Goldenseal and Google Drive

We just had a couple of tech support calls with a new user who wanted to put their company file on Google Drive, and share it between two computers in the office and on a jobsite, without using a VPN.

For two Macs or two Windows machines, it probably will work if you do the following:

  1. Install the Goldenseal application (tree icon) on both computers.
  2. On your office computer, set up a Google Drive folder, and put your company file in it.  Double-click on the company file icon to open it.
  3. On your laptop computer, open the same Google Drive folder, and double-click on the company file icon to open it.
  4. Make changes on either computer.  Google Drive will synch the file.

WARNING: Google does a whole-file synch, which is not as safe as the record-locking system we use in the multi-user version. Data may be lost if two people work on the same record at the same time.  There is also some chance the file will become damaged, since we didn’t design it to be file-synched. This approach is experimental, so please use it at your own risk.

NOTE: it apparently is not possible to open the same file from both Mac and Windows, over Google Drive.  This is probably related to the different file systems they each use.  For cross-platform connections you’ll need to use the multi-user version, or swap the file locally.

If you do try this, please let us know how it works out!

Author: Dennis Kolva

Programming Director for Turtle Creek Software. Design & planning of accounting and estimating software.