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Examining other apps on iCloud.com

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Now let's take a look at iCloud on the Web's other options. We'll start with Contacts. You'll see here an address book that looks very much like Mac OS X's Contacts application, and it works very much the same way. So, select a contact, and you see that information on the right side. If you would like to edit that contact, just click on the Edit button, and you can add or change fields as you like. Let's Cancel that. You could also create a new contact by clicking on the plus button, and then entering the information. I'll Cancel that as well.

Examining other apps on iCloud.com

Now let's take a look at iCloud on the Web's other options. We'll start with Contacts. You'll see here an address book that looks very much like Mac OS X's Contacts application, and it works very much the same way. So, select a contact, and you see that information on the right side. If you would like to edit that contact, just click on the Edit button, and you can add or change fields as you like. Let's Cancel that. You could also create a new contact by clicking on the plus button, and then entering the information. I'll Cancel that as well.

To view your groups, just click on the Groups bookmark, and here are your groups. The plus button at the bottom of this pane allows you to create a new group. If you'd like to remove a group, just click on Edit, click the minus sign, confirm that you really want to get rid of it, and it's gone. And then click Done to leave editing mode. Back to the iCloud page, and let's take a look at Calendar. Calendar is another reflection of Mac OS X. To the left are the calendars you've created, and to the right, the contents of the selected calendars. You can view your calendar in a variety of ways. You can see it in Day view, Week view, Month view, or as a List.

Look in the Settings section, and you can see that you can look at Preferences, you can create a new event, a new calendar, you can delete an event, go to the current day, go to a specific date, or show declined events. If you like to create a new event, you can double-click on a date, and enter the information you'd like. You can also click on the plus button, and create an event that way. If you'd like, you can hide the calendars pane on the left, or reveal it. Click on Edit, click the plus button, and you can create a new calendar. You can also delete calendars this way. I'll just click on minus to make that happen, and then click Done, and back to the iCloud page.

At the risk of making you sick hearing of it, Notes is very similar to the Notes application under Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and the Notes app on iOS devices, by default, you're presented with an empty note. To create your note, just start typing, and there's your note. You can create another note just by clicking on the plus button, and that creates a new page. To delete a note, just select the note you want to delete, and click on the trashcan icon, confirm that you want to do it, and it's gone. And then there's the Reminders application, and yes, you guessed it; it's just like the Reminders application on a Mac.

So just select the list, and you can view the reminders within it. To create a new reminder, click on the plus button, and type the name of your reminder. When you do that, you see a Details button to the right. Click on that, and you can choose to be reminded on a specific day, and a particular time. You can also choose to repeat the reminder every day, every week, every two weeks, every month, or every year. So, for example, if you can't remember your spouse's birthday, make a reminder, and have it remind you every year. You can also choose where that reminder is going to go by choosing a new list, so I can move this to Reminders, I can assign a priority to it -- make this Medium priority -- and if you like, you can add a note. When you finish, click on Done.

We'll look at Reminders, and there's my reminder. You can create additional lists by clicking on the plus button, and creating a new name. And you can click on the Calendars button, and then create a reminder for a specific date. And once again, back to the iCloud page. I am going to skip Find My iPhone for now, as I have an entire movie dedicated to this feature, and while I'm also going to address documents in the cloud in another movie, it won't hurt to click on this iWork icon. Of course, you'll see nothing in these tabs if you haven't uploaded any iWork documents to iCloud, and Apple assumes that this is because you don't own copies of the iWork apps.

In that case, you'll be directed to purchase the iOS versions of the apps. iWork is Apple's office suite, which includes Keynote, which is a presentation program, Pages, a word processor, and Numbers, which is Apple's spreadsheet application. When you save a document to the cloud with one of these applications, this is one way that you can access it. If you want to download a document, all you have to do is select it, and you see this Download button. Click on that, and the document will be downloaded to your computer. This is extremely handy when you're sitting at a computer that you don't own that has these applications on it. So just download the file you need, work on it, upload it back to the cloud, and it will be ready for you in its updated form on the next iCloud compatible device that you work with. We'll return to the iCloud page one last time, and that's our look at iCloud on the Web.

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