Now that OS X Mavericks and iOS both get Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps for free I think I see where Apple is going with iCloud.
To be fair, if you’re an average Mac user without 100,000 documents clogging up your Mac’s Documents folder, you’ll probably like iCloud. Open a Pages document on your iPhone or iPad, save it to iCloud, and it’s almost instantly available on your Mac. That’s not bad.
An even better addition for Mac users with many thousands of files and a desire to manage them online, is a free utility called Quicksand which automatically syncs your recently opened files to the cloud, including Dropbox.
Once you setup Quicksand it just works. Click the Menubar icon to see when Quicksand last synced.
If you want to see the files that have been recently opened, open the Recently Opened Files folder. Quicksand automatically and dynamically updates the files in the background, as you open them on your Mac.
Configurations are nominal but required to setup Quicksand. You have control over the folder location for your Recently Opened Files, the number of files to sync, even the maximum size of the sync folder.
Quicksand also gives you control over which files to sync and which files not to sync (a good security option). Quicksand is free to use but also billed as donationware. I can easily see Apple incorporating Quicksand’s functionality in next year’s OS X 10.10 Laguna version.