Jan 03, 2012

What do you use to sync Google Docs with your desktop?

I use Google Docs when I'm out in the field or traveling, and Microsoft Office on my desktop when I'm back in my, er, office. It can be a hassle trying to get the docs in Office into Google Docs, and vice versa, especially when I'm in a rush, or simply forget to do it. Are there any the programs out there that work well to keep Google Docs synched up with my desktop without a lot of effort on my part?


I'm using GoSync from the AppStore on my iMac. It is quite simple, but does exactly what I need. Sync. just that.




You could always store docs in the Cloud, and then access them from whatever machine you are on at the moment.  But that alone doesn't help you with files formats, and you have to take an extra step to sync up MS Office Docs to Cloud Storage.  Still, that's an option, and there are choices like OffiSync which works with Google Docs and is compatible with Word, but I'm not sure how well it works specifically with MS Office.  There is also Skydrive from Microsoft, which works fine with Office, but I'm not sure about how it handles Google Docs.


Another way to go is KumoSync.  First of all, if you are at all interested, it is worth trying since it is free.   Once you configure it, KumoSync auto-syncs from your desktop, so you will be certain that your stored documents are always updated.  You can also easily set it up to use multiple Google Doc accounts very easily.  I think it is definitely worth taking a look at if you use Google Docs on multiple machines, and it should work fine with Office as well, although I can't personally vouch for that aspect of it.  

Google Cloud Connect is probably what you're looking for:


"Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office brings collaborative multi-person editing to the familiar Microsoft® Office experience. You can share, backup, and simultaneously edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint®, and Excel® documents with coworkers. "

See this article for details on how to use it:


"Collaborating on a document has become increasingly easy these past few years. You can work together on the same document using services like EtherPad, you can have your documents in the cloud using Google Docs or you can sync your documents in real-time using services like Dropbox – and this is just naming a few.

Another player in the field is Google Cloud Connect. Google Cloud Connect is a plugin for MS Office that connects your Office documents to your Google Docs. It serves both as a backup for your documents, and as a means to share, get feedback and collaborate on a document."
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