Google Drawings

Google Drawings is a free, web-based diagramming software developed by Google. It allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organisational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, concept maps, and other types of diagrams. Google Drawings is also available as a Chrome app that works offline, available from the Chrome Web Store.[1] Google Drawings is hosted within Google Drive and all files created with the application are by default saved to Google Drive. It was originally introduced on April 12, 2010 as Google Docs drawings, a tool for making drawings in Google Docs.[2]

Google Drawings allows multiple users to open and edit drawings simultaneously in real time. It contains a subset of the features in Google Slides but with different templates. Users can insert images from the local hard drive or from the Web, as well as shapes, arrows, scribbles and text. Google Drawings has set of flow-chart symbols and other shapes that can be dragged and dropped into place. Users can move, resize and rotate objects, and use polylines and line connectors. It also allows for the editing of images, including cropping, applying masks and adding borders.[3] Other features include laying out drawings precisely with alignment guides, snapping to grid, and auto-distribution. Drawings can be inserted into other Google documents, spreadsheets, or presentations. They can also be published online as images or downloaded in standard formats such as JPEG, SVG, PNG, or PDF.[4][5][6][7]

Google Drawings
Drawings Logo
Initial releaseApril 12, 2010
PlatformWeb app, Chrome app
Available inEnglish
TypeDiagramming software


  1. ^ "Google Drawings application page". Chrome Web Store. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Introducing Google Docs drawings". Google Docs Blog. Google. 13 April 2010.
  3. ^ Levee, Brian (25 March 2014). "Edit images right in Google Slides and Drawings". Google Drive Blog. Google. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Creating Diagrams or Concept Maps with Google Docs in Google Drive". Pennsylvania State University Student Resources. Archived from the original on 20 May 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  5. ^ "About Google drawings". Google. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Drawings - Drive Help". Google. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  7. ^ Anthony, Sebastion (18 August 2010). "Google Docs Drawing tool removes any reason to use MS Paint ever again". Archived from the original on 19 October 2014.
Drawing (disambiguation)

Drawing may refer to:

Drawing, a visual art that involves marking a two-dimensional medium.

technical drawing, drawings with greater precision for engineering

rasterizing, the act of drawing primitives into a bitmap image in computer graphics.

Drawing (manufacturing), a metalworking process

drawing money or dividends from a company or financial institution

Special drawing rights from the IMF.

Drawing (poker), having a hand that needs further cards to become valuable

Drawing, meaning disemboweling or dragging, in the Medieval English punishment hanged, drawn and quartered

"Drawing" (Barenaked Ladies song), 2008

"Drawing", an instrumental song by Linkin Park from LP Underground 9: Demos

Google Drawings diagram and chart editor by Google

Google Drive

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive.

Google Drive offers users with 15 gigabytes of free storage through Google One. Google One also offers 100 gigabytes, 200 gigabytes, 2 terabytes, 10 terabytes, 20 terabytes, and 30 terabytes offered through optional paid plans. Files uploaded can be up to 5 terabytes in size. Users can change privacy settings for individual files and folders, including enabling sharing with other users or making content public. On the website, users can search for an image by describing its visuals, and use natural language to find specific files, such as "find my budget spreadsheet from last December".

The website and Android app offer a Backups section to see what Android devices have data backed up to the service, and a completely overhauled computer app released in July 2017 allows for backing up specific folders on the user's computer. A Quick Access feature can intelligently predict the files users need.

Google Drive is a key component of G Suite, Google's monthly subscription offering for businesses and organizations. As part of select G Suite plans, Drive offers unlimited storage, advanced file audit reporting, enhanced administration controls, and greater collaboration tools for teams.

Following the launch of the service, Google Drive privacy policy was heavily criticized by some members of the media. Google has one set of Terms of Service and Privacy Policy agreements that cover all of its services, meaning that the language in the agreements grants the company broad rights to reproduce, use, and create derivative works from content stored on Google Drive. While the policies also confirm that users retain intellectual property rights, privacy advocates raised concerns that the licenses grant Google the rights to use the information and data to customize advertising and other services Google provides. In contrast, other members of the media noted that the agreements were no worse than those of competing cloud storage services, but that the competition uses "more artful language" in the agreements, and also stated that Google needs the rights in order to "move files around on its servers, cache your data, or make image thumbnails".

As of March 2017, Google Drive has 800 million active users, and as of September 2015, it has over one million organizational paying users. As of May 2017, there are over two trillion files stored on the service.


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