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vmflapem

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I currently own a 13" macbook pro and just ordered a 5K imac and an 9.7" ipad pro. Now that I have a whole bunch of Apple products, I want to keep them all synced so that if I create a document on one computer, it is accessible on all other products. What's the best way to go about doing it?
 

Barnclos

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I use OneDrive to save documents which I want to access on all machines (iMac, iPad, iPhone and some PCs). I get 1 TB of storage 'free' with my Office 365 subscription, but other cloud based systems are available (including from Apple).

This isn't the same as synching over multiple machines, I choose what is shared (on OneDrive) and what is stored locally on one machine. Having said that, my default is to share.
 

Weaselboy

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I currently own a 13" macbook pro and just ordered a 5K imac and an 9.7" ipad pro. Now that I have a whole bunch of Apple products, I want to keep them all synced so that if I create a document on one computer, it is accessible on all other products. What's the best way to go about doing it?

https://www.apple.com/icloud/icloud-drive/

The included iCloud Drive will do exactly what you want.
 

grahamperrin

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@Weaselboy I refrained from suggesting iCloud Drive in e.g. El Capitan because I recalled, from a year or so ago, the limitations and occasional reports of problems. Have the limitations – particularly, those that affect iOS – been removed? (Apologies for my terrible lack of experience with 10.10.x and 10.11.x.)

Examples of limitations

What is with iCloud Drive's subfolder limitations? (2014-10-14)

Wish List: Deeper folders in iCloud Drive application folders - Six Colors (2015-07-10)

How to set up iCloud Drive - CNET (2015-12-18)

… folder hierarchy, however, will be flat; you can add one level of nested …

An example of problems

From why is iCloud drive not showing all my folders? (2014-11-17)

… folders created outside of the app-centric ones do not reliably show up on on my phone via the document picker you're showing. However, that folder will be available on my Mac, iCloud.com, and even on iCloud Drive on my work PC.
 

Weaselboy

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I refrained from suggesting iCloud Drive in e.g. El Capitan because I recalled, from a year or so ago, the limitations and occasional reports of problems. Have the limitations – particularly, those that affect iOS – been removed

It seems to have been pretty well worked out with updates since the introduction. I am not a heavy user, but for what I do similar to what OP asked, it works fine.
 

cynics

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I currently own a 13" macbook pro and just ordered a 5K imac and an 9.7" ipad pro. Now that I have a whole bunch of Apple products, I want to keep them all synced so that if I create a document on one computer, it is accessible on all other products. What's the best way to go about doing it?

What are you using/plan on using for document creation?

If it's Pages then all you need to do is be signed into you iCloud account. It will sync notes, reminders, calendars, Numbers, Keynotes, contacts, etc etc on its own.
 

grahamperrin

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Thanks @Weaselboy.

To anyone who uses both OS X (not macOS) and a released version of iOS:
  • if you use (say) Finder inOS X to manually create a folder that is not application specific, then how deep within that point can you make the nesting of folders and have all of those levels navigable with iOS?
 
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