Using iCloud for Select Documents

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by GovtLawyer, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. GovtLawyer macrumors 6502

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    I am quite hesitant to use iCloud. When it first came out it wanted to take everything on my computer, copy it to the cloud, and if I wanted to delete anything from the Cloud it would delete it from my computer as well.

    Is the new iCloud any different? I want to take around 6 specific documents - from the hundreds I have - from my computer and copy them to my mobile devices. I want to be able to send them via email from the mobile device without having to wait until I get to my computer. I do not want all of my documents in the Cloud - only a handful.

    I may want to either edit one of those documents on the mobile device (adding info to a PDF or tweaking a document as a newer version) and use the handoff/continuity to continue the work on the computer if necessary. I do not want to lose the original version.

    I have Pages on my computer as well as my iPad Air, and iPhone 5s - each with IOS 8.

    Can I use the iCloud drive in just this limited way? If so, can someone educate me on the specific steps.

    Thanks,
    Steven
     
  2. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Maybe, but if you just want to be able to send a few docs between your devices and not store them in the cloud then DeskConnect may be more suited for you...

    DeskConnect on the App Store here..
     
  3. GovtLawyer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Perhaps

    It may be that there are many products out there I can use. I think I can use dropbox. My question regarded iCloud and the way it works or doesn't work as the case may be.
     
  4. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Then be my guest and work it out for yourself.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Sure... that is exactly what iCloud Drive is for. Just put the few documents you want to handle in this way in iCloud Drive and they will be synced across devices.

    Only thing is if you want to keep the original unedited, you will want to keep one copy of that file outside of iCloud Drive... like perhaps in your Documents folder.
     
  6. GovtLawyer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The fear I have is that when I turn on iCloud ALL of my documents will appear in the cloud, as has been reported by other posters. Take a look at this thread. The 2nd poster said he turned it on and all of his documents appeared.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1802266

    Is there a specific order os steps I should take to ensure that only documents I select go there? Also, if I copy the selected files from my Documents folder, will they stay unchanged if I edit on mobile devices?

    Sorry I ask so many questions. As much as I love APPLE, they sometimes skimp on directions and have had a habit in the past of presuming users want things a certain way.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    When you install Yosemite and enable iCloud Drive all it does is take documents etc. you had in the old iCloud and move them to the new iCloud Drive. It does not move anything from Documents to iCloud Drive.

    Any copy left in Documents will be untouched by anything you do with the copy in iCloud Drive.
     
  8. GovtLawyer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's nice to know. Thanks
     

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