Alexis Drogoul
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Alexis_d reviewed on 08 Jul 2012
Very nice software. Stable, much better than Google Drive in many aspects (several accounts allowed, possibility to register several machines without trouble — I had constantly trouble with the two Macs I own everytime I synchronized them, on the fly translation to/from Office files, etc.).

And I should say that it is much more stable and reliable than GD. I used to have documents in GD stuck in the "Upload problems" state, which I could sync without hassle with Insync).


Alexis_d reviewed on 08 Jul 2012
I must say that, after great expectations, I am truly disappointed by this software from Google. I use Google Docs everyday and thought it might be a nice addition to have them all on my computers (2 of them), always available when I'm disconnected and syncing automatically and without hassle when I'm connected (a bit what I expect as well from iCloud when they will allow arbitrary documents to be shared).


There are still a number of bugs present (for instance documents created on the computer and not uploaded because of "upload problems" - Thanks guys, I already knew there were problems ! But a bit of explanation would not hurt).

I have 2 computers, which I synchronize regularly (through a Thunderbolt cable), and the Google Drive folder is among the folders I synchronize. Every time I synchronize them, the Google Drive folder is not recognized anymore on the target, so I have to designate it again … and GD tells me I can't use it because it is not empty ! Of course it is not empty ! But when I have a 1GB document (already synced one time with GD), I prefer to synchronize it through Thunderbolt than through my poor ADSL line. So the only solution is to trash the GD folder on the target and resync everything again.

Then, more generally, I am a bit lost at how shared documents are managed. It seems that, by default, unless you create a document, it does not appear in your GD. But why ? And why isn't there an option to sync *all* the documents you have (whether or not you created them). So the only option is to do it manually (actually, by dragging them) on the web site. And of course, this is true for every new document shared with you — so this means that whenever someone shares a document with me, if I want it to be in my GD, I need to go on the web site, find this document, drag it to My Drive, etc. A true pain in the ass (pardon me) when you happen to use GD a lot.

So, after some digging around, I decided to trash Google Drive from my Macs and use Insync instead. By the way, I'm surprised nobody mentioned it here. Even before GD was released, it used to work great for Google Documents. With Insync, every document shared with you or created by you is automatically synchronized with your mac. Google Doc documents are translated on the fly to their Office counterparts (in both directions). You can manage multiple Google accounts without problems. And you can register several machines that will correctly stay synchronized (even if you happen to synchronize them by some other means). Highly recommended !
[Version 1.2]

Alexis_d had trouble on 22 May 2010
Was impatient to try out this new version. However, when it launches, and after asking me if I allow it to use my current location, it just puts the temperature in the Menubar and hangs, consuming 100% of the CPU, and not giving access to the menu. I tried to delete all the preferences and associated files, but it does not change anything.
[Version 2.0]

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Alexis_d replied on 22 May 2010
Thanks for answering so quickly -- and good luck for the debugging :)
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