Google Docs Needs to Up The Size Limits

June 19, 2008

by — Posted in Technology

I’ve been working diligently like a good Google zealot and have slowly over the last couple months started migrating over to Google Docs.   The one thing that keeps tripping me up is the space they offer each document.  The space given is as follows:

Documents (up to 500KB)
  • HTML files and plain text (.txt).
  • Microsoft Word (.doc), Rich Text (.rtf), OpenDocument Text (.odt) and StarOffice (.sxw).
Presentations (up to 10MB from your computer, 2MB from the web, 500KB via email)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pps).
Spreadsheets (up to 1MB)
  • Comma Separated Value (.csv).
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls) files and OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods).
PDF Files (up to 10MB from your computer, 2MB from the web)

So far I’m not hitting a barrier issue with Spreadsheets or Presentations (though I see hitting the presentation limit very soon) what I do have an issue with is the documents size and the PDF size.

The PDF support has just been added so I’ll give them a little slack on that, I think a good size in this web era would be 50 MB for PDF’s this should get you most any PDF around into your Google Docs size.  I have a couple PDF’s on my desktop that are close to 30 MB and being able to store them here would be a god send.   Until they do this won’t be my central PDF repository.

The document size though is really killing me, I have a ton of documents that are over 500k.  I have one detailing my home network that is almost 6 MB.   I think the documents need to be upped to 10MB.   that way the crazy bastards like me who use graphics and diagrams in their documents won’t have to worry about hitting this cap.

While we are on the subject though of Google Docs, why can’t there be better integration with G-Mail.  Theoretically it should be able to search through all my e-mail during a search and prompt me if I want to import this or that document into my Google Docs cache.

While Google has been great at adding new products over the years.  Even the ones that take off are nor properly maintained nor are they integrated with other related service soon enough.  Some of these products are around for years before proper integration takes place, when are they going ot be moving a little more away from 20% time for projects and focus whole teams on the integration side of the coin.

Anyways – /rant off.

7 thoughts on “Google Docs Needs to Up The Size Limits

  1. Hi Brent,

    you’re perfectly right! I’m just trying to out-source my humble home-office to Google Apps Premier and start getting p****d off by wasting my time just to store a PDF book title for personal use (GWT in Action, 11,660,388 bytes).

    There’s nothing like a free lunch, of cource I’d be williing to pay for services a need – alas there’s no such upgrade at the moment (I konow of).

    Let’s hope for the future and competion,
    Reiner

  2. Hi Brent,

    you're perfectly right! I'm just trying to out-source my humble home-office to Google Apps Premier and start getting p****d off by wasting my time just to store a PDF book title for personal use (GWT in Action, 11,660,388 bytes).

    There's nothing like a free lunch, of cource I'd be williing to pay for services a need – alas there's no such upgrade at the moment (I konow of).

    Let's hope for the future and competion,
    Reiner

  3. agree on PDF issue …
    i got a lot more PDFs that google allows …
    its not like they dont have space …
    i'm even ready to buy space …
    but they dont allow it for gocs …
    :(

  4. agree on PDF issue …
    i got a lot more PDFs that google allows …
    its not like they dont have space …
    i'm even ready to buy space …
    but they dont allow it for gocs …
    :(

Leave a Reply