- Free trial
- Backup frequency
- File sharing
- Mobile and web options
- Extra features
Open Drive offers their customers several choices without cost. All paid plans are eligible for a short free trial - 7 days for all personal accounts and 14 days for business. During the trial, users are able to access all of OpenDrive's features.
In addition to free trials, OpenDrive offers a free personal plan which includes 5GB of storage, up to 5 OpenDrive Notes, up to 10 Open Drive Tasks and a single user.
Both Business Unlimited and Custom Personal accounts include and advanced Account User Management Tool, which gives access to user statistics, activity notifications, access management, and user admin console. Price details can be found at the end of this review.
Frequency of Backups
Users have the option to schedule their backups in advance or backup their files manually. When working in the cloud with OpenDrive's tools, the software saves automatically every 30 seconds, similar to other cloud drives, like Google Drive. Users are able to schedule syncing of their files with other machines as well. Users can backup files which are stored on external drives (hard drives, network drives or USB devices) easily with OpenDrive.
Users are able to easily share files and folders via hotlink or email. There is not a password protection option, however, those using the Business plan may define permissions for folders and sync these across user accounts, creating something similar to a VPN (virtual private network) for those with folder access.
Mobile apps on both Android and iOS allow for file sharing and viewing directly from the app. Those working with a WordPress site can install the OpenDrive WordPress Plugin, which is a powerful organizational tool for sites with multiple contributors.
Mobile and Web Options
OpenDrive offers their customers fully-featured mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices. These allow their users to upload, edit, replace or preview Files as well as to view pictures and videos as well as listen to music via the mobile app. Users are able to access data even when offline for both platforms, as long as they have been stored and designated them as such. Some users of the iOS app report difficulty editing word processing files without an additional add-in.
Linux users do not have access to an app, although they can use the web interface via an internet browser. This obviously limits the usability for Linux users, but is not unusual in the industry.
OpenDrive works via applications for Mac and Windows as well as via a web interface. Users report that the functionality is more intuitive via the app than by using the web interface, although all functions are accessible by the web portal.
OpenDrive is very suited for online management of files with their features. Worth mentioning are two tools which can be easily used to collaborate and organize workflow among users - OpenDrive Notes and OpenDrive Tasks. Both of these tools allow users to better collaborate on projects or keep themselves organized, with notes, files, and task lists with priority setting and tracking progress. OpenDrive uses software directly inside the app, which allows users to create, edit, and share documents, similar to Google Drive.
OpenDrive for WordPress is a white label storage management tool which is used by web hosts and hosting providers. Among the Plugin's features are services such as file hosting and sharing, collaboration, text creation, storage solutions, as well as voice and video messaging for team members, directly within the WordPress Dashboard.