What are the UFO and AFO extensions?

The Universal File Opener (UFO) and the AODocs File Opener (AFO) are Google Chrome extensions. 

  • UFO is for Google users in any type of AODocs library using Google Drive storage
  • AFO is for Google users or Microsoft users in AODocs Document Management libraries using Google Cloud Storage

The UFO and AFO extensions enhance your AODocs experience by allowing you to:

  • open non-Google files locally on your computer using the corresponding software
  • save the changes you made locally back to Google Drive (UFO) or AODocs (UFO/AFO)

UFO can also be used as a standalone extension without AODocs. It allows Google users to open, edit and save non-Google files stored in Google Drive. Learn more: Authorizations for standalone UFO.

Example: UFO
Example: AFO
What types of file can I open?
What do I need to install and use UFO/AFO?

Example: UFO

If you have UFO installed and you open a Word file from the Google Drive interface or you open a Word attachment in a library using Google Drive storage, Word launches on your computer and opens the file locally.

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Example: AFO

If you have AFO installed and you open a Word attachment in a Document Management library using Google Cloud Storage, Word launches on your computer and opens the file locally.

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What types of file can I open?

You can use:

  • UFO to open any type of non-Google file stored in Google Drive

Note: You can't use UFO to open Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations or drawings locally.

  • AFO to open any type of file stored in Google Cloud Storage

Both UFO and AFO support files of any size.


What do I need to install and use UFO/AFO?

UFO and AFO require the installation of a local client available for macOS and Windows. Learn more: Install UFO or AFO.

UFO can be purchased in addition to AODocs licenses or separately. If you're interested in purchasing UFO licenses, contact our Sales team.

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