Syncing iwork files between computers

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by aonelas, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. aonelas macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2010
    I recently picked up a macbook air for use when I'm not at home. There are a few files that I'd like to be in sync between my iMac and the air, so I went to the apple store for suggestions.

    They told me that iCloud could in fact perform that function, but it only worked with iWork (not with office 2011). So I logged into the cloud, saw the iWork tab, and decided to purchase iWork from the App Store.

    Well, it's not working. I can't even find a place in numbers to turn on the iCloud function. It's starting to look like the sync option is for IOS only, which is unfortunate because I don't imagine doing much word processing on my iPhone or on an iPad for that matter.

    I was just wondering if anyone could confirm this, or help me figure out what I'm doing wrong.

    Thanks in advance for the help. And thanks to all you guys that are answering these questions for us!

  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    The apple store was incorrect, I use Chronosync
  3. hollerz macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    Durham, UK
    Yeah, iWork still hasn't been updated to sync with iCloud. You can use something like SugarSync [Non-referral URL] which works great for me!
  4. FFW macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2008
    Aaron, you should eventually be able to sync iWork documents via iCloud when Mountain Lion is released. It will mean upgrading your Macs to the new OS though. It will also presumably then sync between Macs and iOS devices via iCloud too.

    For now you can use services like the aforementioned SugarSync or Dropbox to store your iWork files in and they'll automatically sync the files between devices for you.
  5. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    There is a way to do it, but it isn't very elegant. You need to go to your library folder. So, go to your finder, select go from the menu at the top. Then go to folder. Type: ~/Library

    Now go to mobile documents. You should now see three iWork folders. I'll just explain pages and then you can do the rest on your own. Go to the com~apple~pages folder. Then right click on the documents folder. Make an Alias. Move that alias to wherever you want, like the standard documents folder that you usually use in finder.

    Now, in order to have your pages files automatically sync with iCloud. You need to save pages files in that new Alias you created, and you must add the .pages extension. It'll sync the file up to iCloud and if you do the same on the other computer, the pages files you put in that Alias will be in sync.

    Let me know how this works for you.
  6. aonelas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2010
    When I went to that folder it was completely empty, I even tried showing hidden files on the machine (there were folders, but none related to iWork).

    I ended up using Dropbox, which I found as a recommendation on the forums. It's working great doing exactly what I need it to. I do hope, however, that Apple makes this a regular function of iCloud. I didn't see this on the Mountain Lion sneak peak =(.

    Thanks for the help everyone!

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