AODocs overview: choose an AODocs library

AODocs brings enterprise-grade document management features to your Google Drive, allowing organizations to control and organize their files while preserving the ease of use, cost effectiveness and mobility of Google Drive. 

AODocs provide users with different types of libraries designed to address different use cases:

  • Team Folder libraries: the simplest AODocs library type is called AODocs Team Folders, and provides a collaborative experience very similar to an unmanaged Google Drive folder. End-users can add documents to their folders by drag-and-drop from their My Drive or from their computer, or by saving Gmail attachments directly to AODocs, and they can freely move files and folders around and share files with their teammates. As their name implies, AODocs Team Folders are intended for collaborative work among a team, when the productivity and flexibility are the most important factors.
  • Secured Folder libraries: this library type provides administrators with more granular control over Google Drive permissions, such as controlling who can modify document sharing permissions, and protecting the folder structure. AODocs Secured Folder lets your users access the managed files from the Google Drive user interface or the Google Drive mobile applications, while at the same time providing the level of control you need for confidential documents, for business critical files that need to be organized in a specific manner, or for documents that are involved in structured business processes.
  • Document Management libraries: this library type provides all the features you need to organize your documents in a structured manner, set up workflows, implement business applications and integrate your document library with your ERP, CRM and other enterprise applications.

Note that Document Management libraries are only available to AODocs customers who have an AODocs Document Management license. Some advanced features of the AODocs Team Folder and AODocs Secured Folder libraries (identified with a * in the list below) also require an AODocs Document Management license.

The table below shows a comparison of the features available in each library type.

Comparing the features of AODocs libraries









View library from Drive
View the folder structure from the Drive interface


Library picker
Easily access your libraries


Search in Folder
Narrow keyword search to a specific folder


Office files collaboration
Edit and save Office documents directly in Google Drive and lock files against concurrent modifications

Drag and drop a file from PC
Create a file in the library by dragging it from your PC


Drag and drop files among library folders
Move a file among folders within the same library, using the Google Drive drag-and-drop feature


Library permissions from the Drive interface
Set library permissions from the Drive interface


Files and subfolders permissions from the Drive interface
Set permissions for all subfolders and files directly in the Drive interface


Upload multiple files at once
Upload more than one file by dragging them from your PC


Save Gmail attachment
Save a Gmail attachment directly from the Gmail interface



Company ownership
All files are owned by a corporate Google account

Secured sharing
Prevent users from sharing files or folders

File recovery
Dedicated trash per folder with configurable retention time

Inheritance permissions management
Possibility to manage and optionally block inheritance of permissions on subfolders


Check-out / Check-in
Lock a document, preventing other users from editing it when checked out


Lock the folder structure
Prevent non-administrator users from creating, modifying or deleting subfolders


Domain and users whitelists
Prevent users from sharing folders with external not-whitelisted users or domains


Define who can delete files
Allow (or not) only library administrators to delete files


Multiple Document Classes
Create one or more document classes


Document Classes Relations
Create logical links between documents


Document Metadata
Tag your documents with any type of property

Multiple attachments
Attach one or more files (or none) to your AODocs documents


Define business workflows in a few clicks, with fully configurable workflow steps

Version control
Manage multiple versions of documents

Office files collaboration
Edit and save Office documents directly in Google Drive and lock files against concurrent modifications

Convert Emails into Documents
Turn any incoming emails into AODocs documents and attachments into Google Drive files

Advanced search
Narrow your search with filters, browsers and search operators

Audit log
Record user activity (library configuration changes, document views and document history)


Access, create and update documents or trigger workflow actions from external applications

Custom scripts
Attach custom scripts to specific events like document updates or workflow activity

Master Data Management
Synchronize AODocs data lists with your ERP, CRM and other business apps

 These features are available in Team Folder and Secured Folder libraries but require an AODocs Document Management user license


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