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Edit, work on & save your Google Docs via Nautilus, no browser needed!

Ever wanted to mount your Google Docs library as a drive in Nautilus so you can edit and save to your Google Docs directly from your desktop, no browser-needed?

Everyone’s favorite tea-drinker Martin Owens has created an app that does just that, making him officially my favourite person of the month. Well, almost.

I can’t actually try it out as it only works on Lucid but my imagination appreciates it anyway!

Install 
You’ll need to add the following PPA: -

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:doctormo/ppa 
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gdocs-mount-gtk

Use
Once installed head over the Applications > Accessories > Google Docs Connection menu entry.

You’ll be prompted to enter your Google Account credentials and, once done, the drive will auto-magically mount in Nautilus allowing you access to all of your Google Documents.

You can now open them up in any relevant desktop application – finish off your C.V. in OpenOffice Writer, polish that presentation off using Impress and then number crunch your spreadsheet in Gnumeric – it’s up to you. All saved changes sync back to Google Docs for hassle free work.

Video of it all in action sat below, courtesy of the might Owens himself.