What’s not to like? Uh, I don’t know where anything is. As a somewhat old school Mac user, I have my Documents folder organized to suit my tastes and needs (a little OCD mixed with organizational panic attacks, sprinkled with a touch of chaos). How are files in iCloud organized?
Cloud Mate Is Your Friend
Apple doesn’t seem to want us to know where they keep our files when using iCloud and apps that save files to iCloud. That smacks of Big Brother to me. And to think I give Apple my hard earned dollars.
Cloud Mate is the first of what I predict will be a few more apps that help you view and manage your documents in iCloud.
How handy is this app? Have you ever printed an email message as a PDF and accidentally saved it as a PDf to iCloud? Uh oh. Where did it go?
Cloud Mate is like a mini Finder which finds and displays documents stored in iCloud. It’s so smart it even knows which apps have files stored in iCloud.
This is cooler and easier than you might think.
Cloud Mate is smarter than the average bear (see what years of watching Hanna-Barbera cartoons does with analogies?) and can figure out that not all documents stored in iCloud came from your Mac.
It will list documents created and stored in iCloud with iOS apps, but isn’t quite smart enough to know which app is the perpetrator.
That would be a handy feature to have, of course, but Cloud Mate does make it easy for you to use non-Mac App Store apps to open and use iCloud documents.
I don’t know Apple’s reasons for hiding files, or making my time honored Documents folder management skills and experience useless in the cloud age, but thankfully there are Mac app developers willing to crack Apple’s thin veneer of Big Brother attitude.