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On iCloud missing file system.
iCloud in Mountain Lion open and save dialog boxes shows essentially a flat space with documents in it. In other words, there is no file system in iCloud storage. I guess the design choice behind this is to keep things simple. Current computers UI startup UI is essentially to present a windows on a file system. But the computer is not a file system. So the paradigm shift seems to be compelling.
The problem is when you have more than 10 documents in iCloud for a specific application, looking for the one you want becomes tedious. By not having a file system, this render iCloud storage problematic. And I think this is the kind of problem we see often in Apple applications: they don’t scale well at certain usage level (i.e. power users). Another example of this is the iOS application Photos.app. There is no hierarchy for organizing hundreds of photos. I find it problematic when you are looking for a specific set of pictures.
I guess Apple wants to simplify the computing experience but the thing is, for many of us who are using computers since before the iPhone, we all know and basically understand folders and documents. Apple shouldn’t have eliminated this from iCloud’s document storage. Maybe in iCloud 2.0, who knows.