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Google Drive is a just one part of the Google cloud, but it is without a doubt one of the most important parts. It not only permits you to save your important (and large) files, but also share them with others whenever you desire. That being said, it is no surprise that Google Drive has been gaining in popularity lately, and that a number of third party apps have been developed in order to make the whole drive experience more useful than just a folder in the cloud.
Google Drive is actually compatible with a number of apps, all of which can be installed from the Chrome store. Some of them are free, and while other cost, they are never quite enough to break the bank. The best part about these applications is that they perform highly useful functions that one might have expected from standard (expensive) desktop applications just a few years ago.
- Manage Projects
- Create Flow Charts
- Edit Images
- Edit Videos
- Sign Documents
- And much, much more.
The best part, of course, is that no matter how many applications you have installed, you will still be able to access every single one of them through Google Drive on the Web. If you find that you do not like or want a particular installed application, you may remove it at your discretion simply by finding it within drive and selecting the proper option.
Another great aspect to this is app support. You may find that you have trouble with a particular application, which is not uncommon, and with that being the case, you will need to make sure that you get proper support. With Google Apps, you can always contact the creator of the third party program by going to the product page itself.
One great example of a Google App and one of our favorites is Cloud Convert. This great piece of software allows you to convert a number of different file types using the cloud. This type of software might have cost you several hundred dollars in the past, but now, you can actually get it free and run it directly from Google Drive. This is just one example of the software available from the Chrome Web Store, and you are certain to find something that you like or absolutely need if you continue looking.
Google Drive Apps are slowly but surely replacing the desktop application. With tablets and low capability netbooks (ChromeBooks, etc.) replacing the larger, bulkier desktops, it is becoming more and more necessary for us to utilize cloud applications, and before we know it, we will have switched to them almost exclusively. While this might sound like a nightmare to some, for others it has been a long time coming. No matter which side of the fence you fall on, you can be rest assured that Google’s cloud applications will take care of you, allowing you to get as much mileage out of the cloud as possible!
The world is becoming a more connected place, and the cloud apps are finally becoming more sophisticated. Starting with something as simple as Google Docs, cloud apps have turned into a full-fledged software suite with free software, paid software, and a multitude of games if you are interested. Help is just a click away, and the next great piece of software is right around the corner.