Google Docs: upload made easy

Last Thursday (January 24th) Google released a pretty useful tool that allows you to easily upload documents from your computer to your Google Docs account. The application is simple but it allows you to drag-and-drop files to upload or gives you the option of adding a ‘Send to Google Docs’ option on your right-click (a.k.a. the context menu) . My experiment with the drag-and-drop worked really well but I didn’t have the same luck with the right-click. I’m sure I’ll give it another go.

You’ve always been able to mass-upload documents via email but the size limits it imposed on uploads was really annoying.

One thing I didn’t care for was the fact that I had to be running the upload application in order for the right-click functionality to be present. I understand they wouldn’t be able to actually upload the file but allowing me the option and then sending them to Google Docs the next time I started the app would be more useful for me.  I’m running a lot of software everyday for work so I like to trim the fat wherever possible.  Here’s a screenshot for all you visual people.

Google Docs Uploader

All-in-all I think it’s a pretty good tool and if you read the API documentation (link below) I think you’ll find that there are a lot of opportunities for further applications.  Besides the point I mentioned above, I’d like to see folder support.  I use Google Docs for collaboration and if I’m working on one specific topic I’d like the ability to upload an entire folder to the group.

You can get the application from Google here but it does require the .NET Framework 2.0. For you technical people out there you can also review the Google Documents API documentation for a little more information on what the protocol offers.

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