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What do you think of iCloud for document storage?
Authored by: prwiding on Aug 17, '12 03:54:45AM
I'm going to call the current version iCloud 1.0.

Its a typical 1.0 product. Interesting but not really all there yet. There are too many missing or incomplete functions for the product. For example, if I create a Numbers spreadsheet on my Mac, and store it using iCloud options, I can see it on an iPad. But if I open it, headers are footers are deleted from the file !! So I can open a COPY on the iPad. But then the data is in two places instead of ONE. And this is with Apple software.

Second, BareBones Software has a product called Yojimbo that used the MobileMe service to sync SQLITE3 data between Macs. iCloud has a similar function, CoreData I believe, that sort of offers detailed data syncing between Macs, iPads, iPhones and iCloud. Sort of. Yojimbo sync'ing died with MobileMe and has not yet been replaced. That tells me right there that iCloud is not yet ready for prime time.

And the main issue is that only original applications can see the data they add to iCloud. You have to dance within the Mobile Documents folder on a Mac to get to data tossed into iCloud. Very annoying.

I rely on Evernote and Dropbox. I can't feel comfortable relying on iCloud. Except for iTunes Match, which so far works swell. I think Apple concentrated on getting iCloud working for iTunes Match. Other developers will limp along for their applications.

Hopefully, services may be easier for developers to use in Version 2.

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