I am very excited to announce CloudPull, an app that will back up Google Docs to your Mac.
I enjoy using Google Docs, and many other cloud-based services. However, I am troubled by the fear of my data getting lost in the clouds. Online services typically have great backup strategies, but consider any of these possibilities:
- Your internet connection may fail at a time when you really need to access your data.
- An online service may shut down unexpectedly.
- An online service may suffer a long-term outage or data loss.
- Your account may be broken into by guessing or brute force attacking your password.
I would never store the only copy of a critical document on a single hard drive. The same applies to online services; I will not store the only copy of a document on an online service.
CloudPull runs as a Login Item and backs up your Google Docs automatically. CloudPull looks for new data to back up once per hour. CloudPull keeps backups of the current document revision as well as prior document revisions. In addition, CloudPull retains backups of documents after they are deleted from Google Docs.
CloudPull backs up word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations as Microsoft Office files. CloudPull also backs up drawings as PNG image files. Other files are backed up in their native formats.
CloudPull is available for purchase for $24.99 (US). CloudPull has a free 30-day trial period.