Plain Cloud
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  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent

  • Plain Cloud
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  • Last modified: Nov 9, 2013

Review Summary:

PROS: Easy to set-up and use. Makes iCloud folder easily accessible.

CONS: Limited in many ways, but this is due to native iCloud limitations and the fact it is still closed to inter-application communications.

Plain Cloud 2By now, you probably know all about Apple’s iCloud. Since most Apple users tend to stay within Apple’s ecosystem of hardware and software, iCloud is usually present on their iOS devices as well as on Macs. As you probably know, this cloud service keeps certain information in sync, making it possible to start working on a project on your Mac, and finish it on your iPad, for example. Besides this workflow, iCloud also pulls application data, iTunes purchases, creates backups, and much more. On the other hand, it is still somewhat closed for an end user, so you can’t upload files and use it like other cloud storages.

In order to gain a better insight into what iCloud stores and to be able to pull certain information from it, you can use your Mac. You will need to go to System Preferences for iCloud, and then turn on Documents and Settings Syncing. This will make iCloud store all its content locally. Now you will need to navigate to ~/Library/Mobile Documents/, which could be a bit tricky. You will need to insert this path into search bar, or you can use Go to Folder, but in the end this will lead you to iCloud folder. This is where you can find all iCloud data, divided into oddly named folders, so explore around and you will find that file you’re looking for.

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In order to eliminate this complicated process, you can use one interesting application, named Plain Cloud. This application automatically access iCloud folder and shows you easy to understand list of applications. It doesn’t feature any eye catching design of interface, but it does its job. You will see a window with a list of all iCloud-enabled applications which could be found on your Mac, but right next to an application’s name you will see if there are any stored content. Simply click on the app’s name and you will be taken to its iCloud folder.

Once you get to iCloud folder, you can do any kind of operations that you would normally do within Mac OS X. This means that you can move it to your desktop, edit it, and then move it back to iCloud. You won’t be able to move files between different applications, which is as expected since iCloud is limited in this way. You also won’t be able to see any iOS-only specific files, which iCloud doesn’t download to your Mac. These folders will be empty.

Plain Cloud is a simple (and free) application which simply creates easy to use shortcut, in order to access iCloud. It doesn’t offer any advanced features, but you would hardly expect this, since iCloud is quite closed in general. If you’re in need for such application, I would recommend Plain Cloud, since it’s easy to set-up and use.

 

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