Documents in the cloud not syncing to iWork on Mac

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  1. Ben1l macrumors regular

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    I have iWork installed on my Mac, as well as having Pages and Numbers installed on an iPad and iPhone (all up to date and all logged in under the same iCloud user name)

    When I change a document on either the iPad or iPhone, the changes sync perfectly to the other device, but the changes never sync to the same document on my Mac.

    I don't know how to get changes to sync over to my Mac.

    btw, 'Documents and Data' is tuned ON in my iCloud prefs on the Mac

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Are you dragging the document back out of your browser from iCloud.com once it's been modified in iOS?
     
  3. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    Syncing directly on the Mac has not yet been released.
     
  4. steveca macrumors 6502

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  5. Ben1l thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, surely not, Wow, really?!
    #Shocked

    Ok, I can't believe that Apple would release such a lacklustre, blatantly unfinished product, if that is the case.

    Thanks
     
  6. bristleworm macrumors 6502

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    me too. can't understand why this hasn't been released yet. :(
    document sync is one of the most important parts of iCloud… for me at least
     
  7. steveca macrumors 6502

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    i think it is still in beta (or some components are) so lets give them some time :)
     
  8. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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    Because right now it can't be done properly. iWork on iOS is not fully featured and when iWork files from OS X are installed on the iOS device, it has to strip out a bunch of those things out of the file. For instance, Pages on iOS can't do comments. So if I were to send it to the iOS device, edit it there, and iCloud was then to upload it to my Mac, I would have immediately lost my comments. The only way to get this to work is to have iOS iWork do everything iWork on OSX does, and then add iCloud to iWork OSX. Basically they have to upgrade both suites extensively.
     
  9. chrfr macrumors 603

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    I'm not sure what you mean. iWork documents are synced, but it has to be done manually through the browser on the Mac side.
     
  10. JohnDoe98, Nov 9, 2011
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    JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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    As soon as you open on your iOS device a document made on iWork on OS X that has features that are not supported on iWork iOS, those features are immediately stripped away from the document on the iCloud servers. Here is an example.

    Create a document on your computer in pages, and call it iCloud test. Type a few sentences. Then add a comment to the file. Then upload that file to iCloud through your web browser (Safari). So far everything seems to be looking good, and it looks like the file was synced to iCloud. But the moment you open that file on any iOS device, you will get an error that Pages does not support comments and therefore they were removed. The program, pages, on your iOS device, will now upload a new copy of the document to iCloud, replacing the old one with the new, stripped down, version. If you later downloaded that file back to your computer, the original comments would be permanently gone or lost. Imagine if all your documents were automatically uploaded to the cloud and synced back to your computer when changes are made on the iOS device, well then all those extra features would be eliminated from all your files any time you open them up on an iOS device. In other words, if auto-sync was implemented, that would mean reducing iWork on OS X to the features, and only the features, that iWork on iOS can accomplish. But as Apple itself recognizes, the porting of iWork to iOS is only begun and very limited.

    Naturally, features, like comments (and there are many many others), were added to the desktop version of iWork for a specific reason. They are needed and often relied upon. For a fully functional and acceptable iCloud environment the type of problem I just explained needs to be removed by making sure each suite, for iOS and OS X, can accomplish all the same tasks.
     

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