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7. Documents in the Cloud > Understand How Documents in the Cloud Works

Understand How Documents in the Cloud Works

Once Documents in the Cloud has been enabled for a given device, all the apps that support this feature automatically sync their local collection of documents with the cloud—and update that collection, in both directions, in near-real time. (If you’re familiar with Dropbox, note that the behavior is similar to what happens when you edit a document that’s stored in your Dropbox. You’re actually editing the local copy, but behind the scenes, Dropbox constantly uploads newly saved versions to the cloud and downloads files that were added to your Dropbox, or modified, on another device.)

That’s both cool and useful, but it comes with some qualifications:

  • iOS: iOS apps must be explicitly updated to support Documents in the Cloud. Apple’s iWork suite (Keynote, Pages, and Numbers) for iOS support Documents in the Cloud as of version 1.5, which became available at the same time iCloud itself did. GarageBand for iOS added support for iCloud document storage in version 1.2. Many (but by no means all) third-party document-based apps also support Documents in the Cloud, and I expect that number to grow rapidly.


  

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