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Copying files with Bluetooth File Exchange

From: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics

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You know that you can move data across a network via a Mac's 802.11 wireless connection and of course over a wired ethernet connection but most Macs offer yet one more way to move data over the air and not just Macs but other compatible devices. Of course I am talking about Bluetooth, the short range, not terribly fast wireless transfer protocol. One of the major means for moving data over Bluetooth is the aptly named Bluetooth File Exchange, which you find in the Utilities folder. It's pretty darn easy to use.

Copying files with Bluetooth File Exchange

You know that you can move data across a network via a Mac's 802.11 wireless connection and of course over a wired ethernet connection but most Macs offer yet one more way to move data over the air and not just Macs but other compatible devices. Of course I am talking about Bluetooth, the short range, not terribly fast wireless transfer protocol. One of the major means for moving data over Bluetooth is the aptly named Bluetooth File Exchange, which you find in the Utilities folder. It's pretty darn easy to use.

First make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your Mac, launch Bluetooth File Exchange and you will be prompted for the File you would like to copy through a Bluetooth device such as a PDA phone or other Mac. Choose that file and in the Send File dialog box that appears, select a Bluetooth device and click Send. So we are going to send this little file here called proteus. Here's my phone, click Send. We connect to the device and sure enough it transfers over to the phone when it accepts the file.

Now on a Mac receiving files over a Bluetooth, by default the receiver has the option to accept all documents coming from this device. You can change this setting in the Bluetooth sharing pane within the sharing system preference so that you can always accept. Bluetooth File Exchange can also pull data from the Bluetooth device, so choose File, Browse Device, select your device, click Browse, and you will see the contents of that device. Here's my phone, I would like to work in the Pictures folder, let's see, I think I would like to get this chess picture here, and all I have to do at this point is click Get.

It has to save that. Click Save. Now look at My Documents folder to make sure I actually got it. Here it is, click Chess, it opens the preview and there is my jpeg file. So it transferred just fine. Now open the top on the toolbar you will see the new folder option. This is not something that's going to work on my phone because it doesn't allow me to create new directories on it. However if I am connected to a Macintosh and I click new folder, as long as I have permission granted by the person running that Mac, I can create a new folder there and then put files into that folder.

Also on a Mac if I choose to and I have permission to, I can select items and delete them as well. And that's the workings of Bluetooth File Exchange.

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  1. 2m 34s
    1. Welcome
      2m 34s
  2. 7m 20s
    1. Getting settled into the interface
      3m 47s
    2. Moving more quickly on your Mac
      3m 33s
  3. 18m 44s
    1. Changing languages with the International system preference
      7m 28s
    2. Adding security with the Security system preference
      5m 30s
    3. Configuring a firewall with the Security system preference
      5m 46s
  4. 28m 26s
    1. Adding a Bluetooth device with the Bluetooth system preference
      4m 6s
    2. Configuring your display with the Displays system preference
      6m 46s
    3. Configuring your input devices with the Keyboard & Mouse system preference
      5m 43s
    4. Printing and faxing with the Print & Fax system preference
      8m 15s
    5. Setting the Sound system preference
      3m 36s
  5. 35m 18s
    1. Setting up your MobileMe account with the system preference pane
      8m 36s
    2. Configuring your network connection with the Network system preference
      15m 46s
    3. Sharing your computer with the Sharing system preference
      10m 56s
  6. 41m 33s
    1. Understanding the Accounts system preference
      5m 46s
    2. Creating a new account with the Accounts system preference
      5m 31s
    3. Limiting access with the Parental Controls system preference
      10m 18s
    4. Updating your Mac with the Software Update system preference
      3m 54s
    5. Using Speech
      4m 19s
    6. Changing your startup disk with the Startup Disk system preference
      3m 17s
    7. The Universal Access system preference: The basics
      5m 44s
    8. The Universal Access system preference: VoiceOver
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 14s
    1. Tweaking your account settings
      6m 53s
    2. Organizing and viewing messages
      3m 30s
    3. Filtering mail with Rules
      11m 45s
    4. Importing and exporting mail
      3m 52s
    5. Mail tips
      7m 14s
  8. 14m 2s
    1. Creating complex iCal events
      4m 17s
    2. Publishing and subscribing to calendars
      4m 39s
    3. Importing and exporting calendars
      1m 47s
    4. Expanding iCal
      3m 19s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Creating complex contacts
      4m 22s
    2. Importing, exporting, and sharing contacts
      5m 10s
    3. Organizing with Groups and Smart Groups
      7m 15s
    4. Printing from your Address Book
      2m 8s
  10. 17m 17s
    1. Doing more with Bookmarks
      3m 27s
    2. Covering your tracks
      3m 26s
    3. Working locally
      3m 54s
    4. Expanding Safari with Saft and PithHelmet
      6m 30s
  11. 54m 3s
    1. Monitoring your computer with Activity Monitor
      8m 31s
    2. Configuring an airport base station with Airport Utility
      4m 10s
    3. Configuring manual settings on an airport base station
      6m 16s
    4. Copying files with Bluetooth File Exchange
      2m 36s
    5. Setting up a partition with Boot Camp Assistant
      2m 36s
    6. Console
      5m 40s
    7. Storing your passwords with Keychain Assistant
      3m 45s
    8. Using keychain access for more than just passwords
      4m 22s
    9. Transferring user accounts with Migration Assistant
      4m 0s
    10. Monitoring your network with Network Utility
      6m 43s
    11. Using System Profiler
      5m 24s
  12. 23m 3s
    1. Understanding Disk Utility
      2m 18s
    2. Verify and repairing with Disk Utility
      3m 14s
    3. Formatting and partitioning with Disk Utility
      4m 28s
    4. Configuring a RAID with Disk Utility
      4m 13s
    5. Creating disk images with Disk Utility
      5m 34s
    6. Burning CDs with Disk Utility
      3m 16s
  13. 18m 18s
    1. Introducing the Terminal
      1m 36s
    2. Essential Terminal commands
      9m 58s
    3. Using the manuals
      1m 20s
    4. More useful Terminal commands
      5m 24s
  14. 7m 9s
    1. Changing permissions
      4m 27s
    2. Enabling the root user
      2m 42s
  15. 19m 18s
    1. Automator essentials
      1m 18s
    2. Creating an Automator workflow
      6m 52s
    3. Mailing images easily
      2m 42s
    4. Creating a timed backup system
      3m 10s
    5. Playing songs randomly from iTunes
      2m 27s
    6. Recording automation
      2m 49s
  16. 16m 13s
    1. Using the Calculator
      3m 16s
    2. Using Font Book
      3m 25s
    3. Importing and managing fonts in Font Book
      5m 1s
    4. Syncing your devices with iSync
      4m 31s
  17. 20m 13s
    1. Keeping your computer healthy
      8m 15s
    2. Using Disk Warrior
      3m 41s
    3. Using Onyx
      8m 17s
  18. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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