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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: sf addict on Dec 01, '11 06:38:58PM

I signed up for iTools the day it was announced, had no qualms about the transition to paying for the dotMac services, shrugged at the (lame marketing driven) service re-invention to dotMe, but I have not "upgraded" to iCloud yet, although if some of the features that dotMac/dotMe offered are added I may find myself transitioning to it sooner rather than later.

I have several reasons for not jumping right into it. Among them: I'm still an old school FreeHand user and since that software is no longer supported under 10.7 and I have little interest in purchasing and transitioning- much less migrating most of the graphics I've created over the last 23 years- to the only (semi-)viable equivalent, Illustrator. That means I'll be keeping a 10.6 system running for as long as I can just to keep using FH.

Other issues I have revolve around sites & the photo pages pages I've created with iWeb- there seems to be no Apple-provided path forward for maintaining and adding to my sites under iCloud in its current incarnation. [...silver cloud/dark lining, anyone?] I also have about a dozen photo Gallery pages created with iPhoto for sharing family and informal company pictures and I haven't seen any information about how to transition these or if that is even or ever will be possible under the iCloud. Yeah, I could repost those Galleries to flickr I suppose, but that means paying for maintaining a pro flickr account.

I really liked the options, ease-of-use and seamless integration the Apple tools provided in this arena while not being forced to use other, perhaps less reliable, services for those functions, especially where the matters of privacy and protecting my intellectual property are concerned.

I also have some misgivings about having the master sync source for my calendar items, contacts and all my music & video in the cloud. These might just be my fear of change but I'm a little leery of having all that on someone (anyone!) else's storage media. Experiments I was involved with using Google Apps at my office yielded less than stellar experiences to put it mildly, which didn't prove at all reassuring where cloud services are concerned.

So I'll be holding off the transition for a while yet until some of these issues are resolved.

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