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What's the point of iCloud

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  • Sam Martin Calculating status...
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    Jan 23, 2012 10:23 PM (in response to leappod)

    iCloud is a service that programs can opt to support. iWork is not and will not be the only software that supports it, and you’re not under any obligation to only buy software that does. If you only use one computer, there’s really no reason to worry about iCloud, since it’s all about syncing.

  • Sam Martin Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Jan 23, 2012 10:27 PM (in response to Alan Brunettin)
  • bkitchin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 23, 2012 11:19 PM (in response to Carolyn Samit)

    You said:  "If you update a document on your Mac, it would automatically update the same document on an iOS device and vice versa." 


    That would be nice and is actually the reason for my involvement in this discussion to begin with.


    With iWork applications (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), updating a doc on my Mac WILL NOT update it on iOS devices without many other steps.  Similarly, updating on an iOS device WILL NOT update it on the Mac.


    On the Mac, if you change a document, you need to either:


    A)  Share it and it will be copied to  Then you need to download it from iWork and UPLOADED it to iCloud.  Then it will be available on your iOS devices.  For iOS updates, you do the approximate reverse of this process.  It will also be available on iWork for other Mac systems you own.


    B)  Upload the document manually with your browser to iCloud to make it available to the iOS devices.


    This is why I maintain the marketing people and, unfortunately, including Mr. Jobs, lied to us last spring about iCloud.  iWork applications for Mac are NOT part of iCloud.


    You could store your files on Dropbox or similar services and they would be available to iOS.  However, they are available on iOS only as read only.  Updating them is a pain as they will be versioned with numeric text appended to the file name for each version.


    You can (until either June or when you turn on iCloud), use iDisk which is properly designed to provide sharing of a file system between the Mac and the iWork applications on iOS.  But it is being removed from Apple. 


    Good luck

  • Sam Martin Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Jan 23, 2012 11:25 PM (in response to bkitchin)

    bkitchin wrote:


    iWork applications for Mac are NOT part of iCloud.

    Yet. I have no doubt it’s coming.

  • musicspirit Level 2 Level 2 (495 points)
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:36 AM (in response to Alan Brunettin)

    Alan Brunettin wrote:


    WHat's bugging me now is that I want to just deactivate it and whenever I try to I get a warning that anything I've uploaded to iCloud will be deleted from my HARDDRIVE and left in the cloud; available to me when I sign on again. What on earth is THAT about? Why don't the iCloud files get deleted and left untouched on my computer's drive? It makes no sense.

    Thanks Alan for this very useful warning - I have just acquired an iPhone4S and by instinct  refused to connect to iCloud.


    My main computer is still a MBPro on OSX10.8.6


    It would be really helpful if one of the advanced boffins on the Forum could describe the simplest way to move documents between an iPhone and Desktop..


    just move them - not update them.

  • karenjk Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 3, 2012 9:27 AM (in response to Sam Martin)

    This solved my question.

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