Lion/iCloud has a hidden feature where a ‘Mobile Documents’ folder is created in the user’s Library folder, and iOS apps that support iCloud create document sub-folders inside this folder. Detailed info on how this all works started appearing yesterday, and one good article on this is available on MacStories.
One way that DEVONthink users can utilize this is to index a Mobile Documents sub-folder or folders into the DEVONthink database to sync with the iCloud account on iOS, or on another Mac sharing an iCloud account. I’m currently testing this with GoodReader’s iCloud Documents folder and it is working well. You can rename the indexed folder in DEVONthink to give it a unique name, and the source folder inside the Mobile Documents folder will keep its original name. You’ll want to attach DEVONthink’s Synchronize script (in the disk image’s Extras folder) to the database folder to auto-sync on selection, and use the Move to External Folder command in DEVONthink to sync documents contained in the database to iCloud.
It has always been possible to do something similar with DropBox folders indexed to DEVONthink and GoodReader, but the iCloud functionality in GoodReader appears to work better. You do not have to navigate to a DropBox folder and download the document into GoodReader-the iCloud documents are already ‘downloaded’ and available. iCloud also does conflict checking on the documents to keep the most current edits in sync. DropBox does have some advantages, such as accessing documents via a browser (currently only possible with iWork documents in iCloud) and DropBox is also available on more platforms (PC, Android, etc.).
I also do not think that iCloud, or DropBox, syncing would replace DEVONthink To Go (which gets better with each release). I do expect that iCloud will be a better option for PDF documents that I want to edit/annotate on the go. Previously I would have used the ‘Open In…’ function from DEVONthink To Go to open PDFs in GoodReader, and now I will be syncing these documents with indexed folders to iCloud. I’ll be able to view/edit these documents on both my iPhone and iPad, and still have the most current version of my edits available when I am back on my Mac.
As a note of caution, there is some speculation that the appearance of the Mobile Documents folder in the Finder is an oversight on Apple’s part, and may eventually get ‘fixed’ with an update to Lion. If that is the case, the documents will still be in GoodReader’s iCloud folder, but may or may not still appear in the DEVONthink database.