Behaviour of AODocs with Google Drive File Stream

Important: AODocs does not officially support Google Drive File Steam since the product has been recently launched. This article describes the behavior of AODocs with Google Drive File Stream.

Google Drive File Stream
Behavior of AODocs with Google Drive File Stream
FAQ


Google Drive File Stream

As of 26th September 2017, Google released Google Drive File Stream for G Suite customers.
Google Drive File Stream is for Mac and PC. It lets you stream My Drive and Team Drive files directly from the cloud, to your computer. It replaces Google Drive for Mac/PC (also known as Google Drive Sync).

Google Drive File Stream works as follows:

  • On login with your G Suite account, Google Drive File Stream creates a new disk on your computer (named G: by default on Windows).
  • The Google Drive File Stream disk contains two subfolders: My Drive and Team Drives (the latter for G Suite Business and Enterprise only).
  • All your files and folders are streamed: they are visible and accessible when online but aren’t stored locally in the Google Drive File Stream disk.
  • If you tag a file or folder as Available Offline, the file or folder is stored locally in the Google Drive File Stream disk and can be accessed offline.
  • When you open a non-Google file from the Google Drive File Stream disk, it is opened locally with your corresponding default application. When you save the file (and when back online), a new version of the file is uploaded to Google Drive and replaces the current version (it does not prevent version confict).
  • The folder structure from the Google Drive File Stream disk supports folder control and read-only.


Behavior of AODocs with Google Drive File Stream

If an AODocs library is part of your My Drive and you have installed Google Drive File Stream, the folder managed by AODocs will be visible in your local Google Drive File Stream disk. Only AODocs Team Folder and Secured Folder libraries are visible.

 

Collaborative editing issues

AODocs natively allows a locking feature to prevent version conflict due to simultaneous editing of non-Google files.
If you use Google Drive File Stream to work with files locally online or offline, this locking feature is bypassed and the last version saved by Google Drive File Stream will override the document, even if the document is locked in AODocs. The intermediate versions saved are still accessible through the Manage versions feature.
To avoid making conflicting edits when working on documents in desktop applications, AODocs supports only the Universal File Opener.

 

Team Folders in Google Drive File Stream

Team Folders work as expected with Google Drive File Stream.

 

Secured Folders in Google Drive Stream

Secured Folders do not work as expected with Google Drive File Stream. To work in Secured Folders, most actions must be taken from the Google Drive interface with the AODocs Smartbar or from the AODocs interface. 


FAQ

What happens if you delete the root folder of a library from the Google Drive File Stream disk?
The user who deletes the root folder of the library unsubscribes from the folder. The folder is removed from the My Drive of the user. There is no impact on the integrity of the library.

What happens if you move files or folders from one library to another?
- In Team Folders, the file or folder is first moved then reverted back to its original location.
- In Secured Folders, you can't move the file or folder away from this location.

What happens if you move files or folders from a library to a Google Drive folder?
- In Team Folders, the file or folder is copied to the Google Drive folder.
- In Secured Folders, you can't move the file or folder away from this location.

 

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