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It's easy to jump online and be productive with Mac OS X, but it's also easy to stop there. Many users haven't explored the depth and richness of this powerful operating system and the applications that come with it. In Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics, Chris Breen helps those who are already comfortable with Mac OS X discover new features in everyday applications like Mail, iCal, and Safari. He also explores the often overlooked "power user" tools, including Terminal, Disk Utility, and Automator, and provides troubleshooting and maintenance tips.
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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