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Free Google Drive tools you're not using (but should be)

At a Glance

If you use Google Drive to store oodles of MP3 music, then you may long for a built-in music player. Enter DriveTunes.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Automatically detects all MP3 music files in your Gdrive folder and lists them
  • Simple click-and-play interface
  • Also works in Firefox

Cons

  • Very basic functionality

At a Glance

Powerpoint is common but is part of the paid MS Office. Google Slides provides a free alternative with great collaboration power.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Creates presentation online in real-time with other Gdrive users
  • Leave notes for other collaborators
  • Download as Powerpoint format file

Cons

  • May be a bit too simplistic for PowerPoint maestros

At a Glance

Ifttt is a free, fun service that lets you build interesting connections between various pieces of the Web.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Clever, fun and useful service
  • Lots of options

Cons

  • Text messaging feature didn't quite live up to expectations

At a Glance

If you are looking for a document or a template, you would normally Google for it. But a lot of people keep these things on their cloud storage services, and are willing to share. Open Drive indexes them all.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Searches Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive folders

Cons

  • Searches can be slow

At a Glance

One thing that stops a lot of people from using cloud storage companies is the perceived lack of security. BoxCryptor's encryption helps fill that need.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Place an encrypted folder on your computer for all main popular cloud storage services
  • Access your folders on your smartphone

Cons

  • No master password retrieval process, so if you forget your password, you've lost your data.
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