View Full Version : Google Drive Sync

31-05-2012, 05:08 PM
Just tried it out.... First impressions - it's junk.

Google Docs format files are not downloaded and cannot be edited offline. Instead it downloads a link which is supposed to launch Google Drive editor in your browser.

Fat lot of good that is if you have no internet connection at the time!

Of course you can make files in your own office software and upload them, but if you don't convert them to Google's format you can't edit them online - and if you do - you can't edit them offline!

Second problem, trying to actually open a document - I mean link - doesn't work. I got this:


Moreover, Windows KB says that error is caused when you are running XP and you have a removable drive like an Iomega ZIP drive and it's set to letter C:

Problem there, I was running Windows 7, and my C: drive is an internal Western Digital SATA.

Uninstalling this crap. :(

31-05-2012, 05:32 PM
I've been pretty impressed with the SkyDrive sync app... *goes and hides*

31-05-2012, 05:39 PM
I've been pretty impressed with the SkyDrive sync app... *goes and hides* Why hide? It's certainly the best :D Ohh wait, it won't run on Windows XP. :p

kahawai chaser
31-05-2012, 10:54 PM
Google don't really have their own desktop editing/spreadsheet software like MS. But well within their financial means to buy one or maybe make their own. The only work I have noticed they have done with Google docs/spreadsheets are behind the scenes elements, like script enhancements (e.g. Import XMl) to extract info from web sites. Lately tutorials have been coming out. For example I use a script (https://seogadget.co.uk/using-google-docs-to-generate-hot-content-strategies/) to pull latest posts/news from dozens of sites to group in a table, without needing to subscribe to them.

Google docs (now in Drive) seems to be used extensively for backend aspects mainly for quickly analysing, segmenting websites url's, pulling data, content, etc, but not so good for front end, e.g. for formating and editing, including offline. Just plain as. But it's great as a free internet research website tool, particularly with API's. Like here (http://www.seomoz.org/blog/competitive-analysis-in-under-60-seconds-using-google-docs-12649) and here. (http://www.seomoz.org/blog/link-profile-tool-to-discover-linking-activity)

The link you refer to may be Google Docs Viewer. (https://docs.google.com/viewer?pli=1) There is also Google Takeout, (https://www.google.com/takeout/?pli=1) for rolling other Google products together, which may end up in drive. Probably more to be done/enhanced for drive, they tend to be slow in updating their products, except for Adwords (almost daily), which is their Goldmine for their Advertisers and Google itself.