'Sharing Done Wrong'

Dan Moren for Macworld, on the lack of sharing features inherent to documents stored in iCloud:

It’s clear that Apple’s launch of iCloud has the classic idea of a filesystem squarely in its crosshairs. In the future, you’ll no longer have to create a complicated hierarchy of folders, to maintain multiple versions of the same file, or even to remember where your file is stored.

From Apple’s perspective, this is all about making things easier for the user. You no longer have to remember where you put a file on a disk; instead, all you have to remember is the app you used to create or edit it. After all, it’s easier to remember that you were editing an image in Preview than that you saved it seven folders deep on your hard drive. I’ve certainly found myself relying more and more on the Open Recent menu option in apps that have it.

Tying files to apps has its advantages, to be sure. But Apple’s way of implementing has a cost: Sharing files between applications is more difficult and unwieldy now than it was before.

As usual, great writing by Moren.

Like most nerds, I’m more comfortable navigating a folder hierarchy. Much as I like Documents in the Cloud in theory, the truth is Dropbox is my go-to cloud-synced files app. The best part? No silos and better sharing.

I love iCloud for a lot -- say, for syncing my timeline in Tweetbot or my journal entries in Day One -- but I’ve not one document stored in iCloud. Like I said, I’m nerdy and I like doing things the “hard” way.

(via 512 Pixels)