Any recent (within last 6 mo.) experience with Google Drive vs. Dropbox for design?

4 years ago from , UI Designer

I checked out a few posts via search. Most of the results looked stale (12 mo. or older). The theme from existing posts:

  • Drive: If working with Sketch files, Drive was problematic / unreliable
  • Drive: Larger files would mysteriously not sync or stay up to date for collaborators
  • Drive: Sharing / collaborating with others isn't as simple
  • Drive: Cheaper
  • Dropbox: just works
  • Dropbox: Higher confidence that the service wouldn't disrupt the design workflow

I didn't see any more recent posts so I figured it would be safe to create a new topic. I mean, there have to be others out who have faced a similar decision regarding cloud storage, collaboration with others, .sketch files...

What are you currently using for file storage, sync, and collaboration? Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, something else?

Primary filetype for sync and sharing = Sketch files (can be upwards of 100MB per file).


  • Daniel Alm, almost 4 years ago

    I recently collaborated with my designer on a few mocks, and Dropbox worked well for that. I particularly liked that you could place comments at a specific location inside an image, to highlight specific UI elements.

    In Google Drive you can't comment on images at all I think, which is a pretty big deal I think.

    So for sharing mocks with clients, Dropbox wins hands-down.

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  • Zarino ZappiaZarino Zappia, 4 years ago

    I’m one of two designers in our organisation. We store all of our design source files (about 9GB) in Google Drive.

    We rarely "collaborate" on the same file at the same time, but we often do access files previously made by each other, to make changes or export new assets. We work in a mixture of Sketch and Photoshop. It’s rare for our Sketch files to reach more than 10MB in size, but we have a few ~100MB files (mostly due to bitmap image backgrounds) and they’ve been synced fine.

    The Google Drive mac client generally works fine. And once you’ve worked out how to navigate the Google share dialog, we find sharing files with internal team members, or external partners/customers is just as easy as Dropbox.

    95% of the time we just have Google Drive running in the background and never have to think about it.

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  • Jake FlemingJake Fleming, 4 years ago

    Dropbox usually does the trick. Sometimes will pair that with git.

    Recently been using Abstract. It's pretty great.

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