I have a lot of anxiety about the way iCloud stores documents. The information from Apple is unclear. All I know is that documents will be stored in the app itself. That's fine if you only have dozen or so documents, but I have about 2,500 Pages documents, arranged in a clear and easy-to-use hierarchy of folders. I used SugarSync to keep the files and folders identical on all devices. So I have these questions:
Will iCloud give me the alternative of storing files in the file system, where they are easy to find?
If I choose not to use iCloud, will Pages continue to save documents in the file system? If it won't, I have to abandon Pages.
Will iCloud automatically import all the Pages documents from the file system into Pages? If so, will it move the files or create duplicates?
If there are duplicates, how will I know which copy of a file I'm opening?
How will I be able to find and delete duplicates? With 2,500 files, it isn't going to be easy or obvious if it's a manual procedure.
Will iCloud recreate the way I have organized my 2,500 files in the file hierarchy?
Will iCloud put my 2,500 files in one place and force me to reorganize them through a grueling manual process dragging them on top of each other one by one?
Will iCloud allow me to have only one level of folders, as in the iPad version of Pages, LaunchPad, and the first Macintosh? There's a reason why Apple abandoned a flat filing system on the Macintosh in the 1980s; that reason is still valid today.
What does iCloud do if a Pages file requires files of a different type, such as JPEG files, or needs to be stored in the same place as files of a different type, such as the Word, Pages, and plain text version of a resume?
If iCloud destroys the way I've organized my files, what happens if two files with different content in different parts of the file hierarchy have the same name?
Obviously I can't use iCloud for documents until I know the answers to these questions, or I risk a huge mess.