Google Docs, my favourite. No matter where I am, I can access my documents and work on them, provided I have the right gadget with a decent internet connection. Sadly, the only downside about Google Docs is that they don’t provide any official tool to sync the documents across all the computer I have to work on, like my office and my home computer.
Manually updating the files after working on them is an option, but there is a high possibility of data redundancy in that. In my hunt to find a solution to automate the task, I stumbled upon a very effective, yet free tool called Insync.
In simple words, you can think of Insync as a Dropbox for your Google Docs storage space. It lets you sync your files to your Google Docs account in real time, and thus you always have the fresh copy to work on without any effort.
Setting up Insync
Step 1: Download and install Insync on your computer. The installation process is simple enough, just follow the onscreen instructions to complete the setup. After the installation is completed, you will be asked to restart your explorer. Don’t worry, just continue and complete the installation process.
Step 2: Now run Insync. On the first run, the program will ask you to authenticate your Google account and would require some application access over the same. Authorize the application to link your account with Insync.
Step 3: You will now be asked to name the computer, and as soon as you click on the button Link machine to this account you will be taken to the Insync Dashboard. Click on the File tab to have a look at all your documents you have in your Google Docs.
After the initial setup is complete, everything else is a cake walk. Insync will create a folder named Insync in your Document folder (Windows Vista and 7) My Documents (Windows Xp) where all your files that are hosted on Google Docs will be synced.
Now the idea is that, when ever you make a change to a file in the Insync folder, it will be synced to your Google Docs account and vice versa. So that means no matter you work from home or your office, If properly synced, you will be working on the single copy of the document. You can also share your files with your contacts.
Note: To ensure the real-time sync without any fail, please make sure Insync is running in the Taskbar while you are working on the documents.
Currently, there is no support for mobile and smartphones, but they are working on the Android and iOS versions, which will be rolling out soon.
Not only, your office documents, you can backup and sync any type of files with Insync. If you are a premium Dropbox user, you can definitely go for Insync with uses Google Docs space, which will cost you around eight times cheaper when compared to Dropbox.
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