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Check Mate

Check Mate
by Gary Woods

I love iCloud. It keeps our contacts and calendar synchronized across 4 Macs, 3 iPads and 2 iPhones. Also, with Photo Stream all those pictures we take and others that come in from various sources get distributed across all the devices and Macs.

But, for some of the other applications that use iCloud as a synchronizing platform things can get some somewhat confusing. To manage all that other data synched in iCloud I came across Cloud Mate 1.5.6 from Red When Excited This $6.99 app for the Mac displays a two pane interface in Finder with all your apps that use your iCloud account synching shown on the left and in the right pane when you click on an app on the left all the documents and data synched in iCloud for that application gets displayed. Besides file data Cloud Mate also gives you access to your Photo Stream pictures without requiring you to launch iPhoto.

With Cloud Mate you can move your files around in the Finder and it also gives you notifications about when files changed in iCloud. The file status tracker also shows you when files have been up and downloaded.

Cloud Mate works only with OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion and obviously requires an iCloud account with iCloud Documents & Data turned on. There's an iOS companion app for Cloud Mate which goes for $3.99 and works only on iOS 6 and above.

If you'd like to get a lot more control over the data that is being synched in iCloud check out Cloud Mate 1.5.6.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc