Google Docs & Spreadsheets have started to make me think different about I use and organize documents. I keep track of some of my spreadsheets online at Google Docs just because I can access it from anywhere with a browser and update it.
I still missed at times when I found it easier to work from my desktop with OpenOffice that using Google Docs web application.
DocSyncer (beta) is here to take care of that missing piece for me and you if you have ever felt that way. DocSyncer works by automatically finding and syncing your documents to Google Docs and your DocSyncer account.
Quick Facts about DocSyncer
- DocSyncer monitors changes to documents and sync the updated files as well
- Install DocSyncer in as many computers as you want and have them synced at Google Docs
- Log in to DocSyncer from any computer to continue your work you left at half way in another computer.
- You can see all previous versions of a document as well
- Uses 128-bit SSL & AES encryption while syncing your docs for security
- With Google Docs Mobile Edition, you can even get to your documents in your computer from your cell phone.
- Launch Google Docs from your computer just like you open them in Microsoft Office
- You can open files in your My Account tab in your browser locally in your computer
- Custom folders work a little bit where you can turn off which folders inside Desktop or My Documents you don’t want to sync.
- You can also change your Google Docs account from inside DocSyncer.
Should I Use It
It sure looks like a promising way to streamline my personal document management. One thing that I don’t like right now is that if I update a document, it uploads it to Google Docs as a new document. But, they say a fix is coming soon to make it a version of an existing document. And I think it is a very important one at that before people start using it widely.
I am also looking forward to the promised features like the ability to email documents from anywhere to your DocSyncer account and have it in your desktop when you come home. Plus, the only folders they sync right now is My Documents and the Desktop folder and more control is in the offing.
I had signed up for a private beta and at first look the service looks very promising. Although, I am going tohold my horses until the service matures with the upcoming features before using it mainstream. You can sign up to get notifed of the launch or even an invite to the private beta.
I have been meaning to test drive a service such as FolderShare for a while and I will post about my experience with it compared to this and their differences in a future post.
Until then, I would like to hear from you what you think about this service and if you think it is something that you would like to use.