Monthly Archives: August 2012

New Syncdocs Release has Notifications, Hybrid search

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

What’s new:

Hybrid search combines local PC and Google Drive search results. You can open local files or Google Docs directly from the search results.
Pop-up notifications. See taskbar notifications for new shared files, or for changes by others to files you have shared.
– Your Google Contact list is backed up once a day.
– The low bandwidth mode uses less bandwidth and now only syncs every 30 minutes despite local changes.
– Syncdocs can execute an external program at the end of the sync.
– some small user interface changes and bugfixes

How to upgrade

As usual your old version should ask if you want to update automatically in the next few days, if you want the fixes 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.

USB Portable versions

These have also been updated. Grab the version that runs from a USB stick here. There is also a 64 bit portable version.


Improve Security with Two-factor Authentication for Syncdocs

As Google expands into more and more of our lives it is worth thinking about what would happen if you lost access to your Google account.

Syncdocs provides extra security: in case your Google account is hacked, your files will not be accessible and can be protected by “military strength” AES encryption. However, it is better if you don’t lose you account to hackers in the first place.

A good way to add extra security is to enable Google two-factor authentication. This lets you use your cellphone or landline as a way of recovering your password. Your account is much safer and less likely to get hacked.

Matt Cutts provides more reasons to turn it on in his blog.

Syncdocs supports accounts with two-factor. Just click on “generate password” in the “application specific” password section. You can revoke access at any time without changing your password, too.

See this how to guide for a detailed walk-through on setting things up, or look at the screen-shot below for a brief explanation:

Google Two Factor setup

Collaborate between Office 2013 and Google Apps

Using the new Microsoft Office 2013 (Office version 15) you can easily save documents to your web SkyDrive account. You can share this online document with other Office 2013 users. However, to share to the widest number of friends possible, it’s best not to force them to use a specific product.

If you have Syncdocs installed, you can easily collaborate between Office 2013 and Google Docs, in real-time. You can also collaborate between the older Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 versions using Google Docs. This is useful if your collaborators don’t all use the same product.

Here’s how to setup online collaboration using Word 2013 and Google Docs:

First install the latest free version of Syncdocs.

Then create a document in Word 2013, here we’ve just used the welcome document. Then simply save it to your Syncdocs synced folder on your desktop.

In Google Docs you can edit or share the file.

Any changes you make online are automatically synced back into your MS Word in real-time.

And Word 2013 changes are synced up to Google Docs.

This way you can easily share and collaborate on the web using any version of Office from the last 10 years and Google Docs.

One way “syncing” to Google Drive

Sometimes you only want to upload or download your files to or from Google and not do a full sync.  The main reason for doing this is backups.

Syncdocs can easily do this. In the ‘Preferences’ menu look at the options in “Customized Sync Control”.

For example, if you only want to upload files to Google, then un-check “Download Google files to this PC”.

For more info on these options, see the Google Drive Backup guide