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How do I tell Pages to save/retrieve to/from iCloud?

6087 Views 43 Replies Latest reply: Nov 1, 2011 7:43 AM by KJ W RSS
  • disconnekt Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)

    Retired, unfortunately it seems the "Mac and PCs too" refers to the ability to access documents on, where apparently you can upload and download the docs that are synced between your iOS devices.


    Like others who have posted above, I can't see how this workflow is going to be useful to many people. Working with Pages and Numbers is, I daresy, done mostly on desktop computers. Having access to documents from an iPad or iPhone is useful when one is away from home, for sure, but Apple has made the mistake of leaving desktops out of the loop in the new iWork syncing scheme.


    When I create or edit a Pages document on my Mac, I would like to have it synced across all my devices. Period. And vice versa, of course. The way Apple has implemented it, though, is pretty much 100% useless for me. Such a shame, as I had high hopes for this feature.

  • Retired In Sarasota Calculating status...

    That is certainly one possible interpretation of Steve's words.  To borrow a phrase, it depends on what the definition of "it" is.  But in the context of the presentation, I suggest that most of the people hearing/seeing that presentation believed that OSX-based documents would play in iCloud just like iOS-based documents.  At the very least, the presentation was misleading.  It's also possible that the original intent turned out to be too hard to do (different file formats perhaps?).  Since Apple seems unwilling to openly discuss such things, we're left with no option but to wonder.  But it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.  Unfortunately, this plus the bigger picture of iCloud roll-out difficulties makes this all start to look like another example of how Steve described the MobilMe implementation: "Not our finest hour".

    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Joel Kaplan Calculating status...

    It appears I just got snookered into spending 10 bucks to buy Pages and can't get my money back.  I mean I can't create any document on my Macbook and it appears I can't upload any documents I already have in existence in Word format, PDF format or any other format, up to the cloud for storage.  There is something that gives me a very bad feeling with the introduction of this Icloud service and it inability to bring documents and other items into the cloud (as Evernote permits you to do) and the death of Mr. Jobs.  All seems like a bad omen.  I would like to know if I have any way of getting my $9.99 back for something that I can't use at all.  HELP

  • mauijiminar Level 4 Level 4 (1,605 points)

    here is how up upload doctuments to i cloud


    go to and sign in


    click on iwork


    on the far left of the page is a circle, click on that and it will give you an option to upload a document.


    find it on your mac, upload and then it ill go to all ios devices

  • Fabini Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

    ? No circle.

  • Switchbitch Calculating status...

    Disappointment also here in Belgium.  I was expecting the same thing.  Create a Numbers of Pages document on my iMac, and automatically have it on my Macbook or iPad as well.  This should automatically sync in all directions.  That's the whole point.  I've just bought both Numbers and Pages for my iPad, but it's useless now.  Hope Apple will upgrade this soon.  Back to Dropbox for now.  Or to iDisk.

    Wonder if Steve would have released it like this....

  • Wilfred Hildonen Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 11:04 AM (in response to Fabini)

    Well, not a circle but a cog wheel and it is in the upper right corner as I see it. You have the iCloud-icon to the left and the cog wheel to the right. Click on it and the option to upload appears. You can also just drag and drop supported files there, simple text (no rtf), iWork-docs and word...


    And iWork-documents must be created (or re-saved) with iWork 09.


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  • Fabini Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

    ahh – the cog wheel on the right, yes ... thank you.

  • mauijiminar Level 4 Level 4 (1,605 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 11:06 AM (in response to Fabini)

    Like a wheel?  Do you not have that on yours on the top right of the page?

  • Fabini Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

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    Actually, no. The cog is not there.

  • nathannookie Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 11:43 AM (in response to Alfonso)

    Add me to the "Let Down" group. I really expected more from Apple. I thought it would sync like mail does, where you'd at least have a sync'ed folder that you could simple save it to... like Drop Box.


    SO THE BIG QUESTION IS.... what is the 'Documents and Data' checkbox in the iCloud prefs window actually do?

  • skeelo221 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 2:46 PM (in response to Fabini)

    Fabini wrote:


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    Actually, no. The cog is not there.


    Do you have Pages installed on your iOS device?  If not you are presented with the splash screen to install the app on your iOS device.


    And yes, add me to the list this is lame.  To put the focus on iOS syncronization of WORK documents seems very strange.  The focus should have been between Macs and iOS devices and then god forbid even PC's!  Their Mac/PC commercials even said it, PC's are for dilberts who love spreadsheets!

  • Pres Nevins Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)

    SO THE BIG QUESTION IS.... what is the 'Documents and Data' checkbox in the iCloud prefs window actually do?


    ...uh... Hm, that's actually an excellent question. What does it do, if not this?

    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6), "Westmere" 12-core
  • Bookgal Calculating status...
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    Oct 14, 2011 7:44 PM (in response to Alfonso)

    Count me as majorly disappointed, too.  I update a dozen spreadsheets a day on my mac and just assumed they would now flow automatically to iCloud and then to my iPad and iPhone.  The current drag and drop system isn't any better than the old method of adding them to iTunes, then syncing.

  • Joel Kaplan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, actually, the round circle was in the upper right corner but never mind.  I was SO happy and I was able in fact to up load a document BUT, once the upload process was complete, clicking on the document or double clicking, the document did not open so what is that all about.  ALSO, I tried to upload a document in PDF format and I was informed by a pop up that the upload would not happen because the ONLY formats supported are Pages, Word and text.  BUMMER.  So at least does anyone know how I open a word document (doc or docx) once I've uploaded it into the cloud?  I'm really trying to give this a chance.  And by the way, is there someway to create folders in the Iworks up there?  Thank you so much for your assistance.


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