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Syncdocs 6.2 Beta Released

We’re happy to announce the latest beta version of Syncdocs.

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. We’d love any comments of suggestions.

The beta can be downloaded from http://www.syncdocs.com/downloads/SyncdocsBeta.msi

Syncdocs 6.218 beta release notes

New features:
1. 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.
2. If upgrading from Google’s Drive client, then the Google Drive sync folder is automatically selected as the default, to limit re-syncing.
3. There is a warning if Google’s Google Drive client is running at the same time. This prevents duplicates generated by Google Drive.
4. If upgrading from Google’s Drive client, then files shared with you are not synced by default, to mirror its behaviour.

Bug fixes
1. Fix for “illegal character in paths” errors when path names have ” in them and allow duplicate file names is not checked.
2. 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.
3. No warning message logged at startup when encryption not enabled.
4. 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.

Summary of Features added in the previous betas
• 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. (edit)
• Many other smaller bugfixes and improvements.

File filter options:
Google_Drive_File_Filters

What’s new in Syncdocs 6.1 beta

We’re happy to announce the beta of the next version of Syncdocs. We’ve made substantial improvements to the core sync engine, which mean much faster syncs and lower resource usage.

The main upgrades are:

  • 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 very long file and pathname support. We’ve changed the way paths are handled to bypass the Windows 260 character limit, too. So maximum path length is now 32000 characters.
  • Many other smaller bugfixes and improvements.

We’ve thoroughly tested this version, on Windows XP, 7, 8.1 and 10, as well as Server 2008 R2 and Server 2010. We’d love any comments of suggestions.

The beta can be downloaded from http://www.syncdocs.com/downloads/SyncdocsBeta.msi

The next beta will be released in about 4 weeks with many other new features.

Google_Drive_File_Filters

Syncing to Google Drive on Windows 10

Syncdocs connects Google Drive to Windows 10 and OneDrive

This is a short update to tell you we’ve extensively tested Syncdocs with the current build of Windows 10 (build 10240), and everything is working perfectly. So if you’re thinking of upgrading to Windows 10, then the most powerful Google Drive sync app will continue working 100%.

Syncdocs also works well with the inbuilt Windows 10 OneDrive app, so you can sync files to Google Drive and OneDrive at the same time.

We’re on track to release the next major version of Syncdocs next month.

 

Backup to Google Drive at Login or on Schedule

Many of our users use Google Drive strictly for backup purposes. They want an option that backs up to Google Drive at login and then stops syncing until the next login.

This is easy to do with Syncdocs. The simplest method is to start Syncdocs at login via a batch file in your startup folder. The batch file should contain a line:
SyncdocsPath\Syncdocs.exe –OnlyRunSyncOnce

The Syncdocs command line option to run once is –OnlyRunSyncOnce. This option is not case sensitive.

Standard shell error reporting is supported, exit code 0 means no problems, 1 a serious error.

If you want to run at external app when syncing is done, Syncdocs can run any external program to do this after the sync to notify you. Here’s how:
http://www.syncdocs.com/how-to-run-an-application-after-syncing/

If you want to send an email at the end of a sync, then you can do so via your mail client. Here’s how in Thunderbird:
http://www.kbrandt.com/2008/05/quick-tip-tunderbird-email-from-command.html

If you wish to run Syncdocs regularly, say for backup purposes, once a day, you can add an item to the Windows scheduler, or via the Syncdocs Preferences menu.

This lets you sync once a day at the time that you specify.

 

 

Schedule Google Drive syncs

 

Syncdocs – minor Google Drive sync update

We’ve just released a minor update of Syncdocs. This version has the following fixes:

1. Improved compatibility with the new Google Photos service, Google has tweaked the API and Syncdocs supports these tweaks. We are still working on allowing user-specified compression levels.
2. Fix for minor error: Fix for case where unshared Google Drive file was deleted by user A then wiped from trash by non-owner user B on Google Drive and deleted locally while Syndocs was not running. Then Syncdocs was run, error would be shown that the file could not be deleted.

We are still on track to release the next major version of Syncdocs (version 6) with many improvements next month.

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”. (Note that the update might not be immediately available if the server load if high.)

You can also download the new version and install it over the old one.
http://www.syncdocs.com/download-syncdocs

The 64 bit and portable versions are also updated to 5.988.
– The 64 bit version bypasses the memory limitations and lets you sync an almost unlimited number (hundreds of billions) of files to Google Drive.
– The portable version lets you run from and sync to files on a USB memory stick.

 

How to Reliably Sync to Google Photos

g_photosGoogle’s new Photos service allows you to store and share photos. It has just been spun out of the Google+ social network, and relies on Google Drive for storage.

How to enable Google Photos

This is a two step process. Firstly, in Google Drive, click on Google Photos in the left hand panel:

enable_google_photos1

Secondly, Click on “OK” when asked to create the the Google Photos folder.

create_google_photos_folder2

That’s it! It might take a while for Google to sync your existing Google Plus photos to Google Drive/Photos.

Any photos you upload to your local Google Photos folder will automatically be copied up onto Google’s photo’s service. All your Google Photos online can be synced back to your hard drive as a safe backup.

You can create folders in your Google Photo’s folder and these will be turned into Albums by Google Photos online.

Syncdocs can sync external drives, so you can mount your DSLR SD or CF memory card and have the images uploaded to Google Photos.

Syncdocs can reliably upload your photo collection. It is more reliable than using a web browser to upload as it supports resume, and works faster with bigger photos and video files.

Note that photos bigger than 16 MPixels and large video files count towards your drive quota, which is 15GB for free users. To check the contribution of Google Drive/GMail/Google Photos to your space usage, click on the quota usage menu in Syncdocs.

 

 

Sync Google Photos to your PC with Syncdocs

We’ve just released a minor update of Syncdocs. This version has the following fixes:
1. Compatiblity with the new Google Photos service
2. Fixes for missing .NET library resulting in “Google would not refresh auth token, retrying…” error.
3. Better handling of re-authentication, domain group permissions and scenarios where expired or revoked access tokens were re-enabled.
4. Better logging to catch Google Server “Backend” errors.
We are still on track to release the next major version of Syncdocs (version 6) with many improvements next month.

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”. (Note that the update might not be immediately available if the server load if high.)

You can also download the new version and install it over the old one.
http://www.syncdocs.com/download-syncdocs

The 64 bit and portable (USB memory stick) versions are also updated to 5.987.

Syncdocs update and .NET library

The new Syncdocs requires some Microsoft Operating System patches from 2011. If you have not kept your OS up-to-date, or are running under Wine in Linux, you might need these patches.

.NET 4.0 required

The new Syncdocs version 5.98 uses Google features that require Microsoft .NET 4.0

For users of Windows XP this should be installed if Windows XP was allowed to automatically update. If not, it can be installed from Microsoft.

2011 update required

If you are running an old or non-updated version of Windows, Microsoft patch KB2468871 is also required.

Syncdocs should auto-install it if missing. You will see the following message if it is missing.

net_upgrade_permissions

Syncdocs will pop-up the web page to download it.

ms_download_center

Double click on the file on the bottom left to run it.

net_upgrade_wiz

Wait a few minutes while the upgrade installs.

When it is done – re-run Syncdocs, by double clicking on the icon.

re-run-syncdocs

Google Password to Permissions Change.

Google is tightening the account security used for drive. After April 2015, passwords will no longer be an option for Google Drive Syncdocs users, as discussed here. Google based permissions will be required.

 

The most recent Syncdocs update walks you through the process. If you are still using a password, after the update you will see the following popup:

Google Drive passwords to permissions change

Clicking OK will take you to the Google permissions web page. (you may need to login or select an account first)

ask_for_permissions

You will need to click “Accept” to give Syncdocs access to your Google Drive files. Here’s a detailed discussion of the access Syncdocs needs and what it needs it for.

That’s it. Syncdocs will now go back to work as usual.

Note for Windows Server users

If you running Syncdocs on a Windows Server, the “Requests for Permissions” web page may be blank.

On a Windows Server IE may be locked down by default. You will need to add *.google.com and *.gstatic.com to the trusted sites and lowering the trusted sites security level to low to show the permissions page.