Google announced the addition of a couple features to its Google Takeout offering, which allows users to get their data out of Google’s various products.
Now, users can maintain their original folder hierarchy when exporting files from Google Drive. “Gone are the days of looking at the contents of your zip file and wondering which “secret_plans” file is which,” says Nick Piepmeier of Google’s Data Liberation Front.
Additionally, users can pick a single resource within a service to download. “For instance, a single Picasa album or top-level folder from Drive – instead of exporting every single file,” explains Piepmier. “To try it out, go to the ‘Choose services’ tab and click on ‘Configure…’ once you’ve added a service that supports this.”
The Drive-related features may become more important as Google pushes users of its various products to use it more for storage.
Last month, Google added Reader and Latitude data to the Google Takeout menu. The company also recently started letting users download all their YouTube videos together from Takeout.