Monday, October 11, 2010

Manage your Google Docs account and sync folders with Busy Docs

Busy Docs is a software that is designed to help people organize documents on their computer and on the network. Users can quickly find important files on network servers, apply labels, and drag and drop them into the right folders. Additionally, Busy Docs can connect to a user’s Google Docs account and automatically sync the contents of any folders to the cloud.

Busy Docs runs as a server on the installed computer and is accessible from both the local machine as well as from any machine on the local network. To do that one simply needs to point the web browser to the IP address of the computer, on port 9039. This opens a dashboard through which users are able to manage, search, tag and sync their documents right from their browsers.


To start using Busy Docs you have to first add folders that you want to share over the network or sync to Google Docs. The next step will be to connect to your Google Docs account. After the connection is established, you can click on the ‘Browse Documents’ link to view the contents of both your Google Docs account as well as the shared folders.

Uploading files to your Google Docs account is just a matter or dragging a document from the local folder and dropping it to a folder in Google Docs. Downloading documents from Google Docs works the same way. Further, there is a ‘Sync Documents’ link on your dashboard that lets you quickly sync documents between the local folders and the remote locations.


Configuration and customization options in Busy Docs is non existent. The server program monitors at a specific port number (9039) and there is no way to change that. There is not even a decent way to shutdown the server, other then end-tasking it from the Task Manager.

To make matter worse, there are no permission or restrictions settings whatsoever. This can be a huge privacy risk for those users who have their machines connected to a network but do not want to share folders with other users. In such situations, proper firewall rules is the only way to keep intruders out.

On standalone machines, however, this poses no risk as Busy Docs cannot be accessed from the Internet.

Busy Docs is free for home use.


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