Launch Google Drive Files Directly From The Chrome Web Browser
Today Google released a new Chrome extension for Google Drive that allows both Windows and OS X programs to be launched right from the compatible desktop application.
Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storage services in the marketplace today, and what I like most about this platform is that it not only integrates perfectly with Chrome OS, but also works well with both Windows and OS X.
However, you may sometimes run into problems when you navigate Drive in the browser and try to open a file.
“When it comes to browsers and installed applications working well together, they aren’t quite on the same page,” says Rachel Barton, Product Manager, Google Drive. “To change that, today we’re launching a new extension for Chrome that lets you open files from Google Drive directly into a compatible application installed on your computer.”
Dubbed as Application Launcher for Drive, the tool saves you from the tedious process of downloading Google Drive files to your desktop, instead you can directly open them from your browser in the correct desktop application. These include apps like apps like advanced image and video editing software, accounting and tax programs, or 3D animation and design tools.
To get started, you will need to install the latest version of Google Drive app for OS X or Windows (version 1.18) and sync your files. Then, visit Google Drive in Chrome, right-click on a file, and select “Open with” to see a list of applications on your computer that can open it.
“For example, you can choose to open a PDF file with Adobe Reader, or a .psd with Photoshop,” Barton explains.
After you’re done making your edits, save the changes to Drive, and it will sync them across all your devices and other collaborators.
Given its own Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps, the company doesn’t mention Microsoft Office, but it should be compatible with the extension as well.
The feature seems to be simple, yet it makes a huge difference in enhancing our productivity and efficiency. In addition to the fact that we no longer need to save a file locally to open in a program, it simply saves time, and as we all know, time is what that matters the most!
With the release, Google aims at interweaving desktop apps with its Chrome OS. In fact, it’s part of Google’s bigger strategy where the search giant plans to merge the Web and the desktop.