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How do you access Preview documents on iCloud?

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  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,670 points)

    I suspect you have to wait for ios 6.

  • dougi83 Calculating status...
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    Aug 7, 2012 11:56 PM (in response to pvonk)

    OK it was just for a try with a PDF file. I will wait for iOS 6 and i will continue with Dropbox.

  • john_calvano Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 8, 2012 5:34 PM (in response to dougi83)

    What's even more odd is the fact that you cannot view/access Preview docs via your www.icloud.com account. Preview is not even amongst the Mail/Calendar/Contacts/iWork options.

  • Owen McKenzie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 11, 2012 4:32 AM (in response to john_calvano)

    A possible way round it ...for now until one in line with iCloud principles may appear - hopefully.. import pdf into iTunes, via File->Add To Library, iTunes will identify pdf as content for iBooks and it will appear under Books in iTunes folder ready for you to sync with iOS device as normal. Alas its not the icloud ideal..

  • jvasiliadis Calculating status...

    Hi,

     

    I do similar as Owen but I save a copy of the PDF to the folder "Automatically Add to iTunes" (in the iTunes library). Then iTunes does all the import work by itself.

     

    No, it is not iCloud ideal but it works fine, though it only syncs from one mac

  • Bruno Vieira Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 27, 2012 12:41 PM (in response to jvasiliadis)

    "it is not iCloud ideal"    ??!?     It's NOT iCloud at all!!!

     

    Please, if anyone find an 'iCloud' workarroud for the mess Apple has done let us know!!

    btw, if there are any developers here, this is a great chance to make some serious buck selling an app that would work as Preview for mac on iOS devices, enabling us all to actually see our preview documents on the go... at least I would buy it.... just a tip... ^_~

  • Mike Stitzer Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Aug 27, 2012 2:16 PM (in response to Bruno Vieira)

    Bruno Vieira wrote:

     

    work as Preview for mac on iOS devices, enabling us all to actually see our preview documents on the go... at least I would buy it.... just a tip... ^_~

     

    Bruno, that's the problem with Documents in the Cloud as currently implemented by Apple. Preview saves files iCloud files to a "~/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~Preview/Documents" folder. No other apps are allowed to access those files. So no iOS developer save Apple can do what you're asking.

     

    The only way of getting PDFs from a Mac to iOS via iCloud is for Apple to release a Preview app for iOS or for one to use some other developer's app for both Mac and iOS that allows for Documents in the Cloud and supports PDFs. Even using another app on the Mac won't allow Preview to see those documents directly. You'll have to remember which other app you have the PDF saved in and then "Share" it with Preview (the Apple-supported method) or go into above-mentioned Mobile Documents folder and chose to open in Preview (not Apple-supported, and potentially disabled by Mountain Lion's sandboxing features).

     

    What Apple's done with Documents in the Cloud is move swiftly away from the Finder/iDisk/Dropbox paradigm we are all used to as computer users, and force the Mac to hew to the "one app-one document" model used in iOS. I have no idea what's coming in iOS 6, but from the public previews Apple's given I have no thought this will change soon.

     

    Hopefully in the future Documents in the Cloud for both OS X and iOS will relax a little and allow for documents to be opened by any app that can read the file's data type. But for now we're left with a lot of interactions that don't make sense (for example, try to create an email on either OS X 10.8 or iOS 5 with mutiple Documents in the Cloud attachments with different document types). But that won't happen unless we tell Apple: http://www.apple.com/feedback/icloud.html

  • Michael Teel Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 9:26 PM (in response to pvonk)

    I'm running iOS6 (beta seed) and there is no Preview app nor can I find a way to access Preview documents stored in the cloud. I guess it only good for sharing between OS X devices at this point.

  • FelipeV Level 5 Level 5 (4,340 points)

    My guess is that "Documents in the Cloud" both on TextEdit and Previews is not fully implented yet with iOS. Only the Mountain Lion "side" of the equation has been implemented. I say this because in Safari 6 "Tabs in the Cloud" is present but not yet on IOS. I guess we will have to wait until iOS 6 for Docs in Cloud to become fully functional.

     

    On the iOS 6 preview page there is an a picture of an "app" icon named Documents in the cloud..so I am assuming this is where we will be able to access text edit and preview documets stored on iCloud.

  • FelipeV Level 5 Level 5 (4,340 points)
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    Sep 5, 2012 10:58 AM (in response to Michael Teel)

    The beta doesn't necessarily contain final features. In fact some current features may be dropped and others added by the time the final release comes out.

  • Mike Stitzer Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Sep 5, 2012 6:11 PM (in response to FelipeV)

    FelipeV wrote:

     

    My guess is that "Documents in the Cloud" both on TextEdit and Previews is not fully implented yet with iOS. Only the Mountain Lion "side" of the equation has been implemented. I say this because in Safari 6 "Tabs in the Cloud" is present but not yet on IOS. I guess we will have to wait until iOS 6 for Docs in Cloud to become fully functional.

     

    On the iOS 6 preview page there is an a picture of an "app" icon named Documents in the cloud..so I am assuming this is where we will be able to access text edit and preview documets stored on iCloud.

     

    I would love to be proved wrong, but unless Apple changes the fundamental security processes I mentioned above, there is no way what you're talking about can work on a technical level right now. Every app's documents on iOS and OS X are sandboxed, so unless there is a matching app on iOS there is no way to share those documents between the two platforms.

     

    We'll know soon enough next week!

  • misstarnia Calculating status...
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    Sep 28, 2012 4:20 AM (in response to Mike Stitzer)

    Hi All,

     

    I found this on YouT and it works...

     

    http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd6KYGJPS28

  • Bruno Vieira Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 7:18 AM (in response to misstarnia)

    Obviously you didn't read or didn't understand the discussion... What we are trying to do is to open Preview (mac) documents stored in iCloud on iOS devices!...

  • Stefano Stramigioli Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 3, 2012 2:25 AM (in response to Robert450)

    Same here: it is really unbeliavable! PDF via Icloud should be the functionality n.1! I, and many other people use an Ipad not to write a lot, but to read a lot and this is REALLY, REALLY disappointing.....

  • philfromchicago Calculating status...

    I just downloaded Adobe Reader for iPhone hoping  it has support for opening PDFs stored in my iCloud account. Nope.

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