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iCloud Documents sync for Snow Leopard, using DropBox
Authored by: felix-fi on Nov 30, '11 05:18:16AM

I am the original poster of this hint (I forgot to login before submitting).

With respect to iCloud deleting files, at least the files can be recovered under DropBox (on the web site, you can recover deleted files during a month).

Indeed many program have a good DropBox support, but using this iCloud/DropBox trick saves you pulling and pushing to DropBox on IOS5. The two folders (GoodReader iCloud one, and the SL OSX DropBox one) remain the same all the time.

Note that this hint can also be used to synchronize iCloud subdirectories between different iCloud users (by having the same directory shared among them under their own DropBox account).

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Hi! I liked your post about Dropbox
Authored by: chococake on Dec 06, '11 04:49:58PM

After reading your posts about Mobile Documents in Lion, I wanted to ask you a theoretical question about Dropbox and Mobile Documents. This would make a useful post for somebody so please tell me what you think. My question is what would happen if you simply placed your Dropbox inside the Mobile Documents folder? Would Pages documents inside the Dropbox sync with iCloud, or must they be located in specific subdirectories within Mobile Documents in order to sync? Here's why I ask. I have to collaborate with a team member on the other side of the world who works with hundreds of pages documents. Years ago I gave him a core 2 duo macbook which he still uses today. My system is a Gen. 1 intel iMac which is stuck on Snow Leopard since the Core Duo chip is 32 bit only. I also have an ipad 2 and ipod touch 4th gen. Ideally we would be able to sync through iCloud with ease, but my Mac (the most important system) is left out the loop. I haven't instructed him to upgrade to Lion yet because we've been able to use Dropbox to share documents (albeit slowly with the slow import process on the ipad 2.) That's why I'm asking this question. Can we simply locate the dropbox within his mobile documents folder(Lion,) and get that to automatically sync with iCloud? Or, would iCloud and Mobile Documents have special issues containing and syncing a Dropbox folder. Thanks and I hope you're able to answer, as Apple Care does not offer support for Dropbox, and you seem to be the most clever person out there dealing with this issue.

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Hi! I liked your post about Dropbox
Authored by: felix-fi on Dec 07, '11 07:34:21AM

This is my current understanding:

Unfortunately, iCloud is organizing the ~/Library/Mobile Documents folder per applications... so if you put the whole DropBox in it, application will not see the documents in their specific subfolder. You have to properly dispatch each application-documents in the app/documents folder.

Moreover, for now, putting iWork documents in the Mobile Documents/... keynote, numbers or pages subdirectory is very risky, as IOS 5 version of these apps change the document format which make them unreadable under the OSX version of iWork apps.

So for now, I would refrain of putting the whole Dropbox folder into it...

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