There is a trend developing regarding Google and Google products. We, the products, want to be more in control of our data. Google’s Gmail, Docs, and other services are provided to us for free. In exchange, Google makes us, the user, the product.
I don’t mind being a number to Google (or, worse, mere data), but I think it’s in my best interest to exercise more control of my data in Google, so I’ve set about to find a few apps that help to personalize and control that management process.
One of the first apps on my test list is GoSync. What this inexpensive Mac app does is deceivingly simple. It synchronizes your Google Docs files to your Mac. Any change you make gets synced back to Google.
Setup is very simple. GoSync lets you log in to your Google account from within the app.
Then, simply select a folder on your Mac where you want Google Docs files to be synchronized.
Extra features include a function to convert your Mac’s Microsoft Office files into Google Docs editable files.
Built-in filters let you exclude specific files and folders in the sync process.
In the end, you get more control over your Google Docs because they’re on your Mac, but synchronized to Google.
Basically, Google becomes something like Dropbox– another cloud appendage for the Mac.