Google intros one-click 'Save to Drive' button

Summary:Google plays catch-up to the likes of Pocket and Evernote with a one-click clipping button for saving web files for later perusal.


Google is adding another channel for saving content nearly instantly to its cloud storage service, Drive.

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Reminiscent of similar add-ons from Pocket and Evernote, the "Save to Drive" button promises one-click action for saving files from the Web.


Web developers have two options for adding the Save to Drive button to their websites.

The first one is a relatively short, pre-written script and HTML tag. The other is a JavaScript API, which Google developer advocate Nicolas Garnier described in a blog post on Friday.

Essentially, the API method should give more control over to the developers.

Garnier explained further:

The Save to Drive button works in the context of the user’s browser. This allows your users to save files that could require some form of HTTP authorization – such as a session cookie – without any special customization from you. In most cases, the Save to Drive button should be simple to integrate, plug-and-play!

The Save to Drive button is already being implemented by some companies. Garnier highlighted Bigstock, Delta Dental, Fotolia, O'Reilly, Outbox, Ultimate Software, and Zen Payroll as a few major examples.

Screenshots via The Google Developers Blog

Topics: Cloud, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Google


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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