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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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

Google Drive will no longer allow password based access in April 2015

Apps like Syncdocs have two ways getting permission to access your Google Drive account – via your password, or you can give them permission (called OAuth). Syncdocs allows you to use either method.

Since 2013 Syncdocs has been using OAuth permissions as the default. There is more info on it here.

Google is slowly withdrawing the “via a password” method, as part of their drive to improve security.

In 2015 Syncdocs will begin encouraging users still using passwords on Syncdocs to switch to account permissions. After 20 April 2015, passwords may no longer work.

OAuth is better for security, as you can limit what permissions an app has access to. For example, using OAuth with Syncdocs gives it access only to your Google Drive, not to your GMail.

If you have not already done so, securing your Google account with backup emails, security questions and SMS verification is highly recommended.

Switch to giving Syncdocs permission (OAuth)

Do this by clicking on the Syncdocs taskbar menu and then selecting Preferences. Then click on the Account Tab, and check the following option:

switch_to_oauth

Syncdocs will pop up a web page asking for permission to access your Google Drive account. You will need to click on approve to give Syncdocs access to your account.

That’s it. Syncdocs will work without requiring your password.

Read on to learn about why Syncdocs needs what permission, and also how to revoke access if you un-install Syncdocs. Keep your Google account safe by checking our general security tips.

Syncdocs permissions

Syncdocs needs the following permissions in order to run. Here is the detail of what it needs and why:

  1. Know who you are on Google, and view your email address.
    Your email address is needed to login to the right Google Drive account, and is also needed when you share files with others, or change their ownership.
  2. View and manage files in Google Drive.
    This is the core of what Syncdocs does, reading and writing to Google Drive.
  3. Access your Contact List, Tasks and Calendars.
    Syncdocs can back these up these once a day to your local hard drive.
  4. View and manage your spreadsheets in Google Drive.
    This is for legacy support. Older Google Spreadsheets (and forms) used to be a separate product from Google Docs, which was the foundation for Google Drive.
  5. Manage your photos and videos.
    Google Photos (old Picassa) will probably be merged into Google Drive and away from Google Plus by Google some time in 2015. This permission is to allow the backup of these photos.
  6. Manage your goo.gl short URLs.
    Syncdocs uses goo.gl short links when sharing files with others. This makes it easier for them to use, as https://goo.gl/ABC123 is easier than https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hIXivBHKyZPPPMw6mLaVNgCZODX5zelxWvTTCDSxpgBA/pub

Users have been trusting us with their Google data since 2010, learn more about our security and privacy policy here.

How to revoke Syncdocs permissions

If you’ve uninstalled Syncdocs and want to remove the account permissions you gave the app, here’s how:

  1. Go to accounts.google.com or google.com/settings
  2. Click on the “Security” tab.
  3. Under the section “Account Permissions”, click on “View all”:
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  4. Click Revoke Access next to the app (Syncdocs) you wish to remove permission from.

How to keep on using passwords with Syncdocs

Note, this is not recommended and Google will probably remove this in future. However, if you wish to keep on using your account password in Syncdocs and not giving it OAuth permission as above:

You can also allow Syncdocs to keep on using the password, but enabling “less secure apps” on your Google account. Just check the option here:
https://www.google.com/settings/security/lesssecureapps

Since 2013 Syncdocs has been using OAuth permissions as the default. There is more info on it here and some general security tips.

 

New Syncdocs 5.80 maintenance release

A new maintenance version of Syncdocs, version 5.80 has just been released. The main reason for this release is to be compatible with upcoming Google URL changes. The next major release of Syncdocs (version 6) will be out beta in late October. It contains many new features, will be faster and use less memory on 32bit systems.

Stop Syncdocs folder cluttering your Google Drive root

A new feature in this 5.80 release is the ability not to create any of its default folders in the root of your Google Drive.

Syncdocs makes folders for called Originals Backup, Shared, and Direct Uploads. The use and creation of these folders can now be turned off by un-checking the following option in the Folders Tab of the Preferences.

 google drive folders

Differences between old and new behaviour

 If you are upgrading from an older version of Syncdocs, there is no change – the folders will still be used, unless you un-check this option. However, new installations will not make these folders by default.

1. Right click Sharing to Google Drive

The old behaviour of sharing was to upload folders and files to the “Public Share” folder if these items were shared publicly.

The new behaviour is to upload shared files and folders to the root by default.

2. Right click Uploading files to Google Drive

Old files went into the “Direct Uploads” folder. New files go to the root.

3. Right click Encrypting and Uploading folders to Google Drive

There is no change. Folders, are created in the root, as a link to the original, if specified.

4. Backing up edited Google Docs and Contact Lists

The Originals Backup folder is no longer stored in local Google Drive root – rather it is saved with the user’s other Syncdocs settings. This folder contains the original files that might be corrupted by editing on Google, as well as the Contacts List backup.

 

Syncdocs Google Drive Sync 5.67 Released

While we are working on a major new version of Syncdocs, we’ve slipped some of the fixes and features into a maintenance update of Syncdocs.

Syncdocs Version 5.67 Fixes and New features

Fixed

– Improved download reliability on large and locked files on slow networks.
– Speed improved on unreliable networks
– Google Forms design download. Form responses are now downloaded as a spreadsheet, but the form design (html) is not, as Google no longer supports this.
– Create New Google presentation from the menu and command line, creates new format Google Presentations.
– File extensions and file-names set to be ignored in appsettings.xml were sometimes not ignored when the file was updated on Google.

New Features

– Minor warnings are no longer shown on the status by default. This can be turned back on in the “Show Warnings” item in the Advanced Preferences menu.
– Google Drive download bandwidth can be limited in the Sync Preferences menu.

rate_limit_google_drive

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 just re-install it over the old one.
http://www.syncdocs.com/download-syncdocs

We’ll be releasing updated 64bit and portable USB stick version in the next few days.

New Syncdocs Version Released

We’re happy to announce an updated version of Syncdocs.

What’s new in Syncdocs 5.53

This update contains performance enhancements and minor fixes:
– New Google Drive API features supported mean faster syncing.
– Better looking Windows 8 support
– Ability to create a public website from Google Drive
– Ability to create a public web playlist on Google Drive and generally improved playlist, web playlist and mp3 support.
– Ability to sync hidden folders
– Fixes for syncing locked files created by Adobe InDesign and MYOB accounting
– Bypass Google Drive file wipe (permanently erase) issue.
– Many smaller fixes

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.
http://www.syncdocs.com/download-syncdocs

Portable Google Drive Sync

The Syncdocs portable editions (for running from and syncing removable media like USB sticks) are now available:

For all Intel CPU’s:
http://www.syncdocs.com/downloads/SyncdocsPortableInstaller.exe

For 64bit versions of Windows (can access huge amounts of memory)
http://www.syncdocs.com/downloads/SyncdocsPortableInstaller64.exe

What’s next?

A major new version (6) with many useful new features is about a month away.

Extra sync

We’ve just doubled the amount of free quota to 500 files

When we started Syncdocs 2 years ago, 1G online storage and 250 files seemed a reasonable amount. Not anymore, so we’ve doubled the amount of free starting quota to 500 files.

If you have already invited friends your quota will also be increased by at least 250. You can still get more by inviting friends to Syncdocs.

 

And get more file sync quotasyncdocs on twitter and facebook

Invite your friends to use Syncdocs and both of you get a free bonus. You get a +250 bonus per friend.

The person you invited also gets an extra 250 file bonus, so starts with 750 files. They can also invite others, while staying in sync with Google Docs on all their PCs.

Invite as many people as you wish, up to a max of 10,000 files.

Go here to invite by email, or to get a link to share on your blog, webpage, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Enjoy!

-The Syncdocs team