While iCloud brought many long-awaiting features to iOS and OS X, many users were still holding out for Dropbox-like syncing service. Though Apple didn’t go this direction with the official release, there is actually a way to trick iCloud into syncing files and folders between Macs, just like Dropbox. Read on and we’ll show you exactly how to use this hidden functionality of iCloud.
The big news of the day is undoubtedly Apple’s fourth-quarter results for fiscal 2011, but that’s hardly the only thing making news today. Today we’ve got a bum Apple TV update, a cool new version of Fantastical with editing support, more iPad mini rumors and more worth reading about for this fine Tuesday, October 18, 2011.
This past April, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a donor-funded, nonprofit group of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists dedicated to defending consumer digital rights, launched a campaign called “Who Has Your Back”. The campaign called for thirteen top technology companies to sign a petition agreeing to to stand with their users in court and be transparent in their practices with regard to data demands and government requests.
Today the EFF announced that two more of those companies, Apple and Dropbox, have stepped up and joined the Digital Due Process coalition, and for that they both get a new gold star.
Yeah, I know that Cloud computing and document storage became all the rage years ago and that I'm probably late to the game with this story. But, you'd be surprised at how many people don't know that they can get free documents storage with Dropbox, or that Box.net is one of the best services for professionals who need to share myriads of files. Next time your friend asks you about Cloud solution for her stray documents, send her here.
DropDAV is a no-brainer for iPad owners looking to get work done. For $5 a month, this service enables you to access your Dropbox account through the WebDAV standard that Apple uses in iWork for iPad applications. That means you can upload those documents right to your Dropbox. But that’s not all -- other applications, like OmniFocus, can also take advantage of this connection method.
Printopia is a Mac app that functions as a small System Preferences pane with some huge benefits. Once installed, Printopia will give you access to non-AirPrint printers directly from your iOS device, and includes a feature to print directly from your Dropbox folder on your Mac.
FileStork is a free web service that allows you to bypass shared folders in Dropbox. If your friend doesn’t have a Dropbox account or you want multiple people to be able to submit files, you can create an online “file request form” in which the files get fed right into your Dropbox account. An email with the form link can then be sent to one or more email addresses. The recipient will be able to upload the file through a simple web form, bypassing any email size limitations. It all sounds pretty hardcore, but really it’s just an easy way to set up a one-time file exchange without sharing a Dropbox folder.
If you frequently find yourself pasting the same text over and over again on the Mac, you’ve no doubt discovered Smile Software’s TextExpander, a handy utility that promises to save keystrokes -- and now, the accompanying iOS version just got even handier with a host of new features.
If there’s anything wrong with Dropbox -- and we’re not saying there is -- it’s that its friendly, free file storage is a little too reliant on outside apps. Getting an edited Pages file from our Mac to our iPad and back to our Mac, for example, is a multi-step affair: 1) open Dropbox; 2) export the file to Pages; 3) make changes; 4) email the file to our Maclife.com address; 5) open the file on our Mac; 6) save; and 7) overwrite the old file on our Dropbox account.
There has to be an easier way. And Notesy for Dropbox has found it.
Apple released the beta version of iCloud last night for developers and with it unveiled the pricing for additional iCloud storage. iCloud will come with 5 GB of storage for free, which we knew; however, you know and we know and Cupertino knows that 5 GB is not going to cut it for everyone. Apple had been hinting that additional storage space would be available -- for a price. Now we know what those prices are, and how they compare.
iCloud will store and back up your music, photos, apps, calenders, documents and more. Apple is fronting you 5 GB on the house. If When you need more storage space, here is what you will pay...