Friday, June 29, 2012

Google Drive iOS App released

Google Drive Apps for iOS and Chrome OS

iOS/ChromeOS: If you've been waiting for offline document editing in Google Docs, wait no longer. Google announced offline editing at Google I/O today, and Google Drive, Google's Dropbox-like competitor, picked up native apps for iOS and Chrome OS which allow you to view and edit documents in full screen on your iPhone, iPad, or Chromebook.

The Google Drive app gives you access to your files stored in your Google Drive folder and all of your documents stored in Google Docs. You can pull up PDF documents on your iPad, read documents, view images in full-screen, and more. Best of all, if you're working on a document in Google Docs offline, you can continue working in your document and your changes are cached locally and are synchronized as soon as you come back online. Offline editing for Google Docs is available right now.

Google Docs and Google Drive are already available for the WebWindows and OS X, and Android. You can pick up the native Google Drive client for iOS at the link below.

Google Drive| iTunes App Store

Source: Lifehacker

Google Docs Offline editing (How to enable)

How to Use Google Docs Offline

The Day 2 keynote at Google I/O was no match for yesterday’s Android keynote, but Google delivered when it came to Google Docs. At long last, Google Docs has offline editing. The update has been added to Google Docs as of today, but you’ll need to take a few steps to enable it.

Offline mode in Google Docs is especially useful while traveling when you are offline and don’t have internet access like in a cafe or in an airplane. When you get back online, your changes will be synced to the cloud. One drawback, however, is that offline support isn’t available to the full Google Docs suite. You’ll be able to edit only documents offline. You can view spreadsheets, but you can’t edit them. Presentations, drawings and other items from your Documents List won’t be available while you’re offline.

If you use Firefox or Internet Explorer, this next bit of news might be disappointing: Offline mode works only in the Chrome browser. It’s a smart tactic by Google to get people to use Chrome, but it is a bit annoying if you don’t regularly use the browser.

After setting up Chrome, you will need to allow offline access on your computer. If you’re using the classic look, click the gear icon in the upper right-hand of your window. If you are using the new look, click the grey gear just above your document list. You’ll see a new option in the drop-down menu that reads “Set up Docs offline (beta).”

After clicking on that option, you’ll be taken to a separate window with an “Enable offline Docs” button. When you complete that step, you’ll be asked to install the Google Drive Chrome web app (if you haven’t already). You’re taken directly to the Chrome Store where you can quickly download the Drive app. The app will show up alongside your other Chrome apps; click on it and you’re back to your 

Documents List.

In the upper right corner, you’ll see a notification informing you that your recently opened documents and spreadsheets are being synchronized. Click “View offline Docs” from the gear menu, and you can see which documents are available to you offline. And that’s it--you’re ready to start working on Google Docs offline. The whole process takes about five minutes to set up if you already have Chrome installed on your PC.

Google Documents in offline mode worked well and felt stable once I had it set up. I was disappointed
that you can't actually create documents offline; you can only edit them. Bizarrely, there’s a button at the top of your offline documents window labeled “New Document,” but clicking on it brings you to a page informing you “this document is not available offline.” It seems like an oversight to include this non-functioning function, but this is a Google beta project after all. I hope that Google expands offline editing mode to spreadsheets and presentations in future updates as well.

Source: PCWorld