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How do you access Preview documents on iCloud?

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  • Mike Stitzer Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 10:33 PM (in response to WhoDaKat)

    I'm not saying iCloud as a whole is a failure for everyone. And even iCloud Documents can prove useful in some very basic use cases.

     

    I did personally just have my email aliases, Contacts, Photo Stream, and all iOS iCloud backups get corrupted on Apple's servers over the past 3 months, with about 1 month of data loss on all iOS devices due to the backup failures (I was restoring them at Apple's advice to fix the other iCloud problems). So it has been just about a total failure for me, and I say that as someone who never had an iTools/.Mac/MobileMe problem beyond the occasional email outage...

     

    But if you want more than the bare minimum in cloud document storage, I think most users will currently be better served by Dropbox or the like. At some point, usually when you least expect it, you're going to need one of those iCloud Document-based PDFs or RTF files while away from your Mac. You'll only have a PC or iOS device to try to get it. And you won't be able to do so if you're using iCloud Documents.

     

    Just my 2 cents.

  • i3dmaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 2, 2012 10:12 PM (in response to Mike Stitzer)

    I reported this as feature bug here:

    https://bugreport.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/RadarWeb.woa/18/wo/PpkZOJ3b60BtoX SlaPrygg/9.49

     

    Please keep it hot if you feel the pain of not being able to access your iCloud Docs anywhere everywhere via your iOS devices... Thanks!

  • Michael Teel Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 2:38 PM (in response to pvonk)

    We know but we also know that many users are Apple employees and how hard can it be to release a Preview version for iOS?

  • WhoDaKat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the link i3dmaster. 

     

    I reported it as well.  Everyone just has to keep reporting this!

  • GliTCH82 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 7, 2012 5:00 AM (in response to WhoDaKat)

    This is absolutely ridiculous.  I can't believe there's no way to access Preview documents on my iOS device using iCloud.  Pages doesn't support opening PDF files either so I can't open my PDF files with Pages and link them to iCloud.  Even worse, Pages on my iOS device doesn't have the fonts I have on my MacBook so I can't properly open the original documents on my iPhone and either email them or export them to PDF.

  • terry82 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Perhaps a rather crude work around, but I am traveling with my iPad for the first time tmr and needed access to a 62 page .pdf document.

     

    So I set up an email account (well actually used a dormant one) on the iPad and emailed the document.  Then by clicking on the attachment was offered to open it in iBooks.  Done...it is now on my iPad shelf!

     

    So I actually used THE cloud (via email) rather than iCloud...:)

     

    But so silly that Apple have missed this...

  • MacMed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This isn't a overlook.  It's a problem with bandwidth.  PDF's can be gigantic in size (2-3gb from what I own).  Currently there is no way for apple to make simple incremental backups on these files (like iWork). Therefore if a change is made it would have to upload (x)MB/GB to the cloud and then download (x) to all your iOS devices.  This would take forever in some cases (large files).  Since apple is more of an "it all works, or nothing" type company they probably chose to exclude this until they can figure out how to deal with pdf's.  

     

    I found this out bc I was using a 250MB pdf in Preview and couldn't figure out why my home internet was slow sometimes.  A UBD process kept working and I linked that to "iCoud".   It was constantly trying to sync my pdf file to my other computers hogging all bandwidth.  

     

    Same type syncing is done in dropbox except dropbox doesn't hog all the badwidth like iCloud does.  You can actually set dropbox bandwidth limits.

     

    Hope this helps someone....just my 2cents to the world. 

     

    Apologies if I don't have everything correct...

  • dbcnyc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 2:45 PM (in response to jvasiliadis)

    This is a clever way to deal with it, and good for you for figuring out a temporary solution, but as you say, it's hardly ideal. Surely most of the world isn't going to figure this one out; and every the most Mac-savvy users are occassionally going to slip up and forget to copy some documents to the "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder The only advantage I see to your solution is that the doc would be available on the phone without an Internet connection, as opposed to through iCloud (if it were possible).

     

    I agree with Mike Stitzer's comments below—the best thing to do is tell Apple that we see an unmet need. That's how things change: http://www.apple.com/feedback/icloud.html

  • HassanG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    While you are on icloud.com you can go to https://developer.icloud.com/ and click on documents, you'll be able to download any documents you saved to your icloud account even if you are not a registered developer

  • Bruno Vieira Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 7:32 AM (in response to HassanG)

    Brilliant!! Thank you for the tip HassanG!!

  • HassanG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 7:52 AM (in response to Bruno Vieira)

    We still need a way to access these files on iOS

  • Bruno Vieira Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 7:54 AM (in response to HassanG)

    True that... but it's a start...

  • Owen McKenzie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 8:01 AM (in response to HassanG)

    Don't believe this is applicable to iOS devices - https://developer.icloud.com/ 

    On these devices, via their browsers, your just directed  to the iCloud welcome page where your advised on setting up iCloud for your device and to install "Find My..." apps.

  • danielfromherisau Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 3:51 PM (in response to Owen McKenzie)

    You're right, but a different iOS browser (for example "Downloads HD" / in the settings choose "Identify Browser as": Firefox 10) lets you open https://developer.icloud.com/ without any problems and you even can download the files... then open in any app you want.

  • Stefano Stramigioli Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    This is a good tip, but it seems to me pretty strange that to solve a problem ICloud has we have to use a third party SW by tricking out the Apple server. This is not the way it should be, but the tip is great, thanX

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