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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Local copies of files you store on iCloud are stored in the Library > Mobile Documents folder in your home folder. (See this hint for more about accessing that folder.) This can be exploited to convert iCloud into a general-purpose storage and sharing resource.

This folder in your Library folder functions exactly like the Dropbox Folder on your Mac: anything stored in it will appear in the same folder on other Macs logged onto the same iCloud account. There is no restriction on what can be placed in this folder, so the data you can store and share via iCloud is not limited to files created by Apple or Apple-approved software. When you realize this, you can use iCloud as a fully comprehensive cloud resource.

Once you have stored all the files you want in your Mobile Documents folder, to avoid having to dig around to get at it, you can access it from utilities such as the free Plain Cloud . that access your Mobile Documents folder. You can periodically update your stuff by using a folder sync application such as ChronoSync. Or, to create a more sophisticated arrangement and make it run invisibly behind the scenes, you can check out Sebastian Hallum Clarke's donation-ware utilities iClouDrive, which creates a dedicated subfolder within the Mobile Documents folder, and an aliased copy of this folder on your desktop (or wherever you choose to put it), and MacDropAny, which creates symbolic links between that aliased copy and the subfolder within Mobile Documents (and also Dropbox), so that any changes you make in your local files are instantly updated on the cloud service of your choice.
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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: dilvish1984 on Dec 10, '12 08:08:36AM

"It's all fun and games until somebody looses an eye..."

It's obviously fine to play around with this, but I would strongly suggest that nobody should count on this behavior remaining reliable. This re-purposing of functionality that Apple most certainly doesn't intend for this use means they won't feel any responsibility to support it in the future, so you really wouldn't want to keep your only copies of any important files there. Also, it's probably safe to assume that either the files placed there count against your iCloud quota, or if not, Apple will be sure to cut this functionality off quickly if too many people start abusing their largess.



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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: richwiss on Dec 10, '12 08:11:08AM

Also, I get it... but why? Dropbox works. It's got a polished front end on loads of devices, and the amount of space (after getting various bonus allocations) is larger for the same free price.



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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: kiltbear on Dec 10, '12 08:55:24AM

Love this idea. I've played with it before. The biggest drawback is that while your OSX devices can access the data via those utilities or alias or symlinks, the problem gets to be on iOS devices.

It might be better to turn your "Goodreader" folder (or something similar) into the folder in which you put all your data so you can at least get to it on iOS.

This might also make it a little less susceptible to getting clobbered as being a directory with no approved app that uses it in the Mac or iOS app store. As in all things, make sure you have backups.



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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: boydp182 on Dec 10, '12 09:37:47AM

I just go to home folder>saved searches and theres a folder called icloud and I drag that to the sidebar in finder.



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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: boydp182 on Dec 10, '12 09:39:14AM

You can try dropicloud.com also.



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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: CHM on Dec 10, '12 10:25:26AM

Seems like the same thing as this hint: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20111029203029574&query=iCloud+mobile+documents



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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: rbenezra on Dec 10, '12 07:05:03PM

Can't use this method if you want to keep databases such as those of 1Password or Papers synced across multiple devices. Dropbox handles database syncing quite well and for some of us, this is the most important feature.



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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: herojig on Dec 10, '12 09:53:43PM

so true, no 1password. best to just use dropbox.



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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: carr1on on Dec 18, '12 08:31:13AM

The new IOS version of 1Password can use Dropbox, iCloud, or both at once to sync the password database. Pretty cool.



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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: agentx on Dec 11, '12 02:42:09AM

iCloud Documents = another unfinished, unpolished Apple internet product.

If all the rumours are true Jobs wanted Dropbox and Dropbox did not want Apple....good move IMHO.



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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: themacdweeb on Dec 11, '12 12:23:43PM

yeh.... or i could just use iCloud.



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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: zo219 on Dec 11, '12 10:54:33PM

Please, some kind of newbies warning? I adore Apple--and iCloud does not yet warrant trust with document storage. Or originals. Period.

Besides, Steve introduced it as a sync service, and that it does fairly well. Okay, sort of. Five minutes on Apple Support will show that the MobileMe never died--except the good parts.



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How to make iCloud behave like Dropbox
Authored by: pippuz73 on Feb 02, '13 10:01:20AM

Great post!! I was just looking for a simple, mac-osx-integrated way to cloud backup my files.
Very smart and useful suggestion.



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