GDocsOpen is a software program for Windows that makes it easy to edit and sync local documents directly to Google Documents. I found its small size and simple installation appealing, but it can’t be used without an active internet connection, which limits its usefulness.
The software comes in a surprisingly-small 744 kb zip file. The installation program politely asks your okay for it to make changes to the registry, and requests your Google Docs username and password (which it says will be encrypted on your local hard drive). Once installed, you are presented with a two-pane screen showing local and remote files. When a file is selected, it opens Google Docs’ web interface.
The program generated a couple of errors while installing on an old XP machine, and I also got a “Google Docs is not supported in your browser” notice, although everything seemed to work all right. You should probably try the seven-day trial version on your systems before purchase; the software costs a very reasonable $9.99.
The software can be set to be the default edtor for Microsoft Office, StarOffice and OpenOffice documents, including .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .csv, .rtf, .ppt, .pps, .odt, and .ods. GDocsOpen requires Windows XP, 2003, Vista or 7, with the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.
Using Google Docs to edit local documents isn’t unique to GDocsOpen — it’s one of the features of Egnyte, for example — but GDocsOpen may be an attractive option for those who like a local editor, but also want to sync documents with the cloud.
How do you edit and sync documents?