Apple’s iCloud, in its current form is a mixed bag of hurt and smiles, sore spots and warm and fuzzies. In other words, sometimes it works great. Sometimes it doesn’t.
For example, iCloud seems to handle Calendar and Contacts between Macs, iPhone, and iPads with few issues. Safari bookmarks sync up between devices most of the time as do login IDs and passwords.
Then there’s all the third party applications which rely on iCloud. Sorry, iCloud doesn’t always ‘just work.’ Dropbox is more stable, dependable, and predictable than iCloud. I suspect the problem is in how iCloud syncs up data within the databases of each device, but Dropbox just syncs files so it’s less problematic.
It seems to me that a better way for iCloud to perform is to be more like Dropbox and here’s a free Mac app that makes it happen. Almost.
iCloudDisk is free and works more like the old iDisk used to work, and somewhat like Dropbox does now. It syncs a folder of files between Macs using iCloud. Think iDisk. iCloud. iCloudDisk.
It’s simple to use, too. Just assign a folder to sync between your Macs.
That’s it. Drop files into the iCloudDisk folder on your Mac just like you would in Dropbox and they get synchronized to your other Macs.
There are other ways to get the same kind of file and folder sync between Macs, but none are easier or less expensive than iCloudDisk. Apple hides the mobile sync folder from users to keep us from mucking up iCloud’s system.
However, if you don’t mind spending a few bucks, Cloud Mate works similarly and has a few more features– like integration into the Finder. That’s a big plus.