One of the new innovations with Google Apps (or Google Docs, as you may call them) is the introduction of Google Drive. If you are already familiar with Dropbox, this is a very similar service from Google.
When you login to Google Apps you’ll have the option to use Google Drive. In fact, it may already be turned on by default.
And you really do not have to do anything at this point — you can continue using Google Apps like you have in the past. But the cool part of Google Drive is the file syncing between computers.
First, Google Drive will copy all of your GoogleDocs to your computer in a new folder.
This is the same folder where you can drag-in non-Google files, such as Word documents, photos, movies, or anything on your Mac.
To allow this to happen, click the “Download Google Drive” option from within Google Apps.
Once the application downloads, drag the application into your Applications folder. Once completed, double-click the icon in your Applications folder.
Next, you’ll be asked to sign-in.
Use your Goochland credentials for Google Apps.
You can turn off advanced options, including choosing not to sync your Google Docs. Once installed, the copying will commence and two new options will appear on screen.
The first is a menubar extra that will allow you to monitor what Drive is doing in the background. From here you can monitor storage, and have easy access to your Google Drive folder.
Your Google Drive folder has been placed in your home directory (/Users/jhendron/Google Drive for me). If you use a mobile device, you can access Google Drive on iOS and Android. Please be aware if you are loading Goochland documents of a sensitive nature on a personal device to take special security considerations on your device (such as setting a passcode on the device).
You can also download the Google Drive application on another personal Macintosh computer or Windows PC.
Let me know below if you have questions about using Google Drive! For an introduction from Google, visit this page and watch the video!