Tuesday, October 15, 2013

More on Cloud Storage: Insync

As a follow-up to my last post on cloud storage, I've been testing a new service called Insync. If you use Google Drive--and there are some very good reasons to--Insync definitely deserves a look.

Like many of these services, it comes in several versions: "Plus", "Pro", and "Business". The Plus version will set you back $10 (once only), and includes these features:

  • Multiple account support and syncing. If you have more than one Google account, you can handle them all with Insync. No logging out of one account to log in with a different one. (You'll have to pay another $10 for each Google account you add.) 
  • Simple sharing. Just right-click on any file in your Insync folder and you can immediately email a link, or create a public link, to the file. 
  • Convert Google docs to Microsoft Office format with offline access. No need to be online to work with your documents. And any changes you make get synced back to your Google drive. 
  • Watch and sync any folder. Unlike Dropbox and standard Google Drive, you aren't limited to syncing a single folder. You can add any folder or file to the list of things to sync to the cloud, including items on external disk drives. 
  • Multi-platform support. Insync is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, plus Android and Windows Phone. An iOS app for iPhone/iPad is under development but no release date has been given (iOS users can access Google Drive files with Google's own iOS app, or third-party apps like FileExplorer.) 

The "Pro" option costs $10 per year for up to three Google accounts, and includes free software upgrades. It adds a "dashboard" for easy account management and storage statistics. The "Business" version is $10 per year per Google account, and adds a package of features designed for organizations with multiple users.

Insync adds a number of useful and convenient features to your Google account. A 15-day free trial is available so you can take it for a spin.


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