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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:08 pm    Post subject: iCloud Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm wanting to utilize iCloud on my mac's but I'm a little stuck.
When I open my iCloud app I'm presented with the default applications of Mail, Calendar, Address Book, iWork etc
These all seem to be synchronized ok but I'm a bit lost as to how I can access my Open Office documents across the cloud.
I drag n drop a document onto the cloud app but it's not visible or apparently accessible.
Do I need to add something to initiate this functionality?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know nothing about iCloud other than what I found by searching the net..... Is the cloud only available using applications that directly support iCloud?

This link seems to imply that, but, I don't really know
http://www.apple.com/icloud/features/documents.html

This may provide a way to use it:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/01/upload-and-store-your-files-in-cloud.html

Hopefully some mac users can comment.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, the searching I've done also seems support your comment. If you want to share documents on iCloud you have to subscribe to iWork.

But. . . I did find a work-around, well alternative really.

If you open Finder and click "Go" from the top menu, then while holding the "Option" key "Library" becomes available. Click that and there is a folder called "Mobile Documents".

Anything in there that matches the corresponding folder on the other Mac will be synchronized automatically.

I'm lead to understand that iCloud was designed more for IOS than OSX which is not quite what most people were hyped up to expect.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also found with iCloud that as well as my addresses and calendar, all my browser shortcuts synchronized.
One little bonus.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you do not find any avid apple users here, I would try an Apple specific forum to ask about applications that do not directly support iCloud. It seems odd that the answer is not obvious. Off hand, I would expect that you could use a file manager of some sort to manually copy files to / from iCloud.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might also try the new community forum, still at http://user.services.openoffice.org
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Guys,

Will do.
(The info I did manage to get was from an Apple forum and I think I shared the disappointment that was a common theme through that thread.)
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:32 am    Post subject: iCloud Reply with quote

If I understand correctly, even if the iCloud system supports file storage in the cloud, optimum performance is only realized in applications designed to use the cloud. Cloud optimized applications use a version system. They only upload changes to the document being worked on to minimize data transfer.
If you are transitioning to iCloud storage, you should be aware of a couple of issues.
    Documents normally available on the network may not always be available to you. Blackberry users recently had a complete network outage for several days. If you travel to a different country, use a computer or mobile device with a different operating platform or need to use a network behind a firewall, network accessibility could be a problem.
    When you initially start using the cloud, if you choose to transfer all your existing documents and music, you will probably use up all of Apple's no-cost storage space pretty quickly. You will also need to wait for some time before all your documents upload to the networked server.
    Your employer's privacy policy may prohibit you from storing your data on an external server. If you are concerned about privacy, you should look very carefully at the End User Licensing Agreement.
The OpenDocument native formats store content as media files and XML files in a zipped archive. This format is not optimized for incremental updates to cloud-based storage. Essentially, every time you update an OpenDocument file to a cloud, you upload the entire file.
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