3 reasons I prefer Google Drive over Dropbox for professional use
It took me some time to find a use for Dropbox – and yes there are plenty, but I had already similar services setup on my own, with remote access etc. So even after I started using it, I never felt that it is safe for real professional stuff. And here are the reasons why that is and how Google Drive resolves this issues.
I never trusted Dropbox in that sense and the privacy issues that arouse last year just made it worse. I even tried to use it in a professional way to have a common exchange with a partner designer and it almost worked, until he removed some files I needed.
Since the Folder resides on your own computer you feel like it’s yours – you don’t really feel that you affect other computers/users with your action. If you work on a server that’s different – we have learned that a server is accessed by multiple persons – or even better we can setup the permissions in a way that user A cannot delete content from user B.
So Dropbox is best when just one person needs to access the files from different devices.
Google Drive has solutions to this problems. It’s designed from the start to be used in a multi user environment – Google Docs is an integral part (more about that later) and Google Apps account can use it as well. Single File and Folder sharing is fully integrated and you have revisions available of all the files in your Google Drive.
So if someone deletes a file or changes it you have a old copy in the archive.
I prefer a client/project based folder structure than a mess of folders created by apps – I might not remember the app I created a file in, but I remember the client I created it for.
I expect Google Drive to be more flexible in this area. I already tested the apps that are available and most include a way to import or open files from wherever they are on the Google Drive.
The best app integration is obviously Google Docs. While I had only a complicated way to use Google Docs in a Dropbox scenario (using the sync tool provided from Google, which I didn’t care to setup), now I can easily create a doc outside of Google Docs and edit it on the go in Google Docs. I also have my Google Docs reside on my synced drive and can backup them with whatever solution I want (note: you need to enable Google Docs Offline Mode to do that).
Google Drive is simply less expensive – with $50 a year you get 100 gigs – that’s twice as much space for half of the price. I expect Dropbox to come down with it’s prices, but still I don’t have a reason to buy the service from Dropbox.
What Dropbox shouldn’t do
It’s unfortunate as I think there is space for the easy well working sync service that Dropbox is and has been.
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