20 Most Handy Tools for Google Docs

20 Most Handy Tools for Google Docs

If any platform can bring cloud computing to web-based documents with real-time collaboration, it could be Google Docs.

Without a doubt, Google Docs is a powerful tool that giving you the flexibility to be productive from your desk, at office, or even when you’re offline. This amazing free cloud tool has helped middle-sized companies move forward successfully while keeping costs to a minimum.

Today we’re going to show you 20 most handy tools for Google Docs to enhance your user experience with this fantastic tool. Details next!

Free Tools

  1. GDocBackup (Free)

    GDocBackup is simple utility to backup (export) all your documents from Google Docs™ to local disk. It’s open source freeware.

    GDocBackup Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

    GDocBackup Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  2. GDocsUploader (Free)

    GDocsUploader is a little utility to help you upload documents to Google Docs. Once you’ve logged in, uploading is as simple as dragging and dropping files onto the GDocsUploader icon.

    GDocsUploader Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

    GDocsUploader Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  3. OpenOffice.org2GoogleDocs (Free)

    OpenOffice.org2GoogleDocs (OOo2GD) is a plugin to OpenOffice.org/StarOffice (should work also with other Offices derived from OpenOffice.org) which will let you export and import your documents, spreadsheets and presentations to and from Google Docs.

    OpenOffice.org2GoogleDocs Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

    OpenOffice.org2GoogleDocs Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  4. gDocsBar (Free)

    gDocsBar is a sidebar extension for firefox, a perfect companion for Google® Docs. With gDocsBar, you can drag and drop multiple files into the sidebar to upload documents.

    gDocsBar Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

    gDocsBar Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  5. Open IT Online (Free)

    Open IT Online (Firefox add-on) allows you to open documents and images online without the need of any software to be installed. It supports Google Docs, Zoho, View Docs Online, Vuzit to edit/view documents and Snipshot, Pixlr, Sumo Paint, etc. to edit/view images.

    Open IT Online Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  6. Send to Google Docs (Free)

    Send to Google Docs (Firefox add-on) lets you view web documents in Google Docs without requiring any desktop software. It supports PDF, Microsoft Office and Open Office formats.

    Send to Google Docs Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  7. Gladinet Cloud Desktop (GCD) (Free)

    Gladinet Cloud Desktop (GCD) can mount web storage as local folders, including Google Docs. Users can access their web files in Windows Explorer. It delivers Web applications to desktop.

    Gladinet Cloud Desktop (GCD) Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

    Gladinet Cloud Desktop (GCD) Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  8. Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office (Free)

    Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office brings collaborative multi-person editing to the familiar Microsoft® Office experience. You can share, backup and simultaneously edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint® and Excel® documents with colleagues.

    Google Cloud Connect Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

    Google Cloud Connect Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  9. Google Docs Gadget (Free)

    Google Docs Gadget for Google Desktop which allows you to search and open your Google documents right from your desktop, including drag-and-drop uploading for documents.

    Google Docs Gadget Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  10. Google Docs Android App (Free)

    Create, edit, upload and share your documents with the Google Docs app. Edits to your documents appear to collaborators in seconds.

    Google Docs Android App Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  11. iGoSyncDocs (Free)

    iGoSyncDocs is a desktop application(Swing based) that offers an easy way to access and synchronize files to Google Docs across multiple computers.

    iGoSyncDocs Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  12. iGoogleBar (Free)

    iGoogleBar is a Firefox extension that adds Google Apps favicons to the Google Apps Bar, using them as triggers for the Apps’ respective iGoogle Gadgets.

    iGoogleBar Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  13. gPDF (Free)

    gPDF is a handy tool to view online PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, RTF, Open Document format (ODT, ODS, ODP), CSV, SXW, SXC and SXI files. It sets links to these file formats to open with Google Docs Viewer and Zoho Viewer.

    gPDF Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

Paid Tools

  1. GDocsDrive ($19.00)

    GDocsDrive is a powerful desktop client tool for Google Docs, which makes Google Docs truly become a Google Drive (GDrive) on your desktop by enabling you to upload your files and folders with just a single drag and drop.

    GDocsDrive Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

    GDocsDrive Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  2. Syncplicity (Free – $45/month)

    Syncplicity delivers powerful, easy to use file management in the cloud. Syncplicity automatically syncs your files across all your computers, backs up your data, and makes sharing files and collaborating easier than ever before.

    Syncplicity  Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

    Syncplicity  Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  3. OffiSync (Free – $30 per user)

    OffiSync brings together the productivity of Microsoft Office and the innovation of Google’s cloud collaboration platform. The result is a seamless experience that lets you move right from document creation to real-time collaboration and sharing.

    OffiSync Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

    OffiSync Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  4. Memeo Connect ($9 per year per account)

    Memeo Connect™ for Google Apps is a service that empowers Google Docs. It allows users to upload, sync, edit and share any document on Google Docs, even when you are offline. Memeo utilizes a feature called Memeo GDrive™ which allows you to access these files anytime and from anywhere.

    Memeo Connect Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

    Memeo Connect Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  5. GDocsOpen ($9 for 1 year license)

    GDocsOpen allows you to double-click to upload & edit your local document in Google Docs and automatically synchronizes your online changes when closed.

    GDocsOpen Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

    GDocsOpen Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  6. GoDocs for iPad/iPhone ($4.99)

    The Ultimate solution for Google Docs™ in iPhone and iPad.

    GoDocs for iPad/iPhone Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

  7. Google Docs Backup ($10)

    Back up your Google Docs with ease — for a single user or an entire Google domain. Save a backup of files to ensure you’ll always be able to access critical documents.

    Google Docs Backup Must-Have Tools for Google Docs

Updates

  • Google Apps Script – Google Apps Script is a JavaScript cloud scripting language that provides easy ways to automate tasks across Google products and third party services.
  • Box.net – A popular online storage service, added an option that allows its users to create and edit documents and spreadsheets using Google Docs, but without leaving Box.net.
  • GoDropBox – GoDropBox adds “drop box” functionality to Google Docs, once installed you can securely receive files from users directly to your Google Docs account. Free trial for up to 100 users each allocated 50MB of free data usage.
  • Cyberduck – Open source FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Cloud Files, Google Docs & Amazon S3 Browser for Mac & Windows.

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