Apple’s iCloud lets you store documents and other files on its servers for sharing across compatible devices. It’s extremely fast and handy, especially if you want to work on one project on several Macs or iOS devices.
On the Mac, compatible applications show a dialog box upon opening that lists documents that are stored in the cloud. There are two views available: list view and icon. While in icon view, you can sort document thumbnails into iOS-style folders. It’s an easy way to keep things organized and quickly find what you’re after. Here’s how.
In the Open window, click icon view in the bottom toolbar.
Your files are presented as thumbnails, along with their titles and modification dates.
To create folder, simply drag and drop on file on top of another.
A new folder appears. By default, it’s named “Folder.” Click the title to customize it.
That’s it! There are a few things to note. First, all documents in the Open window are sorted by modification date, including folders. That means you can’t force folders to always be listed together. You can right-click (or Control-click) on a folder to rename it or duplicate it and its contents. Finally, folders also appear in list view. Double-click the folder itself or single-click the white disclosure triangle to reveal its contents.
I love OS X’s ability to print to PDF. I often do it with emails that I want to reference or easily share. What’s really great is that, with OS X Mountain Lion, you can print to PDF and send the result directly to iCloud for instant, near ubiquitous access across your compatible devices. Here’s how to print an email as a PDF and send it to Preview via iCloud.
Find the message you’d like to save and click Print.
The Print sheet appears. Select Save As PDF in the lower left-hand corner.
The Save As sheet appears. Select a destination. In this case, choose iCloud from the drop-down menu.
A new sheet appears. Create a title and fill in the rest as desired. Ensure that iCloud (Preview) is selected.
That’s it. The next time you launch Preview, select Open from the File menu and click iCloud on the resulting window. Your PDF will be waiting for you.
For extra bonus points, you can password-protect your PDF as you create it. Before clicking Save, click Security Options. You can opt to require a password to view, edit or print the resulting PDF. When you try to open the file on Preview, it will require a password as you’ve directed.
Last week, Apple announced that iCloud customers could begin using an “@icloud” email address. I wondered why someone would use @icloud vs. @me or even @mac.com. I put the question to Twitter and got a few good answers. Here’s what you had to say.
“Most people don’t even know that Apple ever offered @me.com accounts. They think it’s just a really cool email address. Plus, even if you don’t opt to switch to it entirely, you will still get any emails sent to your automatically-generated-by-Apple @icloud.com address. They’ll just show up in you @me.com inbox without you having to do anything. Stick with @me.com and you get the best of both worlds.”
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“icloud.com email addresses are now available for iCloud mail users. Users signing up for new Apple IDs, or enabling Mail on their iCloud account for the first time, will automatically receive an @icloud.com email address instead of a me.com email address. iCloud users with @me.com addresses that have been used with iOS 6 beta 3 will receive an @icloud.com email address that matches their @me.com address.”
Note that existing @me.com and @mac.com users will not be required to switch. Heck, I still use the @mac.com address I got through iTools. Still, I wondered if Apple would make @icloud.com email address available some day. Now I know.
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Note the “finally.” As if disgruntled users have been waiting for this day to come. Apple did not “shut down” the service, it transitioned MobileMe to a better and less expensive one ($99 vs. free), called iCloud. MobileMe was a lot more than a “cloud storage service,” and so is its successor, iCloud. Oh, BI. It’s too early in the morning for this nonsense.
Apple has sent an email to MobileMe customers 1 explaining how they can request a free Snow Leopard installer DVD, according to Macgasm. Installing Snow Leopard will let stragglers upgrade to Lion and then install iCloud.
It’s unclear if Snow Leopard will be made available for free for everyone or just select MobileMe customers.
As Damien explains, you’ll have to first delete the old account, and then create a CalDAV account that points to p06-caldav.icloud.com as the server. Once you’re done give it a few moments to sync and you’re back in business. Read Damien’s post for all the details. I’ve done it and it’s working perfectly.