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save to icloud and drive?

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Bruce Bridges Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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Oct 30, 2012 12:13 AM

Hi guys,

 

I just started using iworks and am a bit put off by the default use of iCloud.  I don't know if I'm just being dense here but it's a bit disconcerting.  When I save something, it defaults to iCloud.  Ok that would be fine but there is no mirroring with my drive as I understand it.  That means that if I don't have an internet connection, I can't access my documents right? 

 

So I was wondering if there is a setting to save a copy to both the local drive and icloud or if some sort of mirroring option is available.  It's not like my iWork docs are going to take up that much space on my drive. 

 

I just have no faith that icloud will always be running whenever I happen to need my documents.  Or that I will always be able to access the internet.  Or that the servers won't have some sort of crash and I'm stuck without a backup.  And as I understand it, Time Machine doesn't back up docs from iCloud. 

 

Am I missing something here?

 

If not, isn't this all a bit worrisome?  Are people really trusting critical documents to the whims of the internet?

 

Thanks!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 12:18 AM (in response to Bruce Bridges)

    You can do it, but it's difficult:

     

    1. Save your document in your hard drive and create a copy on another directory.

     

    2. Open the copied document in Pages, Keynote or Numbers, select the file name at the top of the window and press Move to iCloud.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,650 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 9:39 AM (in response to Bruce Bridges)

    That means that if I don't have an internet connection, I can't access my documents right?

    No, not at all. if you have no internet connection you can still use your iCloud documents, they just won't update to other devices until you do have a connection.

     

    Copying documents to your Mac from iCloud will likely cause confusion and not really help you, but if you wish to do this, just alt-drag a document in the iCloud window to your Mac to copy instead of move it.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,650 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 4:46 PM (in response to Bruce Bridges)

    Yes, a copy is kept on your hard drive, but it's hidden from the user by default.

  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,670 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 5:15 PM (in response to Bruce Bridges)

    ~/Library/Mobile Documents

     

    Note that Library in the user's home folder is now hidden, so you'll have to set Finder to view hidden files.

     

    The Mobile Documents folder has subfolder where copies of the doc/data files are stored.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,650 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 11:53 AM (in response to Bruce Bridges)

    You'll likely cause chaos if you fiddle with the documents in the hidden locations, that's why they are hidden. Just drag them from the iCloud folder in the application you are working with to wherever you want

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,650 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 5:35 PM (in response to Bruce Bridges)

    Sorry, I've just noticed you have OS X 10.7, you'll need to update to 10.8 if you want to add documents from the application, otherwise you'll need to use iCloud.com. You should still avoid using the hidden folders.

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