Monday, June 11, 2012

Tips for Google: Drive Archive Support

To start posting more regularly, I'll start a series on small pet peeves with Google products.

Let's start with Google Drive. Google Drive can support archive file formats but only zip and rar according to the support page.

It should therefore be easy to add support for more archive formats, but notably missing are tar-based formats. Why not include uncompressed tar, and tar compressed with gzip, bzip2, and xz?

Finally, I end with two questions whose answers are not obvious: does Drive's search functionality extend to documents included in an archive? And, can archives within archives be viewed as easily?