Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Replacing Dropbox With iCloud Drive

Collin Donnell:

Apple’s strategy has been to present everything as though nothing will ever go wrong with any of their software or services, and so the user doesn’t need a lot of tools to help recover when something does. Because it won’t. Ever.

All of Apple’s services just feel opaque. iCloud drive isn’t great as far as letting me know the status of my documents. If it did break in some horrible way, I have no trust that I would have a good way to get my stuff back.


The strange feeling I have is that I’m not moving because iCloud Drive has gotten better than Dropbox, or even that it’s gotten as good. I’m moving because maybe it’s become sufficient for my needs. I’m purposefully not using what’s clearly the best thing on the market, because I think I’m willing to live without some of it’s features. Hopefully it’ll be good enough.

Chris Dzombak:

February 2015, I put 1000 small text files in an iCloud Drive folder. Today, there are 999 left.

I do not trust this system.

UPDATE: 14.txt has been located, in iCloud’s (very well-hidden) Restore Files UI. I have no idea how it was deleted.

Previously: Dropbox Modifies TCC.db to Give Itself Accessibility Access.

Update (2016-11-09): Arthur A. Sabintsev:

Did this last month - haven’t had problems.

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I've been switching over myself. I now use Dropbox just for files I share with others.

I only use dropbox for work (because we it's used, but I don't even have it to start upon launch); I just open it on a -needed- basis (and it hasn't been launched in over six months.

Droplr works fine for what I do (also work related) so I open Droplr when I need to share something, it's more on-remand vs. permanent synced folder.

Moved 1password from Dropbox to iCloud, no problems.

I would be more apt to move to iCloud Drive if I hadn't read so many horror stories of iCloud Photo Library, and if iTunes Match actually worked.

I’m not inclined to switch to iCloud Drive, but if I were, one major issue would be that it doesn’t support symlinks the way Dropbox does. So all the files would have to actually be stored in iCloud drive; I couldn’t selectively sync certain subfolders that are stored elsewhere.

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