Make Google Drive Absolutely Awesome with These Tools

Dan Price 18-03-2016

Google Drive comes packed with smart features The Only Google Drive Guide You'll Ever Need to Read Google Drive is the perfect combination of online file storage and document management tools. We explain how to best use Google Drive on- and offline, by yourself and in collaboration with others. Read More . And you can greatly expand its potential with third-party tools that plug into Google Drive. Whether you’re looking for email integration, faxing facilities, or file conversion software, there is something out there to suit almost every need.


The add-ins can be downloaded from one of two places. Either open Google Drive and click Settings > Managing Apps > Connect more apps, or head to the Chrome Web Store and check the box next to “Works with Google Drive”.

Here is our list of the best Google Drive third-party tools.

1. Wappwolf Automator [No Longer Available]

You can think of Wappwolf as the IFTTT for Google Drive – you set up “recipes” that will be invoked automatically when something happens.

For example, if you use both Google Drive and Dropbox, you could set up a recipe to automatically share files between the two. Alternatively, if you make heavy use of social media either personally or professionally, you could create a recipe to automatically upload images to Facebook or Flickr.

That’s only scratching the surface; you can automatically add watermarks to pictures, send notes to Evernote, upload files to FTP-Servers, encrypt and decrypt documents, and convert files. The list of possibilities is almost endless.


2. CloudConvert

Dealing with lots of different file types can be a taxing affair, especially when you’re trying to do it all from the confines of the cloud. Not anymore.

CloudConvert is a free file conversion tool Cloudconvert: Free Online Mobile-Friendly File Conversion Tool Read More for Google Drive.


More than 200 different file formats are supported across a large number of categories. The categories include audio, video, documents, eBooks, archives, images, spreadsheets, and presentations.


Just right-click on any file in your Drive and select Open with > CloudConvert to start your conversion.

3. DocHub

One area where the native Google Drive offering surprisingly falls short is in its ability to edit PDF documents 9 New Office Online Features to Manage Documents & Collaboration Office Online is Microsoft's free web based Office suite. Recent upgrades introduced novel Office 2016 features and improved OneDrive, Dropbox, and Skype integration. Let's explore the new options. Read More . Put simply, it’s not possible.

DocHub solves this shortcoming. You can open files directly from your Drive account, make changes, then either resave them to your Drive, download them (as PDF of .doc file), or send them via email.



Its editing tools include:

  • Inserting text
  • Drawing (loss-less, vector based)
  • Highlighting
  • Adding comments
  • Adding signatures
  • Inserting images
  • Adding stamps and watermarks

4. DocuSign

Think about how many times you’ve had to download a file, print it, sign it, scan it, and send it back. It’s a waste of time, paper, and printer ink. DocuSign, therefore, is a great addition to your productivity armory – it is the world leader in eSignature Say Goodbye to Paper Contracts: Eversign Makes eSignatures Great Managing paper signatures is a hassle. Waste less time and become more productive with eversign, the perfect tool for managing electronic signatures. Read More and digital transaction management software.

It lets you open documents directly from Google Drive, add your own customized signature, and then save the finished version back inside your account.

It works with a wide variety of file types (including PDF, Word, Excel, Text, HTML, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF), provides you with a complete audit trail, and allows you to add “Sign Here” tags to guide other recipients.


5. StackEdit

StackEdit is one of the few apps in the Chrome Web Store to have a five-star rating. It is a Markdown editor 6 Markdown Editors That Play Nice With Google Drive Markdown is the text editing format of the future. It's simpler, sleeker, and easier to use than HTML without sacrificing much power or flexibility. Read More based on PageDown, and allows you to publish directly on sites such as GitHub, Gist, Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, and any SSH servers.

Of course, you can also use it merely for taking simple notes Evernote vs. OneNote: Which Note-Taking App Is Right for You? Evernote and OneNote are amazing note-taking apps. It's hard to pick between the two. We compared everything from interface to note organization to help you choose. What works best for you? Read More when you don’t have the need for a traditional full-blown word processor.

Specific features include the ability to convert HTML to Markdown, view statistics about your document, and export your documents in Markdown, HTML, or PDF.

You can open a new StackEdit document from within Google Drive by clicking New > More > StackEdit.

6. Gantter

Gantter is like Microsoft Project, but for the cloud. That means it’s a full-featured web-based project scheduling app; it will even let you open and edit Microsoft Project files!

It boasts community-powered templates, the ability to work offline, sharable project schedules, and integration with File Central.

The add-in is great for both personal and professional users – whether you’re planning a complex home renovation project or you’re working on a team project with members scattered around the globe, Gantter can help you keep yourself organized far more effectively than simple scheduling tools like Google Calendar will allow.

7. Calculator

How many times have you been working on a Google Doc or Google Slides file and needed to do a quick sum? It’s annoying; you have to navigate away from the window you’re working in and fire up an external calculator.


You can solve the problem by using the calculator add-in. It doesn’t launch directly in Google Drive, instead you’ll need to navigate to the Add-Ons tab from one of Google’s office programs (such as Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.).

It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that the Windows calculator 10 Neglected Windows Calculator Features That Are Super Useful The Calculator app for Windows 10 has lots of cool uses. Here are the best Windows calculator functions you should know. Read More has, but it will more than suffice for the basics.

8. HelloFax

Believe it or not, some people still frequently use faxes as a way of communicating No Fax Machine? No Problem -- Easily Sign And Send Faxes From Your Computer Till the day we can finally kill off this antiquated machine of the past, you might need to send a fax every once in a while but find yourself without a fax machine. Try HelloFax. Read More . On the rare occasion you run across a company or individual that requires you to fax something over, this software can save you a trip to the nearest Office Depot.

It’s easy to use; you just add the number and hit send. You can fax to more than 70 countries around the world, send faxes directly from your Gmail account, and even receive faxes online.

If you open a new account, you’ll be given 50 free pages per month for the first six months. Thereafter, $9.99 per month will get you 300 pages per month.

What Apps Do You Rely On?

We’ve only shown you a tiny portion of what’s available, but hopefully we’ve opened your eyes to how versatile Google Drive can be if you embrace third-party apps.

You can supercharge your Drive to match your exact requirements – have a look at the Chrome Web Store and see for yourself!

If you already use third-party apps, which are your favorites? Do you have any tips to share with your fellow readers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Marketing Insights
    March 19, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Sorc'd is also a great tool for both Google docs and sheets. It empowers you to add small snippets of research with one click and source it - brilliant! And, for Chrome, you can get the Sorc'd extension that highlights and organizes your research snippets in just clicks. Saves a lot of time!