Monthly Archives: February 2012

Syncdocs maintenance release

We’ve just released a new version of Syncdocs. This is a collection of recent bugfixes and small improvements:

Release notes for Syncdocs version 2.22

– Improved handling on non printable characters in file and folder names.
– Fixed a bug to bypass unnecessary deletions and the re-syncs caused by the way certain applications save temporary files. This affects Adobe Illustrator, MYOB, Netbeans and Autodesk users.
– Selective Sync now bypasses Google xml errors for certain collection names, and shows these names, removes duplicates.
– Faster handling of updates to existing files and folders, especially when the user has no permission on Google to commit the update.
– Faster mirroring of Google permissions locally.
– Fixed bug where files with exactly the same name, path and content, but different mime types were seen as the same file.
– Verify Google deletes reported by changes feed.
– Timed or manual sync displayed ‘syncing’ at startup.
– Timed sync or backup displayed right time but wrong date.
– Timed sync or backup would revert to automatic sync on some errors.
– Fixed a bug where locked files were not re-synced once the file was unlocked later.
– Fixed a permissions inheritance mismatch where sub-collections on Google have been set with different permission to parents.
– Fixed error on Wipe Trash older than 7 days where next sync would unnecessarily re-upload files.
– Wipe trash function ignores file not found errors and now wipes trash better.
– Don’t overwhelm user with cryptic “access denied” error messages on Google file locked.
– Google server now adds http redirect for music files on Docs. Partial fix for mp3 playlists generation, playlists not work with all audio players yet, though.

How to Update

The upgrade and will normally happen 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.



More Control over Selecting what Syncs

Easy selection

Syncdocs lets you select what syncs in the selective sync menu.

You can also on select any folder on your PC or network to sync.

There are also options in the Preferences menu that allow one directional syncing, exclusion of network shares or exclusion of non-Google file types.

New selective sync features

How to exclude files in the root folder

A new feature of Syncdocs version 2 is the ability to ignore files that are in the top level (root) folder on Google Docs. Many times, you only want to sync certain folders on Google, to the exclusion of everything else. This option ignores files not in any folder, too.

Advanced file and folder exclusion

For advanced users, Syncdocs can be set to ignore specific file names or file types.

Note that doing this requires editing a settings xml file. You can break your Syncdocs if you destroy this settings file. If you do break the settings, you can repair Syncdocs, either by re-installing it, or by clicking on the “Default Settings” button in the Preferences.

To set which file types sync, first exit Syncdocs.

Then edit the settings file called appsettings.xml in the folder:


and edit the section “FileAndFolderNamesToIgnore

Not syncing certain file or folder names

To ignore all files called “thumbs.db”, add  thumbs.db to the list:


Files or folders (collections) in this list will be ignored.

Not syncing certain file types

Syncdocs can also ignore certain extensions:


The above will ignore all .lnk and .LNK extensions.

Extensions are case sensitive.

Restart Syncdocs when done.