Learning to Drive: Portland startup Revisu among the first products to incorporate Google Drive features

One of the biggest tech stories today is the launch of Google Drive, a storage service akin to Dropbox that allows users to manage Google Docs locally and in the Cloud.

And, as luck would have it, there’s a Portland startup angle to the story.

Turns out, Portland-based startup Revisu is among the first companies to integrate Google Drive features into their product. And that’s a pretty big deal for a company. No matter what their size.

So what’s Google Drive do?

Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.

And that type of file sharing is a perfect complement to Revisu’s existing workflow.

“Google approached us about integrating with Drive earlier this year because they saw the value Revisu could bring to the design teams that use their products,” said Brad Heller, CEO of Revisu. “It was mutually beneficial in our eyes. We could see the power of leveraging Drive as an extension of our platform on to our user’s computers. So, they provided us with interesting infrastructure and we provided them with interesting solutions for a niche market.”

Here’s how Revisu is using the new functionality:

Once you sign up for Google Drive, install the Revisu app from the Chrome Web Store. Then you’ll be able to open any applicable file directly from Drive by selecting “Open with Revisu” from the file’s menu. This will link the file with your Revisu account, and you’ll be viewing the image in Revisu in a matter of seconds.

Files imported into Revisu will essentially live in both spaces, and changes made to files will be instantly reflected in Revisu. You’ll be able to add team members either through Revisu, the same way you do now, or by sharing files with contacts in Drive, the same way you could with Google Docs. Regardless of how you share, everyone you add to your teams will be able to review and comment on your files using Revisu, or simply view them using Google Drive.

For more information, see the Google blog post on Drive or read Revisu’s post.

[Full disclosure: Revisu is an alum of PIE. I work for PIE.]

  1. Way to go Brad and team! Very proud of you guys.

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