Google Drive has a new look “Create” menu, which allows easier access to Drive apps and third party apps.
To create a new file from a template, open the appropriate editor (Docs, Sheets or Slides) and click on File > New > From template. This functionality has been removed from the new “Create” menu.
This new look create menu is also available to Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education customers.
In addition, “the new Create menu in Drive now elevates Drive-connected web apps to the same level as Google apps such as Docs and Sheets. This makes your Drive-connected apps easier to reach and more visible to Google Drive users,” informs Google.
It’s still an iframe for the Chrome Web Store collection, but you no longer have to open a new page to find an app.
Google also made some extra space in the new “Create menu” for apps, which can be added by clicking on “Connect more apps.” To browse and connect drive-enabled web apps right from within Drive just visit the new Connect apps to Drive dialog.
After installing an app, users can instantly start using your Drive app to create or open files directly from within Drive.
“If your app is already Google Drive-enabled and listed in the Chrome Web Store’s Drive collection, you don’t have to do anything, as Google will automatically pull all the information from existing Chrome Web Store listing,” google added.
However, “if your web app is not yet Google Drive-enabled, you can check out how you can integrate with the create-new and the open-with actions and then get your Drive-enabled app listed in the new Connect apps to Drive dialog,” Google adds.
Additionally, Google now lets you create “sites” in Google Drive, all you need to do is just create a new folder, right-click the folder and use the “share” feature to make the folder public. All the files of the site you want to create will be placed inside this folder.
The files are hosted at googledrive.com and have long URLs you can’t customize.
To create HTML, JS and CSS files require installing of a third-party app like Drive Notepad, Neutron Drive or you can create these files using a native text editor or HTML editor.
Note, “when you upload files, make sure to add index.html, and also ensure to disable the conversion option. Also, note that drive would not replace existing files of same name, instead it create multiple files with the same name. You can always use the “manage revisions” option,” said GOS.
Run the index.html file and click “Preview” button to see a live version of your homepage.
While Google Drive lets you upload any file, the support for files that can’t be edited using Google Docs/Sheets/Slides is limited, and Google doesn’t even offer permalinks for images.
So, what if you want to embed (or share) a image hosted on Drive–here is an easier way to do–just replace the URL below from the address bar (Note, this only works if you’ve shared using “public on the Web” or “anyone with the link” in the Share dialog):
http://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=FILEID (where FILEID is a long sequence of digits and letters).
Additionally, you can use the following URL to trigger a download (and this works for any non-private Google Drive file, not just for images):
In other Google news, Ski Resorts are now available on Google Maps.
“With 38 new run and lift maps for some of the most popular mountains across the US and Canada, Google Maps is your “go to” mountain guide. Blue, green and black runs are shown as solid colored lines and ski lifts are red dotted lines,” Google wrote.
Ski resorts in Google Maps can also be helpful when you’re gearing up for a trip. “You can check out the maps on your laptop browser to plot your course, and even get a Street View preview of a few select slopes before you head up the mountain,” google adds.
Update 03/26: Google has added trail maps for another 100 resorts in the U.S. and Canada to Google Maps–from Alta to Whitefish.
Ski runs on Google Maps are marked by the usual blue, green and black lines to mark the difficulty of the terrain. Ski lifts are shown as red dotted lines.