Despite a plethora of competing cloud services, Apple’s iCloud has become the largest cloud service in the world. I use iCloud for many apps, Mac and iPhone, but I wonder where Apple keeps those files stored on my Mac. Wonder no more. Cloud Mate knows.
iCloud does something different when it comes to managing files. Instead of creating folders in the Documents folder and organizing files ourselves, iCloud splits up files by the application that created the file. And, it hides the whole mess.
Cloud Mate brings those files right to the Mac’s Finder so copying and moving files between your Mac and iCloud is easy. You can even see the latest photos in PhotoStream without opening up iPhoto.
Frankly, there’s no reason that Apple doesn’t build in a utility for OS X that works like Cloud Mate. It’s a good way to manage files on iCloud without having to open the file’s application. It also recognizes iOS files and makes them visible and accessible.
Cloud Mate uses Notification Center in Mountain Lion so you get a notice whenever a file is added, removed, or changed. This is nicely done, costs just a few dollars, and makes it very easy to find iCloud files. In fact, you’ll be surprised at all the files various Mac and iOS apps leave in the cloud.