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Harmon.ie for Google Docs

By Mainsoft Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Sep 6, 2010

Google Docs untethers business users, and Microsoft Outlook anchors the business world; when they meet, they make harmony. Or, more precisely, Harmonie makes them: it's a free add-in from Mainsoft that brings easy access to your Google Docs from inside Outlook. You can edit, export, organize, star, hide, share, and search for documents from Outlook, and drag documents directly into the Harmonie for Google Docs sidebar to automatically upload them to your free Google Docs account. You can even share documents with selected contacts in your Outlook and Gmail address books, and recipients can view and edit the documents using their own Google Docs account. It replaces attachments with links for improved speed, flexibility, and accessibility.

When you first open Outlook after installing Harmonie, you're prompted to sign in to Google Docs. A wizard walks you through the process of configuring your account with Outlook, and there's a link on the sign-in dialog that you can click to quickly create a new account, if you need to. The sidebar is a simple, neat affair; it's just an icon-based toolbar, address bar, and document list, but it packs a lot into a small space. After signing in, our Google Docs appeared in the Harmonie window. Clicking on them opened them in Outlook's view, and any changes we saved were saved online, just as claimed. We sent some Google Docs links to a spare e-mail address; when we clicked to open the documents, we were prompted to create a Google Docs account to view them. Adding files to Google Docs by dragging them into Harmonie is pretty cool, but we especially appreciate the software's ability to save Google Docs in other formats, including Office formats and several image types.

Nearly everyone can find a use for Google Docs, and many users rely on Outlook every day. Combining the two improves each; quick access to your Google Docs directly from Outlook saves time, whereas Google Docs add capabilities to Outlook. With Harmonie for Google Docs, it's a win-win situation.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2

Version 1.2 adds Microsoft Outlook 2010 support.

General

Release June 23, 2010
Date Added June 23, 2010
Version 1.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements Outlook 2007, Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, Windows SharePoint Services (WSS 3.0)

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Developer's Description

Free software for Microsoft Outlook makes Google Docs easy-to-use, with full-featured access to your Google documents. Locate, share, and work on Google documents quickly and easily, directly from an Outlook sidebar. Drag documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and PDF files to the Harmon.ie sidebar to upload them to Google Docs. Drag Google document links to an e-mail message, and Harmon.ie will automatically share the documents with selected recipients from your Outlook and Gmail address books as you send the message. Recipients can view and edit the documents on Google Docs using a free Google account.

Work on Google documents from Outlook: organize documents in folders; or star, rename, or hide them. Open and edit documents in Outlook, and export the documents into various popular file formats. Search your entire collection of Google documents from the Harmon.ie search bar, and locate documents using views, folders, sorting, and starred documents.