Posted in Technicalon Apr 22, 2008

A while ago, I found myself needing to upload many document files into Google Docs. I saw that Google had a new API for doing such, so I decided to write a quick little app for the Mac to do just that. Just drag and drop documents onto the icon, and away their uploaded.

I had never written any sort of real Mac application, so I just kind of glued something together out of Python, applescript, and a couple of helper apps. I threw the source up at Google Project Hosting, which has been good, because otherwise I would have been supporting the thousands of downloads.

Recently, my little droplet app became more famous. It was featured on as a featured Mac Download. My favorite line from their post was, “Gdocsuploader is still new and a bit unpolished.” I think it should be considered more than just a bit unpolished. They should have said, “this thing might work, and is about as unpolished as lava rock.”

There have been a multitude of other posts about my little project:

Thanks to everyone who wrote something nice about it.


Richard K Miller

April 22nd, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Congrats, Jacob. I just saw this posted on today.

Nicola D'Agostino

April 22nd, 2008 at 4:00 pm

I’d likt to point out that Gdocsuploader works under Tiger. I just tried it on my Powerbook, still running 10.4.8 and altough after the upload it gave me an error message, when I checked Google Docs the document was there with all content and formatting pristine.



April 22nd, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Hey, no problem man. We believe in giving credit where it’s due. You’ve wrote a great piece of Mac software!

Thanks for stopping by!


April 23rd, 2008 at 2:36 am

Thanks for putting this together. During the past week I was wishing there was a better/faster way to upload files to Google Docs. This came along at a particularly opportune time for me.


April 23rd, 2008 at 6:14 am

Very useful tool, must say. And it’s coming in right time. I have written about it in Russian community
Thank you, Jacob!


April 23rd, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Hello Jacob! It was me who tipped off your app to LifeHacker & TUAW 🙂 Thank you very much for this cool little app.


April 25th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Nice work Jacob, especially for just ‘throwing it together’ – seeing this, I got an idea that it would be nice to automagically take your attachments in and copy them to Gdocs. – either a rule or a script that would upload the attachment that you just received into your Google Docs (assuming it was a doc, xls, ppt, etc. – I was going to write a little applescript to send the attachment to Gdocsuploader, but Gdocs isn’t scriptable 🙁 or I’m too stupid to figure it out.

Jacob’s Technical Blog » GDocsUploader 1.2 released

May 6th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

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