Google Drive the documentation saviour
venkat nitin panaganti | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 25, 2016

Google Drive the documentation saviour

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Google Drive

As students, we use google drive for most of our project needs, mostly for storing our project documentation as we can all simultaneously work on the same document. The drive is mostly free and simple to use, this is the most outstanding quality of the google drive. Also, the advantage of being able to save all types of formats such as doc, txt, csv, xml etc., on the same platform. The problem it addresses is that of sharing project documentations and relevant files within the project team.
  • Multiple types of files on a single platform. As the google drive allows us to store almost all types of files without disrupting or corrupting the files, it is sensible to use google drive for anything that needs to be saved on the cloud and requires access by multiple people.
  • Access permissions. The google drive allows users who create files or folders in the drive to give read or write permissions to the users that the creator shares it with. Prevents unnecessary changes by unauthorized users.
  • Simultaneous editing. All the users who are allowed by the creator of the file or folder are allowed to edit the file simultaneously, it also indicates where each user is working avoiding any collisions while editing. This feature saves a lot of time.
  • I personally feel that the google drive is mostly optimized from the users perspective. However if things are to be spotted out, I would say that there needs to be an improvement in the compatibility of Google Docs and Microsoft office documents.
  • I would personally like to see more editing options in the docx files and pptx files of google drive.
  • Whenever we upload an office file on google drive, 2 files are created on the drive. Though this is for the convenience of the user by creating two formats of files such as a doc file as doc and also docx, and both are updated simultaneously even when user updates only one file, it gets annoying after a point of time for basic/new users. Maybe an update should include automatic conversion of files to the respective format while downloading and uploading.
  • As it was used by me as a student, i dont think i can judge it on the basis of ROI, but it definitely served my purpose to the end.
I feel that using google drive is much simpler compared to the Amazon Cloud Drive. Mastering the usage of the google drive will take much less effort and time as compared to that of Amazon cloud. Though I have never crossed the free storage limit, I know that Amazon charges more than Google for extra storage space.
I have always used google drive for sharing project documentation with all my team members and vice versa. Though it can also be used for other purposes, I have only used it for documentation sharing and simultaneous editing purposes. I think google drive is best suited for cloud storage of documents and also to share them with other users. A less appropriate use would be sharing code over the drive and using it for version control.

Google Drive Feature Ratings

Versioning
10
Video files
Not Rated
Audio files
Not Rated
Document collaboration
10
Access control
10
File search
10
Device sync
Not Rated
User and role management
10
File organization
8
Device management
Not Rated
Performance
10
Reliability
10
Storage Reports
Not Rated