Google Drive for Mac/PC: Selective Syncing

Google Drive for Mac/PC is a desktop application that allows you to sync the contents of your Google Drive in the cloud to a folder stored locally on your Mac/PC. This service provides several important services:

  • Manage files and folders from your Desktop as well as via the web interface.
  • Offline access to your Google Apps files.
  • A backup of your non-Google files (e.g. iWork, SMART Notebook, Photoshop), but without having to download the files to your computer every time you want to work on them.

However, while Google Drive can hold terabytes of data your computer’s hard drive may not. That is why Google has updated their app to allow users to selectively sync folders and subfolders. When you choose to remove a folder from syncing, it and its contents will be removed from the local folder stored on your hard drive (thereby freeing up valuable disk space) but will still be accessible via the Google Drive web interface.

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In addition, if you choose to delete a Google Drive file from your Desktop that has been shared, Drive will give you a “heads up” that this action may cause those users to lose  shared access.

For more information, check out their post on the Google Drive Blog.

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HowTo – Share Permissions in Google Drive App

One of the key services that Google Drive provides is the ability to share artifacts with other users and determine what kind of access they have to the item. The selling point for the Google Drive app is two-fold: 1-have a local copy of all of the artifacts stored in the ‘My Drive’ area of your Google Drive account that sync changes automatically, and 2-quickly edit artifacts that are not currently supported by the Drive viewer in the cloud (e.g. Numbers spreadsheet, SMART Notebook, Photoshop project). Now, Google has taken these two separate services and brought them together.

This tutorial will show how to access the share permissions for an artifact in Google Drive from the Google Drive App on your Mac or Windows computer.


  • To learn more about share permissions in Google Drive, click here.
  • To learn more about the Google Drive App for Mac/PC, click here.
  • To download the Google Drive App, click here.

HowTo – Backup Stickies

This tutorial will show how to backup the information in the Stickies app. on your Apple desktop or laptop. The process is basically the same for any Apple computer, except that the ease with which one locates the Stickies Database file is dependent on what Operating System (OS) your computer is running. We will cover both possible scenarios in this tutorial.

 

Apple Tip: Slider Cell

Apple Tip: Slider Cell

As part of the State of Maine’s 1-to-1 laptop initiative (MLTI), the Project Office has enlisted a team of integrators to provide training and tips to teachers and students across the state to help them be more efficient users of their Apple laptops. Called MLTI Minute, these training podcasts cover topics across different applications, utilities, and web tools.

In a recent episode, MLTI Minute highlighted an interesting tool when working with a data table found within the application Numbers. Called Slider Cells, this tool essentially allows you to take a plain old data table and turn it into an interactive tool. In the podcast, they use the example of a data table made to calculate the interest payment on a principal loan. The podcast shows you how to activate the slider cell tool and configure it based on the type of data you are working with.

Curiosity got the better of me at this point, and I wanted to see if this new interactive tool would allow me to manipulate a chart/graph based on the data in the table. I created two charts to represent the changes made to the rate and the resulting interest amount. When I used the cell slider to manipulate the rate, both charts adjusted to reflect the changing data. I now had a truly interactive tool that I could control and change with the click of my mouse.

Click here to watch the podcast (3:36)

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How-To Tech Tip: The Pleasantville Effect

This screencast will show you how to create a “Pleasantville Effect” (a.k.a. sin city effect) on an image. We will use the application Acorn that comes pre-installed as part of the MLTI image, although you can achieve the same effect using similar photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop.

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