iCloud does not have a general open file storage facility like MobileMe's iDisk, or Dropbox etc.
You can only access documents stored in iCloud from within the app that created them.
So, for instance, documents saved to iCloud from within Keynote, Pages & Numbers are available only from within Keynote, Pages & Numbers running on another Mac or iOS device.
Documents saved to iCloud from within TextEdit are only available from within TextEdit running on another Mac (there's no way to load them on an iOS devices yet).
Files saved to iCloud from within Preview are only available from within Preview running on another Mac.
I just found an rtf I accidently saved to iCloud instead the folder on my desktop to which I had planned to save it. I opened Finder, clicked All My Documents and entered one word I knew would be in the document (it was an interview subject's first name). That brought it up. I tried it again to see if I coudl find another file I lost the same way, and sure enough, there it was.
So no preview for iPhone or iBooks for MacBook then, huh??
I want to read PDFs (long tech manuals and such) on multiple devices. It would be nice if each knew what page you left off on like my other readers...
So right now I guess I have to save them on each device? I am using iBooks on my iPhone and preview on my MacBook air to read PDF files.
iCloud is getting easier to use. It does a LOT of collecting when it should not, however, I can find some items and some items, I cannot use on every device, multiple devices and a limit of 2 and sometimes 3 activated devices allowed... It's January 2013 and I've installed many Apps on iPhone/iPad and windows OS, iCloud is yet to be seamless, it will be. For me, I'd be assisted, greatly, when Microsoft, Adobe and Apple join together and co-exist, that way, I can use iCloud.
So far I don't know of a way to access these files from iOS but you can access them online 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
Ha! This worked:
The solution that worked for me is at this link.
Make sure Documents and Data is selected in Icloud preferences.
Next, open the Finder window and hit Command + Shift + G. A dialogue box will open and inside. Type ~/Library. This will let you into your hidden Library Folder.
Once you are inside, scroll down the Mobile Documents. Open the one that says: com~apple~TextEdit
Viola! There are your documents! You can read them, whatever.
This is on my Macbook. Here's a little series of screen shots:
This actually shows up by default once I open Finder and hit Command+Shift+G
I hit enter here, then I get my library, which is the only way I know to access that library; it doesn't even show as a greyed out folder in my Home in Finder.
Here's what I see next:
The folder at the bottom there, com~apple~TextEdit, that's got all your text files.
I am sick of iCloud and all this Apple approach for doing stuff.
I have documents saved in iCloud from an iPad app (Brother iPrint&Scan).
I can see they are there in the app and in the icloud storage management.
I cannot retrieve them from the app and by any other way I know of.
I do not have a Mac. I work on a PC.
What can I do?
Why do they make these things so **** complicated?
iTunes is already a pain, now this?