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  • bobbyv3333 Level 1 (0 points)

    I discovered, by accedent that it is how you log in that determines which screen you get. I have both a and a address. I don't know why or how, but that is not the issue here. Both came from years of paying for mobile me(and .mac before that). I thought that the two were interchangeable, but they are not. If I log into with I get the advertising screen, but if I log with I get the proper screen where I can drag and drop files. I get mail addressed to either in my icloud mailbox however.

  • Sjazbec Level 4 (1,670 points)

    Catsman wrote:




    All I want to do (and I assumed I could) is write a document on my Macbook. When I go out or get a good idea while doing something else,  edit it the same document on my iPad and return to working on it at home on the Macbook.



    Not as Apple wants us to do it , the way to do is this :


    1. You open pages on your Mac 10.7.2 Mac, edit your document, save it to wherever you do on the Mac.


    2. You fire up Safari, visit and login. Then click on the "iwork" section. Now drag and drop your local document ( format : pages , doc , docx ) and drop it to the open browser.


    3. Now it will appear on your iPad ( provided it has iOS5 and pages 1.5 on it and is set to use icloud )


    4. After closing the document on your iPad the changes are synced to


    5. In order to open the changed document on your Mac, you need again go via safari to, iwork section, pages and can then download your file from on the road to your Download folder on OSX.


    6. Open pages on the Mac, File -> Open -> Document in Download Folder.


    7. Now you must remember that this file exists on your Mac in two versions : the newer one in the Downloads Folder and the original that you initially have drag and dropped on



    All this is because icloud-documents is ONLY syncing iOS, never to OSX.

  • skizzinegliokki Level 1 (5 points)

    Well thanks much, if I have to save it and log in into icloud and look for the iwork folder and drag and drop and then go back again and take it out and look for the older version of the document and delete it... I'll just keep using my dropbox then!

  • dave_a Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for this bit of advice - although it is not a perfect solution it is certainly very helpful because at least it ensures that a Document created in Pages on a Mac does open directly in the Pages App on an iOS 5 device.

  • dougsymon Level 1 (0 points)

    Agreed. It's worse than Dropbox and what's even more ridiculous: it is worse than using iDisk!


    Big big mistake from Apple. They just have to make sure advanced features in mac pages are not edited/removed in iOS pages. Seems as mentioned there is already a solution available for this so it is a must to implement in my opinion.


    Are apple really going to fail twice with cloud computing? Maybe third time lucky ;). Afterall failing is a good thing.


    Something strikingly missing from their cloud solution so far is collaboration. The clouds in the sky are certainly pointing to google!

  • Christopher Mckinney Level 1 (5 points)

    Unfortunately, Apple has proved yet again that it just doesn't get the cloud.  The current iwork on the Website solution is a joke. How can they not at the very least give us a sync folder on the computer (aka Dropbox) that syncs automatically to iCloud. 


    Appled pitched a solution that you wouldn't have to think about - just close your laptop and open your iPad and, bingo, there is your file. 


    They failed to deliver.  Very disappointed.

  • Sjazbec Level 4 (1,670 points)

    dave_a wrote:


    .. at least it ensures that a Document created in Pages on a Mac does open directly in the Pages App on an iOS 5 device.

    It will . But fonts might be replaced and comments removed, formatting might be off here and there. Pages iOS and Pages OSX are not 100% compatible, but in general it works, yes. Same for Microsoft Office 2008 and 2011 , the basic document with embedded cliparts/pictures is the same on iOS, but sometimes a blank page is where it should not be, drop shadows and advanced effects however survive the transfer..

  • Sjazbec Level 4 (1,670 points)
    They failed to deliver.  Very disappointed.


    Yes. Me, too.


    Some folks here even think I make jokes when I explain how to get Mac docs to the cloud.. so "intuitive" is it !

  • cromulence Level 1 (5 points)

    It seems the docs do sync to the Mac, just not anywhere useful - ~/Library/Mobile Documents/{app}/Documents


    Addendum - also in a useless format. If you edit the sheet(for instance) on an iDevice, it's no longer in a proper iWork format.

  • beaufenner Level 1 (0 points)

    I assumed that iCloud would be pretty much like DropBox except with the added bonuses of contacts/calendar/email/photo syncing and the legitimizer service (i.e., iTunes Match).


    In terms of document storage, DropBox seems to be superior in pretty much every way. No file type restrictions, automatic syncing and excellent OS integration. I'm really puzzled by Apple this time - surely somebody there must have known that it was inferior to DropBox in terms of document management. At the very least they should add an iCloud folder to all iCloud-enabled Macs and devices - I don't see how it would cause them any drama.

  • dieterfromdowney Level 1 (0 points)

    Keep in mind that Apple has been working on developing Lion 7.2 and iOS 5.0 for quite a while. iWork's for MAC is the 2009 edition with some additions but obviously they are working on a new release for the MAC, at least I hope so. The iPad version of iWork's is pretty darn good, I use Pages and Numbers every day. For now, even though I'm not happy about it, I can live with the manual syncing process of using the website to upload and download documents to sync with my iPad. Hopefully the day will come when whatever I do on my MAC in the office is automatically synced to my iMac at home and to my iPad. Then I'll be happy.  I think Apple took on a lot with releasing the operating systems  updates and icloud at the same time, but once the smoke settles we'll all realize how great this stuff really is.

  • Sapphire2011 Level 1 (0 points)

    I too am very dissapointed this doesn't work - I bought my iPad only today mainly because I thought I could work on and sync my numbers and pages documents. I am sooo dissapointed - please apple fix this and very soon. please please please!

  • mlaurenceimac Level 1 (0 points)

    I would like to agree with you optimistic viewpoint Dieter, and hope that in the near future we'll see iWork '12 that resolves the situation.  However, that this was not thought out in advance does make one wonder if Apple is trying to encourage (force) us into a world of solely iOS.

  • um who am i? Level 1 (0 points)

    I really cant believe this isnt going to be resolved. Its a step backwards from Mobile Me if it isnt but I am sure it will be because in the iCloud system preferences on the mac, there is a tick box for documents in the Sky. It must be there for a reason.

  • holgerfromwettstetten Level 1 (0 points)

    i´m also totally disapointet...

    i buyed the ipad to work with dokuments...

    so far so good, i have to buy numbers and Pages... 15 € ... ok

    but then i can´t use a WORKING system?   *huuuuuuuu*?

    - Pages 1.5 is breaking down every 30 minutes of use... 


    - icloud is not beta, its alpha....


    the funktions are SO limited that its USELESS

    and them pages and numbers have no ability to save on Dropbox?

    and nooooooooooowwww?


    i buy such an expensive tablet, buy an INHOUSE Office and canz use it...

    i´m so dissapointed...

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