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Add Google Drive as a Cloud Option

Support for Google Drive storage via cloud services.

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We currently support creating and restoring backups to/from Google Drive via the local backup settings: http://feedback.squidnotes.com/knowledgebase/articles/1185616

I understand that this does not meet everyone’s needs. Adding support for Google Drive to the automatic backup options is something we continue to investigate.

I recently wrote an open letter to Cloud Storage providers on this subject: https://medium.com/steadfast-innovation/open-letter-to-cloud-storage-apps-on-android-a2d0eb919fc4

Please encourage your favorite cloud storage provider (i.e. Google Drive) to fully support the Android Storage Access Framework (as stated in the above letter). This will not only help us to better support backup and restore to ANY cloud app, but will help the ecosystem as a whole.


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  • Matt Coddington commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    this app eats Google Keep's lunch! LOVE the funtionality! Add the ability to sync to Google Drive, and sync across devices, and you'll have a REAL winner!!!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    i agree with syncing across device platforms. why can i not view what i have written on my pixelbook chromebook on my pixel 2 phone or on my samsung tablet, etc, etc?

    If you guys wanna beat OneNote or EverNote or every other app out there, this is an easy homerun.

  • AdminAndrew Hughes (Founder, Steadfast Innovation, LLC) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Chris - We do have partial support for Drive via the SAF (at least as much as Drive currently supports). See http://feedback.squidnotes.com/knowledgebase/articles/1185616

    I know you're asking for Drive SDK integration. This is definitely something we're still investigating. We're just *also* trying to get Drive (and others) to fully support the SAF at the same time since this would be the preferred, and frankly better, solution.

    I understand what you're saying about users not caring about the internal problems that engineers deal with. However, I'm hoping that some % of you do care and will help put pressure on Google (and others) to fully support the SAF.

    Honestly, our current Cloud Backup solution has issues. It works great when you start out, but the more notes you take, the larger the backup becomes. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as only backing up what's changed due to the way our internal data is stored. This is also something we're investigating (and have been for a while), but having support for the SAF would go a long way towards improving this. This is because we could simply create a backup and save it locally to Storage Provider X (e.g. Drive). Then Storage Provider X would do what they do best: manage syncing any changes to the cloud in an efficient manner.

  • Chris K commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hey Andrew, I'm all for encouraging Drive to support SAF, but it's ridiculous for you to not commit to a Drive storage option even with partial support for SAF.

    Users don't care about the internal problems that engineers deal with. Honestly, I think you're hurting your product by pushing the technical politics to them.

    Putting on my user hat: I don't care whether Drive "fully supports framework X", other apps do it just fine (Nova launcher, Solid Explorer, Allo, etc). It's silly that you can't either. I'll just wait for another notes app to come along and do it right and then switch.

    Your competitive advantage right now is native support for pen input (lagless), and if you're going to throw that away for arguing about how backups should be implemented on cloud solutions, mannnnnnn you're gonna have a bad time.

  • Joe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I use Google Drive for everything, not about to create a dropbox account just for Squid. Also no syncing across platforms? What's going on here?

  • Susanne Ary commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    More important would be the option to store specific notes in the cloud or backup only the latest changes. My file has 60 MB by now and I have to upload and download it every time I switch devices...

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I 100% agree, please add Google Drive as a backup option. Or at minimum, since you can do local backups, have it also locally backup a PDF copy of books as well.

  • Kris H. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I really like the premium app and its additional options but not having the option to sync to Google Drive id s significant detractor. If there is some underlying reason please share as this is quite frustrating and may lead me to another app.

  • Michael Cornelius commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I signed up for a year-long (introductory?) premium promo and LOVE squid.

    There is a very real chance I will cancel if, after this promotion is up, there is still no Drive support.

  • Ben Hubbard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Squid gets many things right but lacks such basic functionality as syncing with Google Drive. Wake up, devs.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have not signed up for Premium yet because of lack of Google Drive sync. Currently using OneNote until a viable alternative is found that supports Google Drive.

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