Insync is like Dropbox for Google Docs, and it's awesome
Insync is a new app for Mac and Windows which works like Dropbox, but there's a rather awesome twist: it's totally integrated with Google Docs. Install Insync, authenticate with Google, and your local Insync folder begins pulling down your Docs files in the cloud. Insync has only recently begun beta testing, so there are still some bugs to work out. For example, non-document files I tested (like some .JPG screenshots) temporarily displayed two entries in my local folder but didn't upload to my Docs.
That shortcoming aside, Insync is still an incredibly useful app and an excellent alternative to Dropbox. Why?
- Insync provides offline access to your Google Docs files, a feature users have been wanting for quite some time
- Google storage is dirt cheap: Dropbox is roughly $240/year for 100GB. $100/year will get you 400GB from Google
- Your additional storage is also available to you in Gmail and Picasa Web
- Full Explorer and Finder integration, including status indicator badges for files
- Growl support for Mac
- Autosuggest feature supports your Google contacts
- Versioning and conflict resolution
- Differential syncing means only the changed bits are uploaded -- not the entire file
- Pooled storage support for Google Apps users, along with centralized user administration
Four times the storage at less than half the price and offline Docs access? Sign me up.