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RocketDocs lets you create new Google Docs with a simple keyboard shortcut.
We’d have a hard time getting through the day without Google Drive. Part Dropbox, part office suite, it keeps our files in sync across Macs, with easy access via the menu bar applet and all of our browsers. But RocketDocs thinks it can do one better, by taking Google Drive out of the browser.
Right off the bat, RocketDocs has a leg up on Google Drive’s web portal by allowing fast switching between accounts. With a simple keystroke, RocketDocs whisks you away to another account, a welcome improvement over the usual sign-out-and-sign-in method.
But after that, RocketDocs’ usefulness becomes less apparent. Its interface feels like working in Chrome; in fact, we continuously got warnings about upgrading our “unsupported browser” to a more modern one. In reality, setting your home screen to Google Drive would accomplish the same thing, despite RocketDocs claiming that the inability to surf to another site is “a great way of concentrating on your work.”
The interface relies on keystrokes to get around quickly, but we would have liked more support for gestures. Two-finger scrolling was a bit laggy at times. We were able to preview pretty much anything--including Photoshop and Illustrator documents--but PDFs were displayed at the same pixely resolutions Google Drive suffers from in our browser.
If there’s a reason to consider purchasing RocketDocs, it’s the menu bar applet, which offers more than Google’s. Besides showing a handy list of recent documents, it lets you create a new document, upload a file from your hard drive, and switch to another user. You can’t be signed in to two accounts at once, and there’s no offline support either.
The bottom line. We were hoping RocketDocs would take our Google Drive to the next level, but it barely gets off the launchpad.
OS X 10.6 or later
Fast switching between Google accounts. Powerful menu bar applet.
Adds little to the Google Drive web experience. Limited gesture support. No offline viewing.