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Insync 1.2 was released today, bringing a new HTML5 UI along with improvements such as an ignore list, improved nested selective sync and more.

Insync 1.2 Ubuntu

For those not familiar with Insync, this is an unofficial Google Drive client which "extends Drive's web functionality to your desktop by integrating tightly with Windows, Mac and Linux so you can get work done". The application is not free: it costs $20 per Google account (one-time fee), along with plans for 3 Google accounts and for business.

Insync features optional Google Docs conversion, selective sync, desktop notifications, proxy support, multiple accounts, option to share files via file manager, support for external and network drives, recent changes feed and more. It's also worth mentioning that on Linux, Insync integrates with most file managers: Nautilus, Nemo, Caja, Thunar and Dolphin.

Insync 1.2 Ubuntu
Insync Nautilus integration

Changes in Insync 1.2:
  • new HTML5 UI;
  • added an ignore list which can be used to disallow uploads or downloads based on file extensions;
  • Insync now shows nested folders in one view making it easier to selectively (un)sync deep directories;
  • conversion to both Microsoft Office and OpenDocument is now available on all platforms;
  • "Recent changes" has been renamed to "Feed" and now includes a "how long ago" timestamp;
  • syncing progress has an updated UI and can be seen in real-time;
  • various other improvements and bug fixes.

Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:

Insync 1.2 Ubuntu

Insync 1.2 Ubuntu

Insync 1.2 Ubuntu

Now that Insync uses a MEGAsync-like UI, the functionality was moved from the indicator to this new UI. As a result, the Insync 1.2 indicator has only two items: one which allows you to open your Google Drive folder and another one for opening the Insync app window (and of course, it continues to indicate the sync status):

Insync 1.2 Ubuntu

Also, with the latest Insync 1.2, the price has increased from $15 to $20. However, Insync 1.2 is a free upgrade for existing customers. Existing Pro and Business customers can add new accounts at the same price they started with.

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Download Insync (available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux: Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Arch Linux, Raspberry Pi CentOS/RHEL as well as portable binaries)

Note that after installing the Insync package, the app will try to detect your desktop environment and offer to install a file manager extension. However, you can install any of the available Insync file manager extensions manually (for Nemo, the extension is called "insync-nemo", for Nautilus: "insync-nautilus" and so on).