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  1. Kevin_T

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    Hi,
    I am searching for a neat solution to download files from google docs to my sdCard. My very favoured solution would be some dropbox-substitute, syncing a whole folder. But an easy way to download a single file would just be enough.

    Any ideas?

    Kevin
     

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    On my search I came across DocsPics, which isn't exactly what I was searching for, but the closest I could get.

    Still hoping someone would post the ultimate solution,
    Kevin
     
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    I don't know anything about app-programming and my java knowledge is quite rudimentary, but isn't it possible to create an upload/ download-app for all filetypes in google documents?
     
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    Perhaps this can help you? I've been using Dropbox for about 2 months now. This free app is so easy to use to copy things off the phone (iPhone, iPad, Droid, other Android devices) to your computer. It is very easy to understand and so far I have linked together my Droid X, my laptop (work) and my desktop (work & personal). "Linked" mean that data in one device's Dropbox will copy to the other linked devices or computers. It's really easy to install and understand.

    Simply create an account on your computer first by creating a screen name & password.
    [SIZE=-0]Then, download the app onto your smartphone and sign in with the screen name and password you created on your computer. Use this link to get the app for your phone: http://db.tt/jBbIKrs.[/SIZE][SIZE=-0] Do it on the computer FIRST. Anything and everything you "drag" or copy into Dropbox on your phone i.e. files, folders, documents, pictures, photos, songs will be copied into Dropbox on the computer(s) you link to your account to. It's a very simple and less time intensive alternative to copy pictures onto your computer from your phone - whether removing an SD card or sending pictures "into the cloud" to transfer, this is much faster. In your case you can save them to your SD card by following these steps:

    [/SIZE]1. Close Dropbox
    2. Put Dropbox Portable on your SD card
    3. Run Dropbox Portable
    4. Set Dropbox Portable folder to your SD card
    5. When done downloading, close Dropbox Portable
    6. Start your normal Dropbox


    Or click here for more: TipsAndTricks - Dropbox Wiki

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    [/SIZE]In time you'll discover how much space you need in Dropbox. Once you've gotten what you want onto your computer (ie they're in the dropbox folder & you can create and name all the folders you creater) they can be cut and copied from Dropbox into a separate folder you can create elsewhere in your computer or on the desktop and then copy the pics or documents to that folder.

    To start a 2GB account is free and for more than that these are the costs: 50GB is $9.99/month and 100GB is $19.99/month. Don't be intimidated by these monthly costs since you can simply move/cut pics/docs from the Dropbox folder & paste them into another folder, as I mentioned above, to keep your total storage under the free 2GB "limit". Here's the link again: http://db.tt/jBbIKrs. You'll see that Dropbox is a secure web site by the https in their web address and the "basic" (2GB of storage) account requires no credit card or financial info. FYI 1000 Megabytes (MB) = 1 Gigabyte (GB).

    I do not work for Dropbox nor am I selling anything, just sharing what someone else shared with me in April that I benefited from. ;)
     
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    I know dropbox and as I wrote in my first post I am searching for a substitute. The main reasons are:

    1. I am already using google docs and I don't see why I should store some of my documents at some different servers and spreading my cloud.

    2. Dropbox has some serious security issues and gets in the news nearly once a year because of loosing data or being hacked.

    Don't get me wrong. Lots and lots of people love dropbox for some good reasons, but in my opinion it is just because of their easy handling with a local folder being synced. So if someone would solve this for google docs than there would be no need for any android-user to use dropbox anymore.
     
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    Sorry, I didn't realize you are looking for a substitute to DB. I think the recent bad news was about the "Public Folder". I, too, am concerned about the data & info in whatever I send to DB.

    Two strategies I now follow: (1) Copy what needs to get to the computer from my Droid OUT OF DB asap and then delete that info from the DB folder. (2) I don't really know the purpose of a "public folder" unless that is to share things with social networks? Since I don't do that I am not too concerned about this "public folder" and I sure won't ever use it after reading about a possible security issue when using that folder.

    Google is constantly finding & creating ways to better their services and attract more customers. There's a reason why there are 250+ million shares being publically traded. With this in mind, perhaps it would be a good idea to email Google the dilemma you're up against and see if they can help you. Send them an email, whattaya got to lose?
     
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    Not only that.
    Dropbox 'deceived' users over security: Files are open to government searches | ZDNet
    Anything stored on Dropbox appears to be open to the US Government.

    Makes one wonder if content on Google Docs is accessible by the US Government as well? One thinks yes.
     

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