hosted in my Google Drive. I just wish there’s a “Copy Public link” option for files so I can just give out links for file downloads instead of sharing the whole folder.

Update:

I don’t think it’s a good idea to use Google Drive to host your images and other downloadable files. I got this Error 403 when clicking the images from this post and they were not displayed.

Friday is Free Day – Precipitate

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Precipitate

Precipitate

Spotlight is a nifty, little tool that does great wonders when searching for files on your Mac. However, some of our data/files/documents are stored in the cloud, e.g. Google Docs, and searching for them can be quite a hassle. You have to open your browser and login to do a manual search. Now, an open source program called Precipitate will let Spotlight search for your files in the cloud.

This Mac OS X-only program will let you search for your Google Docs, Bookmarks, and Picasa Web Albums via Spotlight. According to Google, Precipitate creates files on your machine and periodically checks the server for updates. Download Precipitate from the its Google Code website.

Below are screenshots I made searching for my Google Docs files after installing Precipitate.

Search a Shared Doc

Search a Shared Doc

Search my own document

Search my own document

Precipitate is easy to install but if you need help, here’s a link to a step-by-step guide on installing the app.

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