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iCloud: Visual QuickStart Guide [Kindle Edition]

Tom Negrino

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Learn how to use Apple's iCloud service to share your content across all your Apple devices. This indispensable guide to Apple's iCloud service walks readers how to share their iTunes songs, photos, books, apps, files, email, contacts, and calendars across their PC, Mac, and iOS devices. Readers will learn how to create documents in iWork apps--Pages, Keynote, and Numbers--and edit them on any device, with iCloud keeping the files up to date. Readers will also learn how to back up important information via the cloud.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10072 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (10 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VFCV2S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #761,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars iCloud instructions that work 9 Mar 2012
By Hartley J. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
iCloud:Visual Quickstart Guide contains clear illustrated step by step instructions for working with iCloud. I found no errors in the instructions. Everything I tried worked when I correctly followed the steps. (On page 10 there is a reference H in the text and the matching illustration is G, but I found no errors in any of the instructions I tried.)

iCloud:Visual Quickstart Guide begins with a good brief description of iCloud, it's requirements, and Apple ID considerations. Then there are the illustrated steps for setting up iCloud on iOS devices, on your Mac, your PC, and migrating from MobileMe. The next chapter gets you up and running with Mail, Notes, and Messages on your Mac and iOS devices. By the end of the chapter, only 46 pages, you will agree that you are up and running , and in no time.

You will have learned that, "One of the benefits of every iCloud account is a free @me.com address. All iCloud email accounts use the IMAP email protocol, so messages are saved on the server, and you can read, reply to, and mark your email as read from any device." I have a POP email account which does not work with iCloud, so I followed the iCloud:Visual Quickstart Guide instructions to set up an iCloud account. How to use the Mail program is outside the scope of this book, but it covers working with mail in the iCloud on the web which looks a lot like your Mac Mail.

iCloud Visual Quickstart Guide contains instructions for working with Mail, Contacts, and Calendars programs both with iCloud and in the iCloud program on the web. It also contains references to other alternative programs, for example on using iCloud with alternative calendar programs.

This is not a reading book. It is a doing book. You follow the instructions to experience them and to see the results. Most of the instructions are very easy to follow.

There were just a couple of instructions near the back of the book where it took me a long time to correctly follow a step. Tom Negrino wrote they might not be easy.

In Chapter 8 Synchronizing Browser Bookmarks Tom Negrino wrote, "If you are anything like me, you have a huge selection of bookmarks that you have created over the years, on different computers and different devices and the thought of having iCloud merge them all together on all your devices is a bit daunting. .... On an iOS device, it's a complicated procedure, which I've detailed below on an iPad." I new nothing about bookmarks and it took me several hours before I was able to do it right, but then it worked.

"Useful Bookmarklets for iOS," described how to get one that makes it possible to paste symbols that are not available in iOS into iOS documents. It too took hours for me to get the steps right, but it works and I am happy to have it. This is just one example of things that I like that would not have expected to find in an iCloud book.

There are more chapters on using iPhoto and iTunes with iCloud which I will study after I get my own Ebook copy.

I obtained a review copy of iCloud; Visual Quickstart Guide for our Macintosh user group. This is my review. I liked iCloud; Visual Quickstart Guide so much that I am buying the Ebook version for myself.

I would recommend iCloud:Visual Quickstart Guide to anyone who is interested in iCloud. The later parts of the book may not be suitable for some beginners. They cover things that are neat, but that are not necessary for beginners to know.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your head out of the clouds and into iCloud with this book 7 Mar 2012
By D. Greenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Visual Quickstart Guide

With the imminent demise of MobileMe, it's time more of us move to iCloud and Lion, but with Apple thrusting this upon us, not all of us feel comfortable changing the way we've done things with MobileMe for years. Fortunately this book will alleviate your fears and make you a master.

The book, although multiplatform, focuses primarily on the Macintosh usage. Each aspect of iCloud is covered: mail, notes, iMessage, contacts, calendars, reminders, iPhto, iTunes, backups, documents, and search functions.
Each chapter gives an overview with objectives and then clearly organizes the information with tips, screenshots and easy to read diagrams.

The audience for this is beginner and intermediate users, although since the service is so new, we are all pretty much beginners and can learn from this book.

Missing is troubleshooting ideas when things go wrong, but this is a "quickstart" guide and not a comprehensive manual.

iCloud is fairly straightforward and not a huge leap from MobileMe, but it is different and this book explains to both new users to the product and migrating users everything they need to know to be successful

Pros: Covers the transition to iCloud and all the functions it entails
Cons: Can't bring back the functions we miss in MobileMe!

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Want to go to the iCloud? Here's the guide to assist you. 8 Feb 2012
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book really helps simplify the process of going to the Apple iCloud on your Mac or Windows PC, and your iOS devices. The ten chapters are well illustrated with screen shots and instructions explaining each of the services that are available and how you set them up. Simply look at the table of contents and see what the book addresses. The author, Tom Negrino, covers each of the features currently available in the iCloud including services that did and did not transition from MobileMe. I ran into a minor problem with setting up Notes on an iOS device and reported the problem to the publisher. The default account setting did not show up on one of my iOS devices but did on another. Some of my friends could duplicate the problem on their iOS devices. I had a nice long telephone discussion with the author and he could not duplicate my problem. We both did our best to resolve the cause of this problem without success. Regardless, it is only cosmetic and the author will address this in the future. The only other concern I had was that some of the screen shots in the paperback version of the book were small and difficult for me to read. However, the eBook and PDF versions do not have this minor problem. I give the paperback version four stars and the eBook and PDF version four and a half stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent manual 7 Dec 2012
By Sandra Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This guide is a great start to understanding iCloud and giving confidence in grappling with the notion of storing your stuff without choking your hard drive.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Head into the iCloud 19 July 2012
By Louis Lapides - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Tom Negrino has done us a great service by writing this manual. It is definitely a "do" book rather than a "read" book. I have been using iCloud since it debuted, however Negrino explained the inner workings of iCloud in a way I have not seen and offers the read a step-by-step description of every aspect of iCloud.

Since I migrated from MobileMe to iCloud I needed extra help. Negrino's book offered some help but he did not cover a lot of issues such as ending up with a MobileMe email and an iCloud email account causing some interesting issues with my Calendar and Contact list. I was able to resolve them but I wish Tom would have covered them and provided troubleshooting instructions in his manual. Regardless, I highly recommend Negrino's book as both an introduction to iCloud and an excellent resource to consult when setting up iCloud with the various Mac apps.

I learned it is not a matter of just turning on iCloud and everything is ready-to-go. There are further steps one has to take to take full advantage of the wonders of iCloud, and this book did an excellent job of guiding the reader through these steps. Thanks to Tom Negrino's iCloud book, my Mac is "sailing away high on a cloud."
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