Launch Desktop Applications from Drive and a new Drive iOS app

posted Nov 20, 2014, 12:50 PM by Jennifer Mruk

Google recently announced a new extension for Chrome that allows users to open files from Drive directly into a compatible application installed on the computer. Apps like advanced image and video editing software, accounting and tax programs, and 3D animation and design tools are all included. With the new Google Chrome extension, Drive users are no longer limited to using applications that will only work in their browser.

Install the latest version of the Drive for Mac or PC (version 1.18) and sync your files. When your files are synced, navigate to Drive in the Chrome browser (you must be on the new Google Drive), right-click on the file and select "Open with" to see a list of compatible applications on your computer that can open the file. For example, you can choose to open a .psd with Photoshop, make edits, and then save the changes back to Drive. The updated .psd will sync across all of your devices and other collaborators. We expect to have the new Chrome extension in the UMICH domain in the coming weeks. For more information, see Launch desktop applications from Google Drive when using Chrome

Google has also announced that a new version of the Google Drive iOS app, optimized for iOS 8, is now available in the App Store. The new app includes the following features:
  • Open files from Drive and save back to Drive from other apps on your device (iOS 8 only)
  • Unlock Drive using Touch ID (iOS 8 only)
  • Save videos from Drive to your device’s camera roll (tap File Info icon > Open In > Save Video
For more information, see New version of Google Drive iOS app