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How to sync Google Drive to Dropbox

Syncdocs works fine in along with with Dropbox. You can sync to both Google Drive and Dropbox simultaneously. You can also select a subset of folders in either to sync.

Why Multiple Syncing?

There are a few reasons one might want to sync to Google Drive and Dropbox at the simultaneously. The main reason is to get your Dropbox files synced with Google Docs and back. This means you can easily edit Dropbox files online, share them to anyone and access them on any device.

Dropbox has better Linux/Mac OSX support than Syncdocs, so you can use Syncdocs and Dropbox together to sync files from your Mac and PC to Google Docs.

Google Docs provides great online collaboration and and online office suite and is accessible from more  devices than Dropbox.

You might also want to sync to multiple cloud servers for redundancy. Syncdocs uses Google Storage to store your data and Dropbox uses Amazon S3.

How to Sync Google Drive to Dropbox

Previously Syncdocs needed the Dropbox or Google Docs folder to be in a specific place. Now, with Syncdocs version 1.23 or later, you can simply select your Dropbox folder and have it synchronize to Google Docs with Syncdocs. Here’s how:

To access the selective sync menu.

1. Right click on the Syncdocs taskbar icon, and select Preferences. Then in the folder tab, click the Select button


 2. Click on “Add folder” and select My Dropbox.

Note that you don’t have to Sync your entire Dropbox folder, you can select a sub-folder inside it, too.


That’s it! Changes you make to stuff in Dropbox will be synced to Google Docs and changes in Google Docs will be mirrored back to Dropbox.

What’s new in Syncdocs version 1.24

We’re happy to announce a new release of Syncdocs.

What’s new
– Selective sync now supports local folders too.
– Arbitrary folder sync: select any folders on your PC or network to sync with Google.
– Multiple account support: sync multiple Google accounts at the same time.
– Context menu right click upload now supports folder trees as well as files.
– Google file rights are mirrored locally.

Smaller changes
– Progress indicator when deleting a large number of Google docs
– Command line user name setting -u username and folder upload options improved
– Uploaded sub-folder contents not now shown in Google “Home”, only in “All files”. This reduces “Home” clutter.
– appsettings.xml now contains settings “ExtensionsToIgnore” and “FileAndFolderNamesToIgnore”. These specify types and names to ignore from sync.
– Symlinks to network devices now supported
– More informative display on once a day backup status
– Word merge popups less annoying.

What’s delayed until the next release
– increased Syncing speed.

– Fix for duplicated files and folders in root Google folder when access rights to child folder not present.
– Folder share with Advanced permissions option, now shares contents too.
– Fix for “not a valid win32 filetime” error when files come from certain Samba based NAS boxes
– Fix for “unhandled main loop error” on certain character sets
– Better handling if path greater than 260 characters.
– Start with windows fix for certain usernames.

How to access the new features

Selective sync:
Access this through Preferences->Folder->Select. Check or uncheck the folders to sync.
Or view for a detailed selective sync how-to.

Arbitrary folder sync:
Access this like selective sync above, but click on “Add folder” button. Add the folders to sync.
Or see more info on selecting any folder.

Multi-user support:
Access this through Preferences->Account and then “Make shortcut” or “Use now” for the selected account, or use the new account “Wizard” button.
Or see  more on how to setup multi-user support.

Access rights syncing:
See here for info on disabling or enabling the mirroring of Google access rights locally.

Many of these features are similar to the recent betas.

 How to Update

It normally happens automatically. The old Syncdocs version should ask if you want to update automatically in the next few days. To update now, right click on the Syncdocs taskbar icon, go to Preferences -> Advanced -> “Check for Updates”

You can also download the new version and install it over the old one.


Selective Google Drive Sync

Why selective sync?

Selective sync allows you to select which folders to sync to Google Drive and Apps.

A  reason for selective syncing might be to save bandwidth or storage space.

For example you might have a main desktop PC and you want everything synced or backed up to Google Drive. You might have another netbook with much more limited storage and only want to sync work or a certain project folder with this netbook.

Selecting collections

Syncdocs now lets you select the folders (collections) you want to sync on each PC. You can check or uncheck the folders you want. The checked items (like “Contacts”) are synced, while the unchecked items (like “Videos”) are not.

Shared collections

Another use for selective syncing is to ignore the files others share with you on Google Drive and Docs. In the image above, collections others share with you are shown at the bottom of the list. Often you don’t want all these folders on every PC.

Accessing the selective sync menu in Syncdocs

To access the selective sync menu.

Right click on the Syncdocs taskbar icon, and select Preferences. Then in the folder tab, click the Select button

You’ll need Syncdocs version 1.23 or later for this feature.