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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Official Google Enterprise Blog: Store and share files in the cloud with Google Docs - The future of BIM?

I don't care what anyone says, I love Google and all of their ideas. Where we normally see clouds as a sign of rain, Google is the king of Cloud Computing. I'm patiently waiting for the day when Revit will be cloud based which will allow for global connectivity for each model.

Of course, that will drastically change the world of architecture where your team will be scattered around the globe based on their skill set and you won't be contained by individuals in your own office. This will also change the collaboration and consulting world by allowing engineers and others to work live in the model and speed up the timeline while increasing the quality of the design.

Just so you know, having a Google Enterprise account is $50/year/person. That's a lot cheaper than having a website with FTP access.

On a daily basis I use 30 Google products. For balance, I do use Firefox so no Chrome for me.
Adsense, Alerts, Blog Search, Blogger, Calendar, Desktop, Dictionary, Docs, Earth, Feedburner, Finance, Google Mail, Google Voice, Google Wave, Groups, iGoogle, Images, Labs, Maps, Maps for mobile, Mobile, News, Picasa, Reader, Talk, Toolbar, Translate, Videos, Web Search, YouTube.
My total cost? $20/year for some extra storage space...80 GB. Everything else is free.

PS. If you're using your ISP's email address for your business, you better go get a gmail.com email address this second. Anything @bellsouth.net, @comcast.net, @embarqmail.net, @att.net or any other internet provider for home or business is nuts. Think about it. If you change internet providers or move, you lose your email address and you're screwed. A gmail account lasts forever, you can sync it with Outlook and you can have it automatically capture your current email, even AOL. All of your mail is backed up online and you can email yourself large files and use your gmail account as file storage.


Let's say you're about to make a very important presentation to a prospective client on the other side of the country. Before you depart on your business trip, you download all of your presentation materials and InDesign® hand-outs onto your trusty thumbdrive. Just in case, you also email the files to yourself.

But while you're in the air, your colleagues back at the office are making last minute edits to the files and your copies are now out of date. Worse yet, when you arrive at your destination, you realize you left your thumbdrive at home.

Sound familiar? The good news is that things are about to become a whole lot easier.

Over the next couple of weeks, we are rolling out the ability for Google Apps users to easily upload and securely share any type of file internally and externally using Google Docs. You get 1 GB of storage per user, and you can upload files up to 250 MB in size.

Now accessing your work files doesn't require a connection to your internal office network. Nor do you need to email files to yourself, carry around a thumbdrive, or use a company network drive – you can access your files using Google Docs from any web-enabled computer.

Combined with shared folders in Google Docs, the upload feature is a great way to collaborate on files with coworkers and external parties. Instead of using cumbersome email attachments, you can upload files to a folder and share it with coworkers, who can then access and edit the files from a single place. You can even have your sales team securely share contracts with external clients for review.

And of course, by using Google Docs, you can quickly and easily search across all your files from one place, getting access to the right file when and where you need it.

Google Apps Premier Edition users can also use the Google Documents List Data API to upload files to Google Docs in batch, or purchase applications offered by third parties that enable you to migrate and sync your files to Google Docs:

  • Memeo Connect for Google Apps is a new desktop application that offers an easy way to access, migrate, and synchronize files to Google Docs across multiple computers. (PC and Mac)

  • Syncplicity offers businesses automated back-up and file management with Google Docs. (PC)

  • Manymoon is an online project management platform that makes it simple to organize and share tasks and documents with coworkers and partners, including uploading files to Google Docs.

    We're always looking for ways to make it easier for you to access and organize your information online and we hope you find the ability to store, share, and collaborate on files in Google Docs helpful. In the coming months, we will enable Google Apps Premier Edition customers to purchase additional storage for $3.50/GB/yr (or €3.00/gb/yr in the EU). If you'd like to be notified when additional storage can be purchased, please fill out this form and we will contact you as soon as it's available. As always, we’d love your feedback and if you have any questions, please check out our help forum.

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    Elliott Goodwin January 12, 2010 at 10:20 PM  

    With the way that Autodesk Labs is going (bluestreak, freewheel, firefox addons, etc.), the future is cloud based. I think it will also help with piracy of software. I would imagine they would have better control over access with a cloud based system.

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