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Google is giving users of
Docs, its online application suite, the ability to download a number of documents simultaneously.
Google said the
Convert, Zip, and Download feature was a joint effort between the Google Docs engineering team and
Google’s Data Liberation Front—a small team of engineers that aims to make it easy for users to transfer their personal data in and out of Google’s services.
The feature lets you convert Google Docs into a format of your choice (MS Office, Open Office, PDF, and so on) and download them as a zip file.
“No longer do you have to download each document individually, which can take a lot of time if you have hundreds of documents like I do! All you need to do is select the relevant Docs, click on ‘Export’ from the ‘More Actions’ menu and download them in one go,” wrote Brian Fitzpatrick, engineering manager of the Data Liberation Front, on the official Google blog.
Fitzpatrick added that, “We strongly believe that users—not products—should control their data, and should be able to quickly and easily take that data out of any product without a hassle. We’ve already liberated more than half of our products, and are working hard to address the remaining challenges.”