Thursday, August 26, 2010

Google Docs Edit documents directly on Linux

One of advantages of Linux is that every now and then appear simple tools and solutions for problems you never knew you had. For example, editing a file in Google Docs: You can opt for direct publishing on web interface, which limits a little editing file, or use an offline editor (like gedit or OpenOffice) and then have all the work of export file saved to GDocs.

It is a matter of choice, but it would be interesting if we could access documents directly from Nautilus GDocs and can edit them in program of choice, with automatic upgrade to your account in Google Docs?

And that is exactly what gdocs-mount does. When installing program and enter your Google login, program creates a new "partition" on your Linux, which is nothing more than your Docs folder. Thus, you can create, delete and edit documents locally using OpenOffice or any other program you want.

Cool, but how does magic?

First, we must add a repository to apt and install a single package. If you are deathly afraid of terminal can use Synaptic, but believe me, is much simpler by terminal. Just type two commands below, stating root password when required:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:doctormo/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gdocs-mount-gtk

If you keep your system already installed, the whole process should take about two minutes. Once installed, go to menu Applications> Accessories> Google Docs Connection. The program will ask for your Google login:

Once completed, a new icon will appear on your desktop, showing that partition's mount was successful:

When you open folder, we have all files GDocs available:

Then just use like a normal system folder. When you save file - be it a text document, a presentation or a spreadsheet - program will automatically synchronize with Gocs. So, if you want, you can continue editing file normally on another computer.
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