Where to access Preview documents?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by staccato83, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. staccato83 macrumors 6502a

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    So, I'm not sure if this is a big omission on Apple's part, but I am not sure how to access my PDF documents after storing them in iCloud. One would think that the PDF would be found in iBooks... nope. Anyone have any ideas?
     

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  2. yaymath macrumors regular

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    If you had another Mac, you would see your PDFs there. Keep in mind that iBooks also stores ePub files, which don't open in Preview. For that reason, Preview doesn't sync with iBooks.
     
  3. staccato83 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I understand I could open them on another mac, but I think the point of having "Documents in the Cloud" is to be able to access them on mobile devices. Good point on the epub format though. Apple just needs to make a Preview app for the iPhone/iPad.
     
  4. yaymath macrumors regular

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    It's the same idea as in TextEdit, which also only syncs with Macs. The point is that, say you have a Mac at home and a Mac at work, you should be able to easily access your most important documents.
     
  5. kc2blj macrumors newbie

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    I'm scratching my head on this one too. Apple says "Preview in Mountain Lion supports Documents in the Cloud so you can access your PDF documents and images from anywhere." They use the "anywhere" terminology other places to mean even from your iPhone/iPad/iPod. I'm having a hard time believeing they made it possible, but didn't give us a tool (app) to actually allow us to do it.
     
  6. chrisherbert macrumors member

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    It is a little mystifying. I think the reasoning is that most people don't understand that files can be opened by multiple applications - for them, they simply live inside Word, Excel, or whatever (seriously - everyone I work with thinks this way and doesn't know how to open documents except through an application).

    So Apple is making this the reality and all documents can only be opened from the application that created them. I'm not sure I get the usefulness of this, especially since many OSX applications have no iOS counterpart, and access to documents on iOS devices is what most people use iCloud for. At the very least, the current implementation is pretty useless when Preview can "own" any file.
     

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