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Chapter 10. File Sharing On the Go

Chapter 10. File Sharing On the Go

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CheckYourSystemPreferences

Tosharefilesoveranetwork,makesureanetworkisactivated

andthatyouhaveenabled"PersonalFileSharing,"explained

below.



ChecktheNetworkPreferences

Toactivatethedesirednetwork:

1. OpenSystemPreferences,thenchoose"Network."



2. Inthe"Network"window(below-left),choose"NetworkPort

Configurations"fromthe"Show"pop-upmenu.

3. Checktheboxnexttothenetworkyouwanttouse.Ifmore

thanonenetworkischecked,dragthepreferrednetworkto

thetopofthelist.

4. Click"ApplyNow"toapplyanychangesyoumade.



ChecktheSharingPreferences

ToturnonPersonalFileSharing:

1. OpenSystemPreferences,thenchoose"Sharing."



2. Inthe"Sharing"window(below-right),clickthe"Services"

tab,thencheck"PersonalFileSharing."



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ArchiveFilesandFoldersBeforeSharing

Whenyouplantosendafile(orafolderfulloffiles)acrossa

network,youshouldcreateacompressedcopythattakesless

diskspaceandlesstimetotransfer.Acompressedfileor

collectionoffilesiscalledanarchive.Makinganarchivealso

helpspreventthefilefromgettingcorruptedalongtheway.

(Don'tcompressPDFfilesbecausethey'realreadycompressed.)

Tocreateanarchive:

1. Selectafileorafolderfulloffiles.

Orselectmorethanonefile;youcancompressagroupof

selectedfilesintoonearchive.

2. FromtheFilemenu,choose"CreateArchive."

OrControl-clicktheitemandchoose"CreateArchive"from

thecontextualpop-upmenu(shownbelow-left).

Thefinishedarchivewillbeinthesamefolderastheoriginal

files.



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Toopenanarchivedfiletoconvertittoitsoriginal,

uncompressedstate,double-clickit.



iChatFileSharing

TheeasiestwaytosharefileswithanotherMacuseroverthe

InternetistouseiChat,theinstantmessagingsoftwarethat's

built-intoMacOSX.iChatworksthroughanInternet

connection.ItknowswhenpeopleinyourBuddyListareonline

andshowstheirnamesintheBuddyListwindow(shown

below).



Tip

Ifyoudon'tseeyourBuddyList,fromiChat's

Windowmenu,choose"BuddyList."Orpress

Command1.



iChatisn'tjustforpalsandfun.Lotsofseriousbusinessgets

donethroughiChat,bothasaninstantcommunicationtooland

asawaytosharefiles.

YoucanonlysendonefileatatimethroughiChat,soifyou

havemorethanone,putthemallintoonefolder.Betteryet,

makeanarchive,asexplainedonthepreviouspage.

TocopyafiletosomeoneinyourBuddyList:

1. Dragthefileontopofabuddynameinthelist,asshown

below.Asyoudragafileontopofabuddyname,thename

areahighlightswithaboldoutline.



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2. Analertmessageopensonthebuddy'scomputer(belowleft).

Thebuddyclicksthemessagetoopenan"IncomingFile

Transfer"windowthatidentifiesthefilebeingsent.

Thebuddyclicks"SaveFile"(below-right)toacceptthe

transfer.Thetransferredfileissavedtothebuddy'sDesktop

(assumingthat'swhereyourBuddy'sreceivedfilesare

automaticallysaved;seethenextpage).



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TochangethelocationwhereiChatfiletransfersare

automaticallysaved:

1. FromtheiChatmenu,choose"Preferences...."



2. Clickthe"General"iconinthepreferencestoolbar.

3. Fromthepop-upmenushownbelow,choosethelocation

whereyouwanttosaveincomingfiletransfers.



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EncryptiChatMessagesandFiles

Ifbothyouandyourbuddyare.Macmembersandyouuse

.Macbuddynames,youcanmakesureyourfiletransfers,video

chats,audiochats,andtextmessagesaresecurewhenyou

useiChat.

Toturnonencryption:

1. FromtheiChatmenu,choose"Preferences...."

2. Clickthe"Accounts"iconinthetoolbar.

3. Inthe"Accounts"list,choosethe.Macaccountyouwantto

secure.

4. Clickthe"Security"tab.

5. Clickthe"Enable"button.



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IfbothpartiesenableiChatencryption,allcommunicationis

sentsecurelythroughthe.Macservers.







BonjourFileSharing

iChatincludesaverycoolcomponentcalledBonjour.While

iChatrequirestheInternettoconnectusers,Bonjourusesyour

localnetwork.Bonjourdetectsothercomputersonthenetwork

thatuseMacOSXandautomaticallyconnectstothemwhen

iChatisopen.Thisisreallyhandyforquicklytransferringfiles

acrosstheroomortoanassociatewhoworksinanother

department.

BonjourfilesharingworksexactlyliketheiChatfilesharing

describedonthepreviouspages:

1. OpeniChat.

2. FromtheWindowmenu,choose"Bonjour."

3. Dragafile(orafolderoffiles)ontopofanameinthelist

(asshownbelow).



ThesamealertmessageandIncomingFileTransferwindow

shownonthepreviouspagesappearsotherecipientcanaccept

ordeclinethefilebeingsent.



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.MaciDiskFileSharing

Whenyouhavea.Macmembership,you'reassignedagenerous

amountofdatastoragespaceonApple'scomputers.The.Mac

personalstorageiscalledyouriDisk.Itprovidesstoragefor

databackupsaswellasforallsortsoffilesyoucancreatewith

.MacHomePageandiWeb.Moretothepoint,youcanplacefiles

inyouriDisk's"Public"folderforotherstoaccess.



ForlotsmoredetailsaboutusingyouriDisk,includinghowtopassword-protect

it,pleaseseeChapter4,pages5964.



ToopenyouriDisk,fromtheGomenu,choose"iDisk,"then

choose"MyiDisk,"asshownbelow-left.WhenyouriDiskis

mounted,aniDiskiconappearsonyourDesktop,bearingthe

nameofyour.Macmembership.

OrifyouseeaniDiskiconinyourFinderwindowSidebar,as

shownbelowright,justsingle-clickonitandyouriDiskfolders

willappear.



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UploadFilestoYouriDisk"Public"Folder



Usingoneofthethreemethodsabove,opentheiDiskwindow

toseeitsfolders,includingafoldernamed"Public."Remember,

you'relookingatfilesthatareonApple'sservers.Openanother

Finderwindowonyourharddisk(pressCommandN);dragfiles

youwanttosharefromyourharddiskFinderwindowintothe

PubliciDiskfolder.Oncethey'reinyouriDiskPublicfolder,

anyonetowhomyou'vegivenyour.Macusernamecan

downloadthem.



DownloadFilesFroma.MacMember'sPublic

Folder

Todownloadfilesfromsomeoneelse'siDisk"Public"folder,all

youneedisthe.Macusername.(Alsoseethefollowingfour

pagesforanotheroption.)

1. FromtheGomenu(shownabove),choose"iDisk,"then

choose"OtherUser'sPublicFolder...."

2. Enteramember'saccountnameinthe"Membername"

field,thenclick"Connect."

3. Themember'siDiskPublicfoldermountsonyourDesktop.

4. DragfilesfromtheirPublicfoldertoyourownDesktop.



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