Post by Tom Harrington Post by Bfirstname.lastname@example.org Post by Michelle Steiner
You have to manually upload documents to iCloud from the Mac; it does not
There are some great alternatives which do automatically sync
parts of your filesystem between computers (and including access
via iOS devices). iCloud clearly isn't the answer, but
DropBox, Wuala, SugarSync and a few others may fit the bill.
iCloud is the answer to a different question than those services.
iCloud is apparently *supposed* to be the answer to the question
of getting your documents into the 'cloud' (as well as the things
it actually does well like your addressbook and calendars).
If you have to manually upload your documents to it (as Michelle
is quoted above saying), then iCloud fails as the answer to
that part of the question.
One of the problems is that it just isn't clear what iCloud is
or is supposed to be doing for us. The addressbook and calendar
syncing is nothing new. Photostream may be a good thing, but
I really haven't much interest in it - I'm quite happy with my
MobileMe galleries (which are going to go away). So what's left?
In my opinion, Apple has failed to really wow us with anything
really groundbreaking in iCloud, at least as of yet. Maybe
photostream and music match will really make it stand out, but
it's not clear.
Meanwhile, other third party companies have come in and done
what Apple hasn't -- made it easy to keep your documents in
the cloud in a way that they are immediately and easily useful
on multiple machines and platforms without having to do anything
extra like uploading them via web page. Apple has basically
managed to make addressbook and calendars work about that well,
but never general documents.
Jobs tried to buy DropBox out - he saw how good it was, even though
he called it a "feature" not an app. Maybe it is just a feature,
but nobody else seems to have managed to make anything else work as
easily and transparently, nor gotten loads of third-party apps to
use it so well. There are others that work just about as easily
but have different features (ie. SugarSync and Wuala, both of
which have a lot of overlap with DropBox).
I really hope Apple improves iCloud and, maybe, clarifies its
mission a little better. And it'd be nice for Apple to support
Snow Leopard with it - they are supporting two generations of
Windows but not MacOS? But meanwhile, it doesn't seem very
Plain Bread alone for e-mail, thanks. The rest gets trashed.