New Chrome extension lets you open your desktop apps from Google Drive


To simplify your life, Google is releasing a new Chrome extension called Application Launcher for Google Drive that allows you to open files stored in Google Drive from the relevant desktop app installed on your Mac or PC. This bypasses the need to first download a copy on Google Drive to your PC or Mac and also making sure that you’ll have the latest copy stored on the Drive too.

If you’ve ever tried looking for a document in your cloud platform, but realized that the latest version of the document is actually saved locally on your Mac system, you’ll how important that sync can be.

According to Google, the functionality supports advanced image and video editing software, accounting and tax programs, or 3D animations and design tools. Before you can start, make sure you have the latest version of Google Drive. Open up Drive, right-click on the file you want and select “Open with”. You are displayed with a list of apps on your computer that support the file format. What makes this more convenient is that once you open a file like a PDF in Adobe Reader for example, just be sure to save any changes, and they’ll be synced right back up to your Google Drive automatically.

The release is part of Google’s biggest attempt to merge two worlds: the Web and the desktop.

Rachel Barton, a Google Drive Product Manager, wrote in a blog post that it doesn’t matter what yu store in Drive, using the web to access and manage files doesn’t mean yu’re limited to using apps that only work in your browser.

You can straight away download the chrome extension from the Chrome store.

Via: PCworld