The right way to use Apple’s new iCloud Drive

“If you haven’t been scared off cloud services by the Fappening or past horrors like MobileMe, you might want to try iCloud Drive, Apple’s answer to Dropbox and Google Drive,” Rob LeFebvre writes for Cult of Mac.

“It’s a pretty great concept, an extension of the Apple philosophy from way back – documents are identified by the apps they were created by. Before, though, you needed to export a file from a drawing app to use it with a painting app,” LeFebvre writes. “With iCloud Drive, you’ll be able to move from one app to another much more easily.”

“Before you begin, make sure you’ve read and understand the warning about using iCloud Drive if you haven’t yet installed OS X Yosemite on your Mac. If you haven’t installed the Yosemite public beta, apps on your iOS 8 devices will be unable to share data with companion apps on your Mac. Consider yourself warned,” LeFebvre writes. “If you choose to enable iCloud Drive on your iOS 8 device, and you have an OS X Yosemite beta installed on your Mac, here’s how to use it the right way.”

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  1. Does anyone who is running the Yosemite beta know where the iCloud Drive folder is within the Mac’s folder structure?

    Under Mavericks (and before), the iCloud files are in the Mobile Documents folder that is inside the user’s Library folder.

    1. It is in the User/Library folder and is called Mobile Documents. The finder will not let you see the contents. However, if you make an alias in place it will let you view it from there.

  2. I don’t know why people always say MobileMe was a flop. it wasn’t the best thing in the mac system…but i sure used the hell out of it. especially the idisk, which had by far my favorite way to share files to this date.

    1. I wouldn’t say MobileMe was a flop, Macs were not the number one computing system at the time – and it was merely for Apple users mostly. Still it offered easy access that have inspired all services todate.
      Before MobileMe there was eWorld.
      It was pretty damn excellent for the time – making things interactive and easy to understand. That is Apple. And new iCloud Drive brings back offerings that started all the fad from long ago,

    1. It converts. But takes a loooong time.

      And, I still experience delays in syncing causing me sometimes to think I lost a document. But did not.

      I have been getting a lot of “modified on multiple devices” errors. This sucks because whatever copy I choose, I still have to manually merge. And without track-changes features, I am bound to miss a punctuation mark I fixed in a 30 page document.

      So far, not happy. But waiting for the ‘official’ launch before I form an opinion.

  3. It rankles me when I see articles failing to mention that from 2000 until a couple years ago, MobileMe/.Mac/iTools users had this great little thing called the iDisk. And that this isn’t some “Apple’s answer” to Dropbox & Google Drive. Geez. Why the iDisk was ever taken away will always be beyond me.

  4. Why would one pay anyone else to implement a remote drive that is this complicated??? You actually have to learn the “right way” to store your files now???

    Once upon a time, Apple software just worked. One understood how things worked intuitively, it took real effort to screw up. Sadly, I think Apple has regressed on many software fronts. Using iCloud is a mystery of what applications can work with it, how to view one’s files, where the folder might be buried in Mac OS X, what iOS can and can’t do compared to OS X.

    What’s just as troubling is Apple’s tragic turn toward the flat Windows-esque “Metro” tiles look for all its icons. The GUI in Mavericks is gray and washed out. The cryptic minimalist flat icons don’t guide the user to the correct command. Help menus are next to useless to explain the setting option.

    Mavericks is a huge step toward MS ugliness and iCloud Drive doesn’t appear that it will be the intuitive online folder that everyone wishes he could have for free. Nobody is going to give you online storage for free unless they datamine all your stuff. If Apple doesn’t, then Apple will let you get hooked on the free sample and then start charging for the privilege of putting your files on its servers. Problem is, anyone who does serious work can’t possibly put all his files on the Apple iCloud even if one was independently wealthy. So instead of constantly trying to figure out where to put your files and if it made it into Apple’s iCloud, one might as well just get a NAS. Boom, now you have your own server for ALL your files. You get an icon on your desktop. You get complete file control with internet access from anywhere, no datamining, and you have all the security options you choose to implement. You don’t need to pay someone else to store your stuff.

    1. I started to rebut your blather, and realized how much time I could save by simply stating, and I could be wrong, but it does appear you’re sitting on what most people think with.

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