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Simple Docs: Make Google Docs your default application for documents in Ubuntu

So school is back along with writing labs and reports... so here's a quick app to make it easy to open documents, spreadsheets, and powerpoints in Google Docs directly from your desktop without needing to upload them.

Introducing Simple Docs

1. It should be in the Ubuntu App Center soon (once approved). Until then, add the PPA to your system. Open a terminal (ctrl-alt-t) and type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:frmdstryr/simple-docs

2. Next install simple-docs

sudo apt-get install simple-docs

3. Configure simple-docs (set it as the default application)

simple-docs --configure

4. Finally, find a document and it will open in Google Docs!



  1. doesn't work... get ImportError: No module named application.server when running --configure. Any ideas?

    1. Is that the full traceback? Also what distro are you using? Thanks!

  2. Exactly the same problem with me. Ubuntu 12.04, gnome desktop.
    The full traceback:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "/usr/bin/simple-docs", line 43, in
    import simple_docs
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/simple_docs/", line 54, in
    from simple_docs_lib import set_up_logging, preferences, get_version
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/simple_docs_lib/", line 21, in
    from . preferences import preferences
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/simple_docs_lib/", line 19, in
    from desktopcouch.records.server import CouchDatabase
    File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.7/desktopcouch/records/", line 9, in
    from desktopcouch.application.server import *
    ImportError: No module named application.server

    I would appreciate any help.

  3. I have the same issue. Running LXDE desktop on 12.04 installed from minimal system.


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