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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs System 10.7
iCloud's 'Documents in the Cloud' doesn't let you do much except upload iWork files for use with iOS devices. To use those documents on another Mac, you have to download the file using the iCloud web interface.

Poking around in the ~/Library folder, you can find a 'Mobile Documents' folder that is used for syncing iWork documents. But it turns out you are not limited to iWork files if you just want to sync between Macs (i.e. no iOS use).

If you are using iCloud and have the 'Documents & Data' option selected in the preference pane, you can navigate to ~/Library/Mobile Documents. Depending on whether or not you've used iWork and synced documents to iCloud, you may or may not find folders there for each of the iWork applications (e.g. com~apple~numbers).

This doesn't really matter. What is of use is that any files put into the ~/Library/Mobile Documents folder will automatically upload to iCloud and push to any other Mac you have that is signed in to the same iCloud account and has the 'Document & Data' iCloud preference checked. Lion even notifies you of version conflicts and allows you to resolve them when you open the document.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one, not using iCloud and all. This sounds like a pretty useful hint, but also tells me iCloud is still a work in progress.]
[Dan Miller adds: Ted Landau wrote about this trick in his Bug & Fixes column on macworld.com last week, and he noted then that there are some risks associated with it: There is a possibility that you'll lose files/folders placed in ~/Library/Mobile Documents. So proceed at your own risk.]
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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: dfjdejulio on Nov 02, '11 07:48:00AM
Holy frijoles... this interacts very nicely with the new iCloud support in GoodReader. In essence, I can use it just like Dropbox now. Anything I put in the folder on any device (including my phone and iPad, via GoodReader) shows up in that folder on any device.

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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: robogobo on Nov 07, '11 01:20:48AM

That's the best news I've heard all day.



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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: gracels on Nov 02, '11 09:26:10AM

I have enabled Documents and Data in Preferences, and I can see my user Library, but I can't find the Mobile Documents folder.



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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: ars on Nov 02, '11 10:02:40AM

This would be great if it worked as described, but it doesn't for me. I have iCloud enabled on two Macs and put a file in the ~/Library/Mobile Documents folder of one of my Macs and it did not show up on the other Mac (I assume it will show up in the same folder). I also tried with putting a copy of the same file on both Macs in this folder and then changing one of the files. The change did not get synced to the other Mac. When I look on the iCloud webpage for my account I can't see the file either. Maybe one needs to have one of the iWork apps for this to work? (I have none.)



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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: CHM on Nov 02, '11 12:42:27PM

It definitely doesn't show up in the iCloud webpage, but the syncing between Macs should work. Did you check to make sure you have "Documents & Data" checked under the iCloud preferences on both Macs? I do have iWork installed, so if it's not working for you, maybe that is a requirement.



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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: ars on Nov 02, '11 05:08:27PM

I did check the Documents and Data checkbox of both Macs, so maybe one does need to have one of the iWorks apps for the hint to work. I might buy one of them just to have the syncing capability. Maybe someone else can confirm our theory before I spend my money.

Edited on Nov 02, '11 05:27:10PM by ars



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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: zacht on Nov 02, '11 08:35:36PM
Before investing money, you might want to try Dropbox for file syncing between Macs. It's free (additional storage for a fee), offers "automatic" syncing via background app, offers a web interface (handy for accessing your files from other computers), and works pretty well in my personal experience.

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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: xplora on Nov 03, '11 12:03:26PM

Hmm, since you bring up Dropbox, I'd like to point out a couple of things, first, what about SugarSync, Box.net, and even Microsofts SkyDrive, and others, then there is the space they start with, 2 Gig for Dropbox, 5 for iCloud/SugarSync/Box.net/SkyDrive.



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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: zacht on Nov 03, '11 11:11:07PM

Thanks for the tips! I hadn't heard of those other services. I'll check em out.



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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: fruttolo on Dec 19, '11 09:39:52AM

Has anyone tried this app for Mac (EasyCloud), which manages the files directly from your Mac icloud?
EasyCloud



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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: MikeMIkeyMike on Nov 02, '11 01:32:31PM

It worked for me.
The folder already existed and had some iOS files in it.



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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: rombaldi on Nov 02, '11 05:15:22PM

It works for meľ both ways with a folder of pictures, then some files. I ran Pages first and 'Signed in' under the 'Share' menu. I'm not sure if this is the key.

It works through an alias folder on the desktop also.



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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: mix20 on Nov 02, '11 09:23:49PM

This worked for me. I have GoodReader on my iPhone and when I copy files into the "~/Library/Mobile Documents/JFJWWP64QD~com~goodiware~GoodReader/Documents" folder, they show up on the iPhone in GoodReader in its iCloud folder.



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10.7: Use iCloud to automatically sync files across Macs
Authored by: zcott on Nov 03, '11 08:24:00AM

This seems to work for Pages documents, but for some reason, documents in Mobile Documents/com~apple~Numbers/Documents only show up as folders and not clickable files. In the folder there's nothing of any importance, yet somehow the documents are stored there...?



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