Fam­ily mat­ters

Mac Format - - APPLETALK -

With Drop­box, OneDrive and Google Drive, I get an icon on my iPad so I can see what is stored on them. Why can’t I do this with iCloud?

Ap­ple pro­duces Fam­ily Shar­ing but I can’t share two most im­por­tant apps – Notes and Con­tacts. Have they re­ally pro­duced two half-baked so­lu­tions? Or am I miss­ing some­thing? Ian Sleightholm Tom Har­rod says: You aren’t miss­ing any­thing – there is no iCloud Drive ‘app’ to just view ev­ery­thing you have stored in it, and Fam­ily Shar­ing doesn’t in­clude Con­tacts or Notes. iCloud Drive is de­signed to work on a per­app ba­sis, and Ap­ple seems de­ter­mined not to break from the idea that each folder in it need only be ac­cessed by the app it re­lates to (which isn’t al­ways go­ing to be the case in real life). As for Fam­ily Shar­ing, in the case of con­tacts, if you want share one con­tact list be­tween you, you could ex­port the full con­tact list from who­ever has it, and the oth­ers could im­port it. This wouldn’t keep it synced in the fu­ture, but at least you’d have all your con­tacts. With notes, we’d have to just sug­gest a third-party col­lab­o­ra­tive notes tool. Box.com of­fers a notes tool along with 10GB of cloud stor­age for free.

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