GDocsUploader 1.4 released

Posted in Technicalon Sep 1, 2009

While still in college, I wrote my first Mac OS X program to upload documents to Google Docs. The program is called GDocsUploader, and it supports drag-and-drop uploading of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, photos, and PDF files.

Today, almost 9 months since my last release, I am happy to release an updated version of the program. The new updated version will allow users to upload PDF documents, a very much requested feature.

You can download the new version from the Google Code project site.

I had been doing everything I could to get Google to add PDF uploading capabilities to their API. I even submitted an official issue, which generated 73 comments and 136 stars, making it “the most requested feature.” Last Friday, Google finally responded by releasing version 3.0 of their API which supported PDF uploading.

The entire development of this project happens in my free time, on an old iBook G4. Unfortunately, because the latest version of OS X will not run on this old laptop, I cannot ensure that the app works on Snow Leopard, nor can I fix it if it doesn’t. I’ll probably think about creating a cross-platform version of the app which would run on Windows, Mac, or Linux through Adobe Air, providing greater platform stability.

If you would like to send me a monetary thank you gift for developing this, please consider donating through paypal.



September 2nd, 2009 at 8:35 am

You are linking to all your google docs? I’m not sure how I feel about sharing our budget with the entire world.

But nice work on the updated uploader!


September 2nd, 2009 at 8:37 am

never mind about that last comment…I see now that it was just plopping me into my own documents because I am signed into google. Whew…my concerns are alleviated. I shouldn’t jump to conclusions so quickly. 🙂


September 2nd, 2009 at 9:20 pm

It works fine in Snow Leopard.


September 3rd, 2009 at 9:17 am

Yeah but @Bruce, I don’t have any ability to run Snow Leopard, so I can’t provide official support. And seeing as I work for an Apple competitor, I’m not sure that I’ll be getting a new Apple any time soon.


September 26th, 2009 at 1:26 pm


how can I change the gmail account – and when I use it now the docs ARE NOT visible in my docs @google ???



September 26th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

@Luffemann – You can change the account information by using your OS X Keychain Access application.

I’ll be making this much easier in the next version.


November 18th, 2009 at 4:33 am

Great little app 😀 However what I really want to do is send a file from the save box to Google Docs as a the moment I have to save to desktop then drag and drop or use a web browser. Direct integration with the OS X save dialogue would be perfect.


January 25th, 2010 at 9:28 am

Uploading all file types (as per Google Docs recent update) coming soon?


January 26th, 2010 at 9:48 am

@Nate – Google’s API currently only allows any-file-uploads to premier (paid) accounts, so that functionality won’t be supported until Google further opens their APIs.


January 28th, 2010 at 6:10 am

hopes for this APIs….


January 28th, 2010 at 9:27 am

@dimitris – Looks like they may have removed the restriction, but it’ll could be a few days to a few weeks before I release an uploader.

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