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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Google Docs with DocSyncer: Sync & backup

Google Docs is a good choice for users who intend to publish or share Office documents, workbooks or presentations online in the web, so that the documents and files are accessible while on the move. Google also provides generous storage space capacity for the uploaded files, making Google Docs a perfect solution as a free backup solution for offline files. Google Docs Help Center explains that Google Docs saves to a secure, online storage facility, where users can access the documents from any computer, and, in the event of a local hard drive crash, won’t lose the saved content. And Google servers backs up data almost as often as users can manage to change the contents.
However, Google Docs doesn’t have the auto sync feature to automatically transfer and synchronize files and documents between local computer and Google Docs web server. Users will have to upload the files one by one using Google Docs web interface, although it’s possible to download multiple files at once.
DocSyncer in Action
DocSyncer is the solution the awkward Google Docs upload functionality. DocSyncer, as its name implied, will constantly keep track of any changes and synchronize the documents between local PC hard drive on selected folders, and Google Docs account. If the files do not exist in the web account or local drive, DocSyncer will upload and download the files automatically, including the newly created and saved documents, spreadsheets and presentations. From DocSyncer, users can directly open a document in Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint or open it in Google Docs. It’s also possible to access Previous Versions of the file, although it’s not clear is the feature Vista specific. 
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