Here’s the problem. As bona fide control freaks, Apple doesn’t want customers mucking around with our files in iCloud. Here’s a way to get control over files that are automatically stored in iCloud.
G’day Cloud Mate
iCloud is a rather unique cloud service, but for whatever reason, Apple doesn’t make it easy for us to view the files stored in iCloud.
Cloud Mate is the Mac app that reveals all you need to know about files in iCloud’s cloud storage.
The app looks and feels like the Mac’s Finder so it’s instantly usable. No learning curve to speak of.
Whatever apps on your iPhone or iPad or Mac that have saved files to iCloud are easily captured, backed up, viewed, or copied using Cloud Mate.
You get a list of files, Finder style.
Cloud Mate goes the extra mile and displays the apps associated with each file.
That means you can add or remove files in or out of iCloud without even bothering to open the associated application.
As you navigate through your Mac, the Cloud Mate iCloud Drive appears in the standard Open and Save pop up dialog boxes.
That makes it easy to save files to iCloud even on apps that don’t use iCloud to sync files. Cloud Mate also adds iCloud’s files to the Finder so they’re, well, easy to find.
You won’t even need to open iPhoto to see the photos in iCloud’s PhotoStream. The only negative we’ve noticed is that FUSE is required to display iCloud files in the Finder. It’s a bit of hack that many Mac users avoid.