I really hesitated before posting this, as I did not want it to come across as another "I don't like Apple's new iCloud file management theory" complaint, as the whole thing has become dreadfully ubiquitous. Don't get me wrong. I think the new system is very forward-looking, but I've run into some problems. Thus, I've delved into the foray. I'll provide some brief background and then get to my technical question.
I've managed to move all my documents to iCloud that can be moved to iCloud: Pages, Numbers, PDFs and other junk that can be viewed in Preview, and even all my Pixelmator projects. It was all in the cloud.
However, I recently began a graduate program, and as I started to create and save various files for my classes, I found the iCloud file management system to have a serious shortcoming: it is not possible to organize my files by class or project. For instance, if any of the documents for my History 602 class is of a different file type than the others (as is the case for all of my classes), the iCloud system forces me to separate them by application, thus preventing me from keeping all my History 602 docuemnts in the same place. Yikes! This seems very counterintuitive.
My solution: The new Notes app in ML. Once I realized I could attach files to notes, things suddenly seemed to make sense again. I put my syllabus at the top, and had all my assignments, handouts, readings, and other documents attached to a note labeled with the course title, and even included some brief descriptions and other reminders in the notes. It was awesome. I had iCloud sysncing abiltiies, and I also had all the files organized by class and accesible in one place (plus I could take notes alongside the attached files, which was really helpful).
Then, after a few days, things went south. My documents were suddenly disappearing from my notes! Notes were not syncing properly between devices (Mac Pro, Air, and iPhone), which is to say the note would not appear, would not update, or I would end up with multiple copies of the same note on some devices. The iPhone appears totally incapable at this point of opening files attached to notes. The whole things seems schizophrenic. I've spent hours today trying to recover my files and the relevant notes I had taken in the Notes app.
So... my question: Was I way off in my expectations of the Notes app, or are these just small bugs that will be worked out over time? It seems to me that if Apple made the Notes app so that it would accomodate attached files, that they should sync without issues, but that certainly has not been my experience. Am I using the app in a way it ought not be used, or is there something potentially wrong with my system that is making my Notes app unreliable? Any thoughts or help offered is much appreciated.