Dropbox to Google Drive Sync
A number of companies send me documents in Dropbox. I am happy to get them that way. Most of these documents are .doc, .xls, and .ppt files. Since I don't use word, excel, and powerpoint anymore as part of my committment to move my entire computing experience to the cloud, I end up doing a hack which involves downloading the files to my desktop, then emailing them to myself in gmail, then opening them as google docs in google drive.
This convoluted process has the added benefit of then being able to share these documents freely with the USV team in our shared google drive. Many of the documents that are shared with me on Dropbox are shared in folders that I don't control and the rest of the USV team doesn't have access to.
What I am currently looking for and doing a fair bit of research on is the available services out there that sync Dropbox to Google Drive. I want to find one that works easily and reliably, and that allows me to automate the syncing of various dropbox folders to my google drive and then be able to open the file as a converted google doc.
I'd be grateful for advice on services that all of you are using to accomplish this task. If you are an entrepreneur who has built such a service, feel free to advocate for your service in the comments. We won't accuse you of spamming us with your marketing pitch.
Once I select a service to use, I will post about it here.
That seems like a logical feature, and I’m surprised that Dropbox or Google haven’t provided it. Why not contact them directly? This is a bit like the previous request we discussed here for saving Gmail Attachments into a searchable Drive.And yes I agree that the Dropbox file sharing is a bit confusing when working across organizations and users. I’m never sure exactly about who has access rights.
There’s a big need for all of these cloud services to represent data in an open way so we can transfer things between them.If only there existed some kind of “Uniform Resource Locator” that could let us reference objects across the web. We could call it a URL for short. 😉
It seems the definition of resource has changed a little, it now has an ACL attached to it and that is what is hard to expose from one of these platforms. Connectors probably aren’t the answer.
This doesn’t answer your question Fred but I just saw a demo by groupiter which ads a discussion layer on top of Dropbox files shared by teams. Sounds like you could also use something like that for gdrive.
that’s a good idea. we would use it.
I have been using http://wappwolf.com/dropbox… to solve this problem. It syncs and converts between several services and formats
I would also recommend Wappwolf. They definetely have a nice product that can solve your problem and maybe a few other ones.”Full Disclosure”:Christian H. Leeb, one of the advisors I have on board at my startup is involved with them as a CVO.
cool. will check it out.
nice. thanks for the suggestion. i will check it out.
I’m deleting your duplicates, I hope you don’t mind!
I didn’t realize that I need something like this until you wrote about it. I imagine there is a substantial audience in a similar situation. Thanks yet again for opening up a new possibility.
have you played with dispatch.io? i’ve only played with it a bit, but love the idea!
this is a techstars company, right?
yes. and i think their office is right across the street from usv – in case you need to make an in-person feature request. 🙂
Fred, Using Primadesk you can drag and drop files directly from your Dropbox folder to Google docs. We are looking at adding a feature to automate this but we do not have that automation currently. We will also be introducing a sharing feature soon that will let you directly share the files that you have access to in Dropbox or other services.In general Primadesk lets users find, organize, share and backup all their cloud content in one place. We give users a “virtual” view of all their content in one place so they can drag and drop between services, search all their content with a single search. They can also access their original content with a single click using our single sign on feature.We would be more than happy to setup a quick demo for you. You can also look at the video on our webpage.
i would love an automated solution
I have this very issue myself. I also have files people send me through YouSendIt and wanting to push data from my Evernote cloud.For a simple quick fix, you might want to install the Google Drive Applet that would at least let you skip the emailing to yourself step so you could drag and drop directly from your DropBox to your Google Drive.But considering all the cloud drive services out there (i.e. Dropbox, box.net, YouSendIt, Google Drive, Apple iCloud/iDisk, Microsoft SkyDrive) plus all those locker services (i.e. SoundCloud, AmazonLocker) and photocasting services (Flickr, Yfrog, Photobucket, etc.) it seems to me that a consortium of some kind should develop an open synchronization protocol for cloud-based storage.The time to start thinking about this is now because there are just going to be more and more places in the cloud where your data is stored and more an more future places where you’d like it to be synchronized.I’ve got WAY more to say on this but I’m going to cut it here in the interest of brevity and in keeping the conversation going.
Will definitely let you know once we have this.
Openera (www.openera.net) is all about automation of file distribution, based on a rules engine. Plans are eventually to invoke the rules engine not only from e-mail attachements, but also from desktop files.
Mybackupbox.com. Closest thing I know of.
thanks. i will check it out
You should checkout mybackupbox.com. I think they might be what you are looking for Fred.
thanks. i will check it out
Don’t have a sync service to recommend, but maybe a better hack. Instead of emailing the file to yourself you could download Google Drive’s desktop software and drag the file into whatever Google Drive folder you want, e.g. your shared USV team folder.
Agreed – I think this could solve the problem. Both Dropbox and Google Drive’s desktop client sync to a local drive. You could symlink a subfolder of the Google Drive into the Dropbox to link the two services.Of course this isn’t really a “cloud” solution (wouldn’t work with my Chromebook) but it might be good enough for now?
I was thinking much the same – here’s a good overview on how to make it work (setup once then done): http://lifehacker.com/51546…Am currently using this to sync my docs to dropbox so that the next time my hard drive gives out I have an automatic back-up. Should be just as easy to sync the folders from the two apps.
yup. my process is the same, simple
Hi Fred, you can already automate much of this process through http://ifttt.com/ (mail every new file in dropbox to gmail). And i’m pretty sure that if you ask them politely, they’ll add Gdrive.
I tried that but I could only get it to work on public dropbox folders
We (IFTTT) are still missing two things: Google Drive and any folder Dropbox triggers. Both are on our list to build!
Fred, you should check out mybackupbox.com, does exactly what you need, and the transfers can be scheduled to happen without you.The founders Eric and Mark are friends and super sharp guys.
I’m not sure now; iDisk worked pretty good but I think it’s getting killed off in a few days…
This wappwolf service is pretty interesting. It has quite a few built in automation options. It would be a home run if it has some kind of rules processing so different files could be processed differently from one folder (now it seems you need separate folders for each set of actions.) But there appears to be an API that will allow you (and others) to develop smarter actions.For example if I drop a file of type PPT I might want it put on SlideShare and if I put a DOC I’d want to convert it to a PDF and put it on a document service and send a tweet out with a #yam and #in tag to tell people about it. You get the idea.With some work this thing could be really useful.
Looks great. Can’t wait to try it out
http://www.zapier.com ! In the current YC batch and super good hackers. if you asked them for this they’d build it in a heartbeat.
Ironically we just started working on our Google Drive integration tonight. Basically it’ll let you take any file in a specific Dropbox folder and then automatically upload it to a specific Google Drive folder.
Hi Fred, you should definitely check out http://www.mybackupbox.com. They seem to do exactly what you need and the transfers can be made automatic.The founders Eric and Mark are friends and super sharp guys, if it’s close I have no doubt they can get it all the way.
Fred, it’s encouraging to see my users pushing Backup Box in your comments.Plain and simple, if you want to manage your documents on someone else’s website, go use Primadesk or Otixo, or whatever the other dozen document management apps might be. But if you’re looking for automated transfers from one to the other, and conversion from Google Docs to MS Office, then please check out Backup Box.You can also check out our Tech Crunch coverage from yesterday: http://t.co/ROjfmudFCheers,Eric
Will do eric
Hi Fred, I feel Google Docs is a perfectly good replacement for Word and Powerpoint, but can you really live without Excel? Do you do any sort of serious financial analysis on the Google Docs spreadsheet? Every time I tried using that it was like pulling teeth.
VC doesn’t often require hard core excel stuff. We have one portfolio reserves prediction model that we run in excel but I don’t have to operate it.
try http://www.cloudringapp.comIt does exactly what you are looking for, and a little bit more.It basically allows you to setup syncing and backup rules between dropbox, google docs and evernote. They’ve apparently also added more services including box.net and gmail. Works in the background without having to do anything besides the initial setup.give it a try!
Nice. Will try it out.
In dropbox, if you right click a file, and click “get link” (in the “dropbox” submenu) you can view and share presentations just as well as you can in google docs.
Really? I feel like I tried that a few times and it didn’t work.
Yup, I think it’s a relatively new feature. There was an article about it in April: http://techcrunch.com/2012/…
Thanks. Got your email too. Appreciate it.
That’s a pretty poor name (get link) for a “view file” functionality
It could work with Wappwolf.com.
Don’t think that Google drive will ever be as good as drop box!
It’s way better for me.
Can you explain why?
Have you seen Google Music?Google’s cloud services are just in its infancy, and fairly underused.
Many people recommended backup box. But I have never tried it. However, I have tried cloudhq.net. All I know is that it works And has more features than you’re probably looking for.
Hello Fred!I sync my Dropbox and Google drive using this simple method I described in my blog: http://www.joelvaldez.com/h…It may sound super simple and basic, but it works for me like a charm!
Hello Fred!I sync my Dropbox and Google drive using this simple method I described in my blog: http://www.joelvaldez.com/h…It may sound super simple and basic, but it works for me like a charm!
how long have you been doing this? any issues with version collisions, etc?
Definitely. Why complicate it. Just put one inside the other. I’ve decided to move completely to Google and keep the free folder on DropBox for when someone needs to share with me from Dropbox.
Consider the constant between Dropbox and GDrive, a protocol. Good ole fashioned email, the ultimate API. Unfortunately a bit to labor intensive.Unless there’s continual sync between Dropbox & GDrive the advantage of sending a link is lost (no automagically updated materials).I’ve found Gdrive to be a little slower than Dropbox but cheaper per Gbyte.Does GDrive have a decent iPhone app?
I will want something like this, purely for multiple backup purposes. For collaboration it is perfect as well, though synchronization can be an issue – though manageable.
Thanks Fred for posting about a problem that many of us have when sharing files. Lots of great suggestions below – I will be checking some of them out myself
Very nice! Thanks, Fred.
Fred, I recommend you try http://openera.net – we let you set up rules for having files and email attachments routed directly to Dropbox, Box.com automatically, and we’re in process of adding G Drive (being rolled out this week barring any unanticipated complications) – takes 2 minutes to set up.
This is seriously cool.
Krissie, looks good, but can it handle the Dropbox links. I have something similar that works great for auto routing attachments to either Dropbox, Box or Google Drive called attachment.me, but it does not pick up the files sent as Dropbox links embedded in emails.
We don’t currently handle file links embedded in email. We’re definitely familiar with attachments.me, which works nicely when searching for a particular email attachment. Where we differentiate is letting you set up more customized filing rules – a.k.a Send all attachments with the word “Invoice” to X folder in Dropbox. You can also have us automatically tag and rate specific attachments to make finding files later even faster.
it’s not as fast as you think.
dispatch.io might work for [email protected]_godin could hook you up
Something like that ? http://blog.ploki.info/post…My dropbox&google drive has the same files in both
Hi Fred – CloudTop has actually solved this problem in a pretty elegant way. You should check it out when you get a chance. I know the founders and they are really passionate about bringing the desktop experience into the cloud – http://www.usecloudtop.com/
Totally agree with Andy – CloudTop was designed with this exact use case in mind, rather than syncing it’s focused on web interoperability. I’m sure they’d love to have you try it out.
How are you differentiating yourself from Otixo?
Hey – cool to see some of our fans recommending us! CloudTop is the only service that actually allows you to take content from online file services (like Dropbox) and open it directly into online applications (like Google Docs). For developers, we also built http://www.filepicker.io to help web and mobiles applications pull in content directly in from Dropbox, Gmail attachments, Facebook, Webcam et. al.Happy to chat about it at [email protected], or hit me up on my cell at (408) 761-2080
Isn’t there a public folder in Dropbox that everything could be shared to- and which would live on your computer making it easy to send it to Gdrive.
I wouldn’t use Google Drive. Google states in their TOS that they get ownership of anything you upload there.
Oh yes. I have this same problem. Looking forward to the comments.
Hi Fred,I no longer have problems with syncronizing my cloud because I use Openera (www.openera.net). I just set up the rules once and everything goes where it’s supposed to. I don’t have to worry about moving files and wondering where they are anymore. It’s just amazing! Check it out!
I think you may look into SugarSync, yet I’m not sure this does exactly what you’re looking to do. It shares across multiple devices.
Fred, mybackupbox.com does exactly what you are looking for!
I use that as well, it’s an awesome product.
Hi Fred,Perfect solution is BackupBox which was featured in TechCruch earlier this week. Here is the link to the write-up: http://techcrunch.com/2012/… and the link to the service https://mybackupbox.com/ . I see others have also pointed you to Eric and Mark. I hope you post a follow up to let all know what solution you picked.
IPhone turns 5 today. Feels like it has been around for twice that. As I read earlier and as iPhone has shown, it is N0T about open source vs proprietary, these seem to be labels placed on technology by those in the thicket, the magic is the mix of the two.
Hi Fred, Check out Openera http://www.openera.net.It enables intelligent routing of files and email attachments to Box, Dropbox, or your cloud of choice – Google Drive coming soon. You set up the rules you want – fast, easy, and intuitive. No plug-in or sync’ing required. And there’s a mobile app coming soon so you can easily get any file you’re looking for while you’re on the move.
This is a common pain point in this fragmented multicloud world, one that I think Openera (openera.net) solves eloquently. They route email attachments automatically to the right cloud destination based on a powerful rule system. They don’t support Google Drive yet but I don’t think that will take too long
When raising capital, I really liked sending Dropbox links precisely because I could control access to files (kill share links if necessary). I would not share a pitch doc through Google Drive, because the doc owner can’t prevent further sharing. I adopted this approach to focus decision making on interactions with the product and founders, not a document.
I don’t know how to trigger the event in Dropbox, but you can upload files to Google Docs/Drive by email via SendToGdocs (http://sendtogdocs.com).
What strikes me about this ‘Cloud Sync RFI’ comment thread is USV’s willingness to accommodate unsolicited and unstructured inbound of PPT/PDF docs. I love the open mind and the open inbox (if not open GDrive), but I am puzzled as to why USV would not insist on structured submissions of new business ideas.A submission flow (with structured data) strikes me as an opportunity to create a Crunchbase-like database of early-stage firms who seek feedback (or attention) for their ideas, and obviously those inbounds far outstrip USV’s ability to respond to them.Which is why AngelList exists. Entrepreneurs don’t have to hope that they find a free moment from of Fred and he somehow bangs back a response. But USV obviously seeks some vig over being just another participant on AngelList.The solution may be a ‘private exchange’ for early-stage inbounds, where USV can (i) receive pitches, (ii) sort//filter/tag their attributes and (iii) provide helpful intros/feedback as it can. This is also a way to manage periodic follow-ups, just services like Contactually and Mingl.y try to offer as Google Apps plug-ins.But to manaage cloud-based, unstructured PDFs/PPTs? Why?If Arrington could create Crunchbase, USV can crush that.
I feel like the biggest opportunities are never properly thought out and structured plans like you’re proposing they accept.
Google is supposed to have some really great internal collaboration software that deals with unstructured documents and plain text emails (for appointments and things). It seems they’ve only revealed a tiny fraction of “accidental” R&D accumulated over the years, stuff that would put a lot of teams dedicated to these pursuits to shame sadly. The real mystery is why if all the pieces are there, why haven’t they created one product that unites them and blows us all away?(I guess this isn’t quite on topic for this thread, but the failure of business at large to deal with unstructured data always seems to me to be an oversight, the fun part is all businesses all have some form of this problem but none have a solution.)
This is a great feature/service request.I’m checking out all the suggestions – good stuff.
Just put your dropbox folder inside your google drive folder.
It would be nice if Google Docs (Drive) just let you open a Dropbox doc by pasting the Dropbox URL.Or if Gmail recognized Dropbox URLs and let you open them in Docs (Drive) as they do with attachments.
i would do 2 things:1/ avoid where possible to get information that you or a team need to act on in documents > rather get the info in a database / project mgt app and add alerts, workflow, status, due dates, person responsible, … > easier to manage, act and report on. So install a “light” procedure to get actional data in the right format right from the start (which could ofcourse still include things like “upload your ppt” > which then gets transfered to your gdrive or so).2/ in all other cases use one of the many suggested available solutions of which zapier is the one that made me smile this week.
We are actually finishing the solution. Just knocked this out last week in the AngelHack hackathon. The full featured version coming in 2 weeks: Here is the demo video http://youtu.be/TyBytMfntO4. Check out the site at http://www.ododocs.com but only open to private beta.
I frequently find myself wanting to create a new file directly in Dropbox, so that it is immediately available across all devices. I find it cumbersome to create a file on my laptop, upload to Dropbox, then access it on my phone. There has to be a better way?!
So from Fred’s post, it appears that there are 2 use cases1. Ability to store Dropbox file URLs received by email into GDrive. This is for use cases where Fred receives emails.2. Ability to sync Dropbox folders with GDrive. This is for use cases that are not directly related to receiving mails but for repository sync.Feels like different different product requirements.Anand @ filepicker.iohttps://www.filepicker.io/
Hi Fred,I’m a co-creator of Cloudtop, mentioned already, and working on filepicker.io, both of which are in this space.A simple solution to your stated problem of moving a Dropbox URL into your Google Drive might be Cloud Save, a Chrome extension. Once you install it, your right click menu will have the ability to save to various cloud services, of which you would want to choose to save into Google Drive. http://bit.ly/LuGy46Unfortunately, Dropbox share links are not direct; they take you to an intermediary page, so you’ll have to open the link, then right click save the download button. Happy to help walk you through the install or answer any other [email protected]
Fred, I needed the same solution but via an iPad which still makes it hard to transfer files. My only option since my home computer was off (would have used LogMeIn) was onlive desktop. If any of these solutions work via mobile it would be great to know that.
Have you thought of just using Office 365 for email and document collaboration? It seems you would avoid the mess altogether…
Fred,The problem you are describing is common when your information is fragmented across applications, web services, and even email accounts.We are designing a solution for this at SEER–you can find some basic details here: http://getseer.com/learn-mo…If you find this interesting, we are a start-up based in NYC and happy to share more details as we are currently in testing.Best,Conall
“Since I don’t use word, excel, and powerpoint anymore as part of my committment to move my entire computing experience to the cloud, I end up doing a hack which involves downloading the files to my desktop, then emailing them to myself in gmail, then opening them as google docs in google drive.”Which tells everyone that you’re not producing spreadsheets or documents yourself, just reading other people’s work. Cutting edge
Why the hell don’t you just upload them in Google Drive and skip the email part?
that is not true at all. i have published many of the spreadsheets i have created in google docs on this very blog. sheese!
You do know that you give Google full ownership of what you upload right? I use Microsoft SkyDrive for my uploading needs, and I got the legacy 25 GB. If you need an office suite that is not Microsoft office, I suggest you look into LibreOffice. It is open source, not closed source like most MS products.
I tried few of them, so far I think Joukuu.com has the best solution. But it’s not free…
Joukuu has a good idea, but the problem is you have to pay for the service first, and I believe most of us need to try the service before we make the payment. I strongly recommend the Joukuu team change its payment policy.
I use https://www.insynchq.com/ you can choose your dropbox folder as the sync folder…
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Fred, Please check http://cloudHQ.net/dropbox – we started as Google Docs <-> Dropbox sync. Senad