Lucidpress in Google Drive

Lucidpress allows users to create, edit, and share diagrams with one another in real-time. Integrating Lucidpress with Google Drive provides an additional way to store, open, and share files with colleagues and collaborators within the workplace apps they already use.

To integrate Lucidpress with Google Drive, first install the Lucidpress app for Drive.

To install Lucidpress:

  1. Install Lucidpress from the Chrome Web Store using the Google Chrome browser, OR
  2. From your Drive homepage, select New > More > Connect more apps.
  3. Search for Lucidpress.
  4. Grant permission to share basic information, contacts, and files with these apps. This will allow Lucidpress to auto-provision an account and fully integrate with Drive.

In order to connect your Lucidpress account with Drive, both accounts need to be connected to the same email address.

To connect your account:

  1. Change your Lucidpress email address in your Account settings. Click “Save.”
  2. Log out of all Google accounts then log into your Google account with the same email now on your Lucidpress account.
  3. From your Drive homepage, select New > More > Connect more apps.
  4. Search for Lucidpress.

If Lucidpress prevents you from changing your email to match the email address associated with your Drive account, it is likely that you accidentally created a new Lucidpress account through Drive. Follow these instructions to remove your accidental Lucidpress account and sync the correct account with Drive.

  1. Log in to your new accidental Lucidpress account. You can use Google Single Sign-On if the accidental account uses the same email address as Drive.
  2. Navigate to your Account settings by clicking on your account name in the top right corner. Select "Account settings."

    Account Settings - Change Email
  3. From the Google Drive tab, select “Unlink Account.”

    Change Email
  4. Close your account by visiting the Close Account section of your Account page. Click close and provide a reason (i.e. syncing with Google Drive).
  5. Log in to your active Lucidpress account and change your Lucidpress email address in your Account settings to match your Google Drive email address exactly. Click “Save.”
  6. Log out of your Lucidcpress account and any Google Accounts.
  7. Clear your cookies.
  8. Log in to you Lucidpress account using the newly entered email address with the same password as before.
  9. Go the Google Drive section of your Account settings and click “Link to Google Drive.” You’ll need to log in to your Google Drive account using the same email address as your active Lucidpress account.

You can navigate to Lucidpress to create a new diagram without leaving Google Drive.

  1. From Drive, select New > More > Lucidpress Diagrams, and a new document will be opened in the Lucidpress editor.
  2. Rename the document.
  3. Diagram your little heart out!
  4. Your file is saved to Lucidpress and synced with your Drive account. It will be accessible through both your Lucidpress and Drive documents.

After creating a diagram in Lucidpress, you can choose to export the file as a PDF, PNG, or JPEG directly to your Google Drive account.

To export to Drive:

  1. From your Lucidpress document, select File > Export to Google Drive.
  2. Choose the file type and other preferences and click “Done.”
  3. A blue message box will appear when the download is complete.
  4. The exported file will appear in the root folder of your Google Drive and in your Recent documents.

Google Drive Preferences allow you to modify the way you sync and secure your files to your Drive account and local backup.

To change your preferences:

  1. Navigate to your Account settings by clicking on your account name in the top right corner. Select Account settings.
  2. Click on the Google Drive Preferences tab.

Synchronization: You can choose to have the diagrams you create in Lucidpress automatically synced to Google Drive. If not, only documents that you sync manually will be connected to your Drive account.

Automatic Backup: Lucidpress allows you to have all of your Lucidpress documents backed up to your Google Drive account on a weekly basis. Each backup will be a single file in your Drive account and can be restored to your Lucidpress account.

Lucidpress’s integration with Google Drive requires a few permissions to give you a seamless diagramming experience. Please view these brief explanations of each required permission.

View basic information about your account: Allows Lucidpress to auto-provision an account and bring you immediately into the editor rather than to a registration or sign-in page.

View your email address: Enables Google Single Sign-On.

View and manage Google Drive files that you have opened or created with Lucidpress: Ensures that your most recent Lucidpress file is synced to your Drive account.

Perform these operations when I’m not using the application: Required for automated backup of files on a weekly basis as selected in your Lucidpress Google Drive preferences.

Connecting Lucidpress to Google Drive allows you to automatically backup your Lucidpress documents in Drive. Lucidpress has a separate backup system, but you can also set a weekly backup to Google Drive.

To enable backup:

  1. Navigate to your Account settings by clicking on your account name in the top right corner. Select "Account settings."
  2. From the Google Drive tab, select “Backup weekly.”
  3. Press "Save."

If you automatically backup your documents, you will receive an LAF backup file in your Google Drive account every week. You can then restore your documents from the Backup/Restore page of your Lucidpress account.