Google intros one-click 'Save to Drive' button

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, Google, Software, Google Apps

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  • In the meantime

    In the meantime, filters are still pretty bad in Gmail. And Google docs still resembles WordPad rather than Microsoft Word.

    Is it just me, or are improvements to Google's stuff pretty slow? The internet and "web 2.0" promised us hyper-fast innovation - and the biggest story about Google is a lousy save button?

    I'm totally unimpressed with the so-called "innovation" in things that basically replicate the functionality of older offline apps.