Syncdocs 6 released

We’re happy to announce the next version of Syncdocs, version 6.26. This version is much faster, uses less memory, handles very long paths and file filters and provides a more reliable sync than version 5.

New features

• Around half the maximum memory footprint of previous versions.
• Much faster startup sync, no more “querying Google Drive” for minutes at a time at startup.
• Better handling of Google Server errors. Google orphan files are detected and properly handled. Previously, these zombie Google Drive files could lead to duplicates or unnecessary syncs.
• File integrity is double checked after download, to make sure that the Google Server sent the correct and full file.
• Files can now be filtered by date, time, size, filename or folder name match, extension match or regular expression via the file filter tab, shown below.
• Full long file name support up to paths of 32000 characters.
• Support for creating Google format link files (.gdoc, gsheet, gslides etc). This can be set by unchecking “Convert Google Docs to Office format on download” in the Files tab of the Preferences menu. This option is automatically enabled if users are upgrading from Google’s Google Drive client.
• If upgrading from Google’s Drive client, then the Google Drive sync folder is automatically selected as the default, to limit re-syncing.
• There is a warning if Google’s Google Drive client is running at the same time. This prevents duplicates generated by Google Drive.
• If upgrading from Google’s Drive client, then files shared with you are not synced by default, to mirrow its behaviour.
• Better support for Google Photos in Drive as well as the latest Google Drive application interface.
• Other smaller improvements.

Main bug fixes

• Fix for “illegal character in paths” errors when path names have ” in them and allow duplicate file names is not checked.
• Fix for bug when you delete file shared with you, that you don’t own. These files were deleted locally, but not on Google, and then these files re-appear on downloading. These files are now deleted, with the exception of files that the owner has not given you write access to. You cannot delete these files, in the same way the web client prevents you from downloading them. However, you can still choose not to sync them.
• Better detection of Google Orphan files produced when their servers are too busy.
• No warning message logged at startup when encryption not enabled.
• Smoother handling of non critical errors means that non-syncable files will be skipped more often and errors in the Google Server list will be handled without restarting the sync.
• Fix for non-owned files wiped from Trash when Syncdocs not running sometimes results in error  “Error wiping GDoc, Could not delete file with ID ”
• Fix for local changes detected when there were none, especially for users of Kaspersky anti-virus.
• File Encryption uses less memory now, encryption of files >4GB is now possible too.
• Regular expression file match speed up.
• Fix for some types of files appearing on Google Drive with the black Google OAuth2 icon instead of an unknown file type icon.
• Many other smaller bugfixes and improvements.

We’ve extensively tested this version, on Windows XP, 7, 8.1 and 10, as well as Server 2008 R2, 2010, 2012 and on Terminal Server clients, as well as user testing during a 3 month beta phase. We’d love any comments of suggestions.

How to Update

The upgrade is free and will 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.

The 64 bit and portable Google Drive sync (USB memory stick) versions are also updated to version 6.26

Google Drive file filter options:


2 Responses to Syncdocs 6 released

  • Andrew says:

    Thank you for a great app.

    // There is a warning if Google’s Google Drive client is running at the same time. This prevents duplicates generated by Google Drive.
    Will Syndocs keep asking me do I want the native Google app running, if I answered ‘yes’ first time? I sync my corporate files with Syncdocs and my personal account with the Gdrive client so it’s definately not a problem in my case.

    • admin says:

      No, it will only warn you once, and then remember your choice.

      You’re fine syncing separate Google Drive accounts, one personal and one business, that will not cause problems.

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