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viruz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How can I upload pdf documents to icloud?

Mac OS X (10.7.1), icloud
  • marcioveiga Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Yes you can!


    You have to buy the iWork for iOS!

    Then you can view and edit documents on the iCloud service.



  • jeffshields Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can upload a pages files into pdf file but I did not find the way to put a PDF on the cloud...

  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,700 points)

    "iCloud makes it easy to move Pages, Keynote, and Numbers documents between your computer and your iOS devices. Just sign in to in any modern web browser, and all your iWork for iOS documents will be there"


    iCloud is not like Dropbox - you can't upload any old file you want.  Just set up a free Dropbox account and use Goodreader to view and copy PDF files on an iDevice.

  • LuluPearl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Don't you find this a bit frustrating? Yes, you can use Dropbox, but the iDisk was so easy!! And, all the hype about uploading your Microsoft Office and PDF documents to the iCloud/iWork website is all there, but NO INSTRUCTIONS! Apple should be shamed.

  • Vegasjon Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    YES!! I loved iDisk- didn't matter as to file types or anything. iCloud is rediculous unless you're using Apple's applications to save your docs. What a useless cloud technology. Its great for iTunes I guess, but for business and school I would rather use Google Docs or something else besides iCloud.

  • cpj357 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    I have been frustrated by this too, but I believe that third-party developers will soon take up the slack and make iCloud into a much more flexible and full-featured solution.  I also suspect that Apple will add more features and possibly a new version of iDisk, or something similar to it, before iDisk goes away next June.


    As a good example of third-party developers coming to the table with solutions, the latest version of the iOS app GoodReader has been updated to use the iCloud sync features. You can open, store, and edit PDF files and they'll automatically sync with GoodReader on all other devices. Documents are stored in iCloud and will also sync with any Mac that is setup to sync with iCloud. The Mac will automatically have a folder where you can open synced files or add new files from your Mac. details of how to do this are in the GoodReader help files.


    Note: I have no affiliation with GoodReader other than as a happy customer.

  • Vegasjon Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I agree! The third- party developers are already advertising for certain apps to be iCloud capable, so I think it's just a matter of time.

  • jeffshields Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Did you try to move that folder to your desktop? Can you rename the folder without make everything crash?

  • cpj357 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)



    You can't move it or it won't work.  In fact, the folder is inside the Library folder, which is invisible (at least on OS X Lion).  But I installed a shortcut on my desktop by opening the library folder and Command-Option-Dragging the Mobile Documents folder to my desktop.


    The invisible Library folder can be accessed by going opening a new Finder window and clicking on "Finder/Go/Go to Folder..." in the Finder window


    Then type in "~/Library" (without the quotes) and click "Go"


    Then find the Mobile Documents folder in the Library folder.  That folder will have a number of folders for any iCloud apps, including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.  I would not mess with those unless you are certain Apple allows it.  But GoodReader Help files say that you can add or change things in their folder, which looks like "RANdomCRAP~com~goodiware~GoodReader".


    I think that the reason the Mobile Documents folder is in the invisible Library folder is that Apple expects that most developers for the iOS platform will have corresponding OS X apps that access that folder for you.


    Let me know if you have any questions. 


    Good Luck, Chris

  • rydix Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you are trying to share files between an iOS device and a Mac, Documents in the Cloud is the way to go.  And everything said here is true.  However, if you want to share files between two Macs using iCloud, Back to My Mac is the feature to use.  Just as long as you are signed into iCloud using the same Apple ID on both Macs, you are able to remotely access each computers folders, files, etc. from the other.  Back to My Mac also enables screen sharing. 


    Do the following on both Macs (each Mac must have most Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2):


    1. System Preferences > Sharing > Check File Sharing & Screen Sharing

    2. System Preferences > iCloud > Sign in using same Apple ID & Password

    3. System Preferences > iCloud > Check Back To My Mac

    4. Open Finder Window > Click on the Mac you want to access on the Sidebar under "Shared"

    5. In Finder, click "Connect As"

    6. Enter the user name and password of the computer you are trying to access


    And voila, you can access ALL of that user's files — .pdfs and all!

  • markfromcedar falls Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I found the easiest way to upload PDF files is to either:

    1. Load them into iBooks in iTunes, or
    2. Email the file to yourself, then check your email on your iDevice. Open the mail with the file, download the PDF and voila, it's on your iDevice.
  • kenfromflorence Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I use to drag and drop pdf files to idisk but there is no way to get a sinmple pdf file on iwork????

    Apple is going way back and forcing all to go to third party apps like dropbox. WHY ????????????

  • Grahammat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Seems it's not possible to upload a PDF to iCloud.


    The help page says PDF is a supported format, but when you try to do it (drag and drop a PDF to iCloud) it responds with the following:




    That's really dumb, because it forces me to use Dropbox to get a bus timetable from my Macbook onto my iPad, which means I will be buying Dropbox Pro again next year and not buying more iCloud storage instead (even though I don't much like the way Dropbox works iPad).



  • mrbill66 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I use Windows and signed up for a Live ID...then put the SkyDrive app on the ipad and on the desktop.  Now you can drafg and drop files to Windows version of the Cloud called SkyDrive.  And the new version coming soon is even better and has 25 Gb of storage FREE.  Word files, pdf, any file.

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