Google has updated Drive with brand new “home screens,” which feature an updated view to find your most relevant and recently edited documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
The new look is clearly inspired by Material Design, which we expect to continue its rollout to other Google products in the coming months. There’s also some nice drag and drop functionality that has been added, allowing users to quickly place documents into created folders. You’ll be able to view your most recent activity on a right sidebar as well — this feature is especially useful if you’re sharing the account with others.
Keeping the documents on your computer organized in the past was as easy as creating named folders and clicking/dragging files into those folders. Now with the rise of the cloud, there are hundreds of tools that can be used to help users access their files from almost anywhere.
Google Drive has become one of the best of those options.
Many people use Google Drive solely for online word processing and document storing, but since the popular web application introduced “Drive for your computer,” users have begun using Drive to sync files on their computer with Google Drive online.
Want to get started with “Drive for your computer?” Read along below for detailed instructions.
The bug that was preventing AT&T owners of the HTC One (M8) from redeeming their 50GB of Google Drive space is now getting fixed. The carrier is pushing an update to the device after approving it from HTC. After installing the update, there is a chance that your free storage is still not there. In that case, clear data from the Drive application in Settings and all should be well.
Let us know in the comments if you have gotten the update and enjoyed the 50GB of space.
If you’re a Todoist user, you’re about to get a few nice upgrades that should help you stay on top of sharing and managing files. The company announced that they are bringing both Google Drive and Dropbox integration, plus support for managing and adding native files.
If you’re a free user that’s previously shared a project with other users, you’ll be able to attach images, spreadsheets, documents, etc. directly from Google Drive and Dropbox from within Todoist. Unfortunately, they’re restricting that feature from users that haven’t shared any projects.
We have a good news for those who keep their presentation slides in Google Drive. Google announced Tuesday on its blog that images can now be edited by users in Google Slides and Drawings.
The company introduced a range of tools which enable image editing directly from within Slides and Drawings. These include cropping, applying masks, and adding borders to the images. These tools are quite useful since most of us usually end up noticing that some of the images in the slides require a little editing and with these new tools, we no longer need to depend on an external image editing program.
With support for Google Play Games being extended to the iOS platform, developers will need tools to enable this throughout their games. That will be coming forthwith as Google prepares to rollout a new SDK for developers in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Laying the groundwork for that, Google has started rolling out an update to Google Play Services that includes new APIs.
Google Drive is receiving an update today that brings small, useful additions alongside some bug fixes. First up is a new 1×1 widget that links directly to the document scanning feature within Google Drive. Also added in the update is the support for animated GIFs. And, as most updates do, unidentified bug fixes are included.
Hit the break for download links and let us know if the update has been pushed to your device.
Today, Google Drive added a new “activity stream” that makes it easier to track changes in documents that are shared among multiple users. The stream will track edits and comments, as well as actions like adding new spreadsheets, renaming documents, and changing the users who a file was shared with. To access the stream, click the new info button in the top navigation bar, and it will pop up.
The feature will begin rolling out over the next week, so don’t fret if you don’t see it just yet.
Source: Google Drive Blog
The Google Drive app is seeing an update that should add several productivity features to document editing, including the ability to find and replace text, advanced table management, and names styles for your documents. These features have been available in the web version of Drive, but now they’ll finally be added into the Android app. You can also finally rename scanned documents before you upload them, and tablets can view files in a two-column view.
This is going to be one of Google’s infamous staged rollouts, so keep an eye out for the update in the next few days.
Popular Android productivity suite Quickoffice has been given another update, making it much more integrated with Google Drive. Google bought the suite back in June, and since then we have seen a number of updates bringing Google Drive and Quickoffice closer and closer together.
This particular update means that when Google Drive and Quickoffice is installed on the same device, Google Drive will automatically open documents, spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations. The update also brought a few bug fixes and performance upgrades.
It seems to be only a matter of time until Quickoffice is phased out completely and Google Drive handles all your office needs on your Android Device. The question of when that will be remains unanswered, but in the meantime having both apps is becoming less and less of a problem as they become more integrated with each other.
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