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How do you access Preview documents on iCloud?

68652 Views 99 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2014 6:44 AM by TWC@Penang RSS
  • HassanG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think this is still under testing from Apple, this reminds me of Notes and reminders which were not in iCloud online version initially and were in the "beta/developer" part of icloud untill the official final release. I guess soon we'll see something simillar to iDisk added to iCloud, just when they make it perfect! or when a new iOS version is released.

  • Owen McKenzie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In the mean time .. Great Work Around

  • danielfromherisau Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 4:39 AM (in response to Owen McKenzie)

    Other workaround I use a lot is the icloud folder which Goodreader for iOS offers (and even better, this folder is also on the mac). I placed a shortcut of it on my desktop (you can find the folder here: User/Library/Mobile Documents/.........~com~goodiware~GoodReader). This offers me even an OSX folder-structure (folder in folder...) in iCloud and supports all file-formats. It's really easy by just drag and drop the files I need in there and ...voilà... it's all accessable on my iOS devices.

  • mbonthenet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is the most annoying thing ever by Apple. No wonder their stock is tanking. I have all my uploaded documents in iCloud and the only way to retrieve them is to BUY more apps from Apple. I also love the way they warn you that if you delete iCloud access, your documents stored on your computer will also be deleted. This had been a nightmare for three weeks and I am way behind at work as I upgraded to Mountain Lion only to find that half my work applications are not supported any longer.  Having owned Macs since the late 1980s, I am sorely disappointed in their lack of consumer support for their loyal fans. Just bought a Windows laptop so I at least have a computer that doesn't rob me blind and cost me time, thanks for the user friendly functionality. Seriously????

  • japheth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 9:36 AM (in response to HassanG)

    Wow Apple has this for developers and all that $$... Why not make this work for consumers already?! This has gone nowhere from the days of

  • BGoldthwaite Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 28, 2013 12:30 PM (in response to pvonk)

    You have to download the Pages app on all mobile devices (it's a $9.99 app). This will access your iCloud Docs

  • MacMed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 28, 2013 12:37 PM (in response to BGoldthwaite)

    Including PDF's?

  • Mike Stitzer Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Feb 28, 2013 5:21 PM (in response to BGoldthwaite)

    This is incorrect.


    Pages on iOS is walled off like any other app. You can see things created in iOS Pages and OS X Pages, including any Pages-generated PDFs. But those Pages-generated PDFs won't appear in Preview in OS X, and Preview-generated and Preview-stored PDFs won't appear in Pages for OS X or iOS.


    Unfortunately, until and unless Apple changes things in iOS 7/OS X 10.9 we're stuck with the workaround of hacking your ~/Library/Mobile Documents/ folders to shift things around between apps or get PDFs into something with an iOS equivalent.

  • aditi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you attach a pdf file to a iCal event on the mac, you can read the pdf on iOS when looking at the event. I was looking at using iCal as a journal/notebook. Not sure if this was mentioned earlier.

  • jjPhone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 5:22 AM (in response to aditi)

    Nice one Aditi, its working for me. but looking forward to cloud editing for making notes on iOS and them apprearing on my Mac.

  • Frazao Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    iCloud doesn't work as a hard drive. It's an application-driven storage area. Only the application that writes can reads in its area. Unfortunately Apple didn't release iOs versions for TextEdit and Preview applications yet.

    However you can share PDF files with your iOs devices and read them using the iBook app. It is easy to do.

    You have just to drag your PDF files to PDFs session of Books Tab at iTunes v.11.0.2 application and then sync it to your iOs devices. iTunes will convert your PDF in order to look like an eBook.

  • ig.kuzm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    To solve this problem you may bind Documents folder from "Preview" to Documents folder from program "Documents" or "GoodReader".


    1. install macfuse

    2. install macports

    3. install bindfs (port install bindfs)

    4. mount folder (bindfs ~/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~Preview/Documents ~/Library/Mobile Documents/your_program/Documents)

  • DJChad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 5, 2013 4:59 PM (in response to ig.kuzm)

    If you go to the iCloud page and navigate to "Documents in the Cloud", you will see a tab for Preview and TextEdit.  Under the caption it references seeing files on multiple Macs.  It does not reference Mac and Mobile Devices. 



    So it would appear it is by design that you cant access these from your mobile deivce.  It would be great if it was.  My scenario was trying to install Windows 7 via Bootcamp.  Instead of printing instructions I would use once, I thought I would save to the cloud and pull up on my iPad to follow along. 


    My work around was just to email the instructional PDF to myself and open it on my iPad into iBooks.  The funny thing is Preview is already present on iOS.  Whenever you open a document in iOS from your email, the staging ground is the iOS version of Preview.  From there you get the option to open in another capatible application installed on your iOS mobile device.  So it looks like the feedback/enhancement to Apple would be to make Preview an accessible app from the home screen and just a feature other apps can load within themselves.  Then allow it to access files in the iCloud from Macs. 

  • Lodgestreet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 13, 2013 4:44 PM (in response to mbonthenet)

    I feel the same. Over 20 years using Apple products and now I'm on the verge of jumping ship ... well at least for my mobile needs.


    And now as I think back, it has never been smooth sailing. I would just overlook any problems and keep spinning the usual Apple rhetoric.


    I'm sorry but iCloud/Apple ID/iTunes is a debarcle. Then there's the Final Cut Pro disaster. And the OSX Server dumb-down. And talking of dumb-downs, what about the Airport Utility? Oh yeah, hiding the Library and no "Save As..." in OSX 10.8(ML).


    Being able to access something as basic as PDFs from the Preview app on IOS is a no-brainer.


    I want my Apple Computers back ... not Apple Inc.

  • daniel1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree, iCloud is dinky


    The work around is to save PDFs in Dropbox rather than iCloud.  When you open then on your computer they still open in Preview.  You then open them them on the iPhone/oPad using Dropbox; it has a built-in PDF reader.


    It is pretty pathetic that Apple has not provided a Preview application on the mobile devices. Apple should really be sitting up and listening when people have to seek 3rd party workarounds for what are realy core functions.


    The other advantage Dropbox has is that it actually allows you to create a folder structure.

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