Cloud storage systems are increasing in numbers and are making file use and transfer much more accessible. It is a great way to keep all your important files handy and to access them from wherever you are.
These kinds of storage systems also offer a more secure environment for your files so a lot of the time you can use them as backup solutions.
Google Drive is one of these systems and Insync is a client that allows you to synchronize one or more Drive accounts with your computer. This means that all the files you have stored on Google Drive are automatically downloaded to your computer and placed in a special folder.
The sync location on your PC can be custom set and you can also choose which files or folders from Drive you want to copy. This proves to be very handy since Google Drive is capable of storing large amounts of files and you don’t want to wait a long time when you just need one file.
Insync offers you a two-way sync. Everything you create in Google Drive is automatically stored on your computer and all the files that you place into the custom folder on your PC are uploaded to the cloud account. It’s a function which shows you that Insync is a great solution for on the fly situations.
Moreover, when you are offline, you can still edit the synchronized text files that are on your PC and when you go back online, the changes are applied to the cloud documents as well.
A thing that is unavailable in Insync and can be a bit of a bother, is the fact that you can’t explore a secondary Drive folder in order to choose which files you want to sync. You either synchronize the entire folder, or none of it.
In closing, Insync is by all means a very practical and reliable application that can certainly improve the way you use Google Drive.
Insync is a useful and reliable utility that synchronizes your Gmail data to your computer. Any changes you make locally will be synced up and any changes on Google Docs will be synced down.
You need to place files and / or folders inside the Insync folder under each Google email account. While it is syncing, it will show a blue icon on the file and / or folder. When the synchronization is complete, a green check-mark will be displayed.
- Read/write + read only sharing permissions (on folder + file)
- File sharing (you have to share folders in Dropbox)
- Share recipients aren’t charged against their Google Docs storage quota
- Nested sharing
- Google Docs collaboration
- Leave Insync anytime and all your stuff are in your Google Docs account
- No direct access to your files (a rogue employee will have to create a program that uses the Google Docs API and steal your access credentials to get at your files)
- Insync only stores your file metadata