Dropbox or Google Drive, which one to pick as an architect?
Today, there are many storage services and tools that are readily available for both personal and business use. In the field of architecture, these storage services are very useful and always needed particularly for the storage of important files, projects and other relevant details. Due to the importance of these storage services to architects, it is essential to utilize one that provides the best. It is a known fact that storing important files in the hard drive of laptops or external storage devices is not dependable since it can be easily destroyed in case of natural calamities, viruses or accidental deletion. Today, architects can choose from different storage services that offer cloud capabilities which allows users to access information on different devices. With this added convenience, it helps with the easy accessibility of the information.
When it comes to storage services, you might have heard about Dropbox and Google Drive. These two storage services are two similar cloud storage services. They are very useful when it comes to the syncing and sharing of files on different devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops. The two storage services are not just limited for personal use, but also for architects and other professions in need of a dependable and highly functional tool. There are certain differences between the two that you should be familiar with if you cannot decide which one to use to store important architectural files and documents.
Dropbox was released in the public back in 2008 and eventually became a go-to-service for cloud-based storage, particularly for the average consumers. In 2012, Dropbox has been the preferred cloud storage service by 100 million users all over the globe. Google Drive was just launched last April with approximately 10 million users at the present. Both the Google Drive and Dropbox are built with the drag-and-drop syncing while at the same time offering a certain free storage but if it is used up, you can pay for additional storage space if needed.
In terms of the storage space and the price, Dropbox offers 2GB of storage space while Google Drive provides 5GB of free storage space. The difference with Dropbox is that it makes life for architects a lot easier when accessing the free storage by offering 125MB extra storage space if it is connected to Facebook and another 125MB if connected to Twitter. There is also the chance to earn additional storage by simply inviting other fellow architects, friends and family to join Dropbox. There is even a Pro plan offered by Dropbox that starts at the price of $9.99 every month for 100GB and up to $49.99 every month of 500GB storage space. With Google Drive, it offers 25GB of storage space for $2.49 every month, 100GB for $4.99 every month and up to 16TB of storage space at the price of $799 every month. Obviously, architects should opt for Google Drive if the storage space and price is the concern. Google Drive provides affordable options than Dropbox as well as offering added storage that is free. Although Dropbox allows users to simply obtain extra storage space for free, Google Drive delivers more space at a cheaper price.
When it comes to the desktop client, both Dropbox and Google Drive provide architects with a similar desktop client. Both storage services allow users to see and readily access all the stored files in the desktop folder. A limitation with Google Drive is that you can only open documents in Google Docs. Even though it works well if offline, users who prefer Microsoft Word are required to export the file from Docs and then open it using Microsoft Word. For the best flexibility with the stored files, it is best to opt for Dropbox.
In terms of the web client, this is one aspect in which Google Drive truly stands out. With Google Drive, it features a line of apps including Spreadsheets, Docs, PicMonkey and DocuSign. Additionally, it also includes the powerful search tools of Google. Architects can search through documents, presentations, shared items and many more. The Google’s Optical Character Recognition allows searching documents for specific images and texts. On the other hand, Dropbox also offers an advanced search but it cannot match with the capabilities of Google Drive. Overall, the search functionality of Google Drive truly stands out along with a variety of apps for editing and actual collaboration.
For file type support, Google Drive can support up to 30 different file types that can be opened directly within the browser, thus allowing users to edit documents without requiring you to download them to your device. Dropbox also supports a variety of files that can be viewed in the browser, but cannot be edited online. In this aspect, Google Drive is the best choice due to its ability to open and edit any file type online.
As a conclusion, the similarities of Google Drive and Dropbox are very close. Overall, Google Drive truly stands out. Obviously, it is relatively affordable, provides added functionality online as well as supporting a variety of file types.