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OffiSync Combines Google Doc Features with MS Office

If you like the convenience of easily sharing documents with Google Docs and also love the powerful functionality of Microsoft Office you can now have the best of both worlds.  Today we look at the OffiSync Beta plug-in that brings the power of Google to your MS Office Documents.

The installation is silent so there won’t be a typical install wizard but you will get a progress screen.

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A few moments will pass before it is installed fully  and when it is you will see Registration Succeeded.  Just wait until you see it before opening any Office app.

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Now when you open up an Office application just click on the OffiSync (Beta) tab to get the full list of features.

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You can also access everything from hitting the Office Button and scrolling to OffiSync. 

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To start using the features you will be prompted to sign into your Google account.

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While you’re writing up a document you can search for information on the net with Google using the search bar.  A browser window opens up and from here you can easily clip and paste data into your document.

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There is also an image search so you can insert cool and interesting images (sometimes cooler than Office Clip Art) into a document for affect.  Also notice you can narrow down image search results based on the type of license the image may have to help avoid logos that may have copy write protection.

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After you make modifications to a document, send an email to the other collaborators.

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When you email announcing a document to other collaborators they get the following message with a download link to OffiSync.

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Click on the OffiSync icon in the Start menu to disconnect or verify you’re connected.

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Remember this is still in beta so there are still a few kinks that need to be worked out.  One thing we noticed is that it can slow down MS Office startup time while it connects.  OffiSync works with MS Office 2003 and 2007 with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. 

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Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 07/23/09

Comments (4)

  1. Tony

    I had to try this. I like it so far. Even just for the quick access to images but more for the ability to grab from Google Docs. Just wish Google Docs would be consistently formatted when downloaded to local drives. That’s a Google Docs issue, though, not a problem with this add-on.

    I did get some suspect webpage the first time I use it. Didn’t get that the second time. Not exhaustive enough to determine if it was the add-on or the website I accessed via the search. So for now, I’m going to keep playing with it.

  2. Max

    OffiSynch is very neat but there seems to be no way to put it to sleep when one doesn’t need it – as one can do by Disabling Firefox Add-ons for example. And I can’t find a way to uninstall it should I want to do so. I hate feeling I’ve a monkey sitting on my shoulder which I can do nothing about. Any solutions? Thank you

  3. Tim

    I never really used the capability and when I tried to install another Word Add-on it kept launching OffiSync, even after I uninstalled it through Programs and Features in Windows 7. As of now I’m not very impressed with this Beta…

  4. Nefarious

    Just to let people know this works on Office 2010 Beta but you probably knew that already. lol

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