13 apps for a more productive 2013 Day 7: Google Drive

Heading out of 2012 and into 2013 I am highlighting one app/program a day that helps me with my productivity. This is Day 7 and today I’m going to introduce you to Google Drive.

So in my last entry in the series I mentioned the app CloudOn and how I don’t use it much because I use Google Drive. So here is my quick intro to Google Drive and how/why you should use it for a more productive 2013.

I am usually an early adapter, but with Google Drive, I was kind of a late bloomer, well for me at least.

Google Drive was out for about 6 months before I really started using it. But now I find myself using it more and more. If you are new to cloud based computing, like my Dad who still uses a thumb drive (FacePalm) then Google Drive would probably be the one I recommend you use for document storage.

Google Drive is the next step in the continuting eveluition of Google Docs, Google’s webbased office suite to compete with Microsoft Office. But Google Drive added a lot of new features to Docs.

One of the new features Drive added was a folder you can place on your computer to sync with your Google Drive cloud based account. If you are familiar with Dropbox this acts in a similar manner as your Dropbox folder on your computer.

A big advantage that Drive has over Dropbox is the ability to edit documents, including Microsoft Office documents, right in Drive. Drive also starts you out with a free 5gb of storage space.

Drive is fantastic for collaboration as you can start a document, share it with a team member and you both can have access to the files and the ability to edit and see what the other person is editing.

While Dropbox may be the gold standard in online cloud storage, I believe within a year or two tops Google Drive will pass Dropbox.


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13 apps for a more productive 2013 Day 6: CloudOn

Heading out of 2012 and into 2013 I am highlighting one app/program a day that helps me with my productivity. This is Day 6 and today I’m going to introduce you to CloudOn.

CloudOn is a free app that brings the power of Microsoft Office to your iPad or Android powered tablet. Yes, it also works on phones.

I have not been a Microsoft Office user in many years now using GoogleDocs/Drive, but I know I am in the minority. Teaching many iPad and Evernote classes to agents I have learned most real estate agents are still using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

From within CloudOn you can edit an existing document or create a new one then email it stairght to someone else for review.

Cloud on will also sync with Dropbox, Box.net, Google Drive and iCloud.

So if that is you, and you want a simple, easy to use and free app to manage your Office documents then CloudOn is going to help you have a much more productive 2013.

 

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