That’s right. Name a cloud-based storage service with more users than iCloud.
Here’s the problem with iCloud. Why can’t we see the files on our Mac? Apple’s vision of the future is that apps will simply store files and they’ll always be available so there’s no need for us moronic users who always lose files to use anything else. But I want to know what’s in iCloud and Cloud Mate knows.
Think of it as the utility that lets you see all your iCloud files in the Finder.
What you get with Cloud Mate is a Finder-like interface which displays all the known apps attached to your iCloud files. The list is in the Sidebar.
Click on an app icon and the files associated with that app in iCloud are revealed. Files can be moved in and out, shared, viewed in Quick Look, and even found in the Mac’s Finder– all with a click.
One feature I use the most is to check out photos in PhotoStream without having to open iPhoto. The files are synchronized from iCloud to your Mac, it’s just that Apple hides the iCloud files on your Mac, assuming you’re not smart enough to manage files on your own.
Once you use Cloud Mate you’ll understand why and how it would make a good addition to the Finder. Just don’t expect Apple to provide that same functionality in OS X Hello Kitty any time soon.