Google is releasing a new chrome extension, ‘Application Launcher’ for Google Drive that allows users to open files directly from its Google Drive service in compatible apps on a Mac or PC.
Using this extension you do not need to download any file, you just need to open Drive, right click the file you want to view and select “Open With” option.
“Today we’re launching a new extension for Chrome that lets you open files from Google Drive directly into a compatible application installed on your computer. This includes apps like advanced image and video editing software, accounting and tax programs, or 3D animation and design tools.”, Rachel Barton, Product Manager, Google Drive Google wrote in a blog post, “To get started, install the latest version of the Drive app for Mac or PC (version 1.18) and sync your files. Then, visit Google Drive in your Chrome browser (make sure you’re on the new Google Drive). Finally, right-click on the file and select “Open with” to see a list of compatible applications on your computer that can open it. For example, you can choose to open a PDF file with Adobe Reader, or a .psd with Photoshop, make your edits and save back changes to Drive which will sync across all your devices and other collaborators. ”
You can enable the feature by installing the Chrome extension, Application Launcher from the Chrome Web Store. Make sure that your files are synced using the latest version of the Drive app for Mac or PC. You need to install the latest version of the Drive app for Mac OS or windows.