I've noticed that downloading a shared file from Google Docs allows you to convert it to another file format, but not when from Google Drive. Is it possible to do the same from Google Drive as well?
When the document is on drive
will download as pdf, but cannot be converted to any other format when using direct url
Is there a means to convert it to another type, like a doc?
When the document is on google docs
you can download it into any format
https://docs.google.com/document/d/FILE_ID/export?format=doc (or pdf, etc)