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Sending files with AirDrop

From: Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

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Now we are going to look at a new networking feature built into Lion and this is called AirDrop and this is how it works. I am going to open a new Finder window. When I do you are going to see an AirDrop entry here. I click on it and you see the name of my computer at the bottom of the window. So what this is, it's a replacement for something called sneakernet. Back in the old days if you had a file and you wanted to give it to somebody who was across the room from you, what you would have to do is you put it on a floppy disk or you'd put it on a key drive and you'd copy it there and you take it over to the person and say, hey, look here is the file that you wanted, instead of e-mailing it or some other method.

Sending files with AirDrop

Now we are going to look at a new networking feature built into Lion and this is called AirDrop and this is how it works. I am going to open a new Finder window. When I do you are going to see an AirDrop entry here. I click on it and you see the name of my computer at the bottom of the window. So what this is, it's a replacement for something called sneakernet. Back in the old days if you had a file and you wanted to give it to somebody who was across the room from you, what you would have to do is you put it on a floppy disk or you'd put it on a key drive and you'd copy it there and you take it over to the person and say, hey, look here is the file that you wanted, instead of e-mailing it or some other method.

Well Lion has its new method called AirDrop and it makes all the sneakernet stuff unnecessary, because now you can easily copy files from one computer to another computer if that computer is within about 30 feet of you. So I have my AirDrop window open. I am going to ask Ian outside the booth to open his AirDrop window and here he is. So, I can see that he's ready to share. Now note AirDrop works only if each computer has the AirDrop window open. I am going to copy a file over to Ian. Open a new Finder window and I will find a document, let's say this Finances file, and I'll drop it on his icon.

I am then asked if I would like to send it, yes I would, I click Send, and I'm waiting for Ian to accept that. When that goes away it indicates Ian has accepted the file and it's been copied to his computer. Now let's see what it looks like when he sends a file to me. Here is file. You hear a little boip! And here is the file that I need and I can choose one or three things. I can save it, if I do this, I will save it will go into my downloads folder. It was something I don't want, I just click Decline or I can save and open.

I will click Save and Open. It downloads and it opens up in TextEdit because this is the host application. Now I want to show you one other thing here. Suppose Ian sends me a file that I can't open. Well let's try that. Ian go ahead and send me something that I don't have a host application for. Here it is. Again I could save it simply, put into my Downloads folder, but I'm going to try Save and Open. It goes to my Downloads folder but a dialog box appears that says there is no application set to open the document Authors.kml. This is a mapping document. So what do I do? I could choose an application, if I think I have an application on my Mac that will open this, or, and I think this is brilliant, I can click on Search Apps Store.

What would happen now is the Apps Store application would open and it would direct me to an application that can open this. At that point I can download the application. I might have to pay for it or it might be a free application. It's a very cool way to get documents you can't open and then immediately find an application that will open them. In this case I am going to click Cancel. And you would want to send that to me one more time and I will just download it. Here it is, I will just save it. It is into my Downloads folder and sure enough here it is. You notice there are two copies because the first time I saved it and then I was prompted to find an application on the App Store. Here's the second copy when I just saved it. Normally you are just going to get the single copy.

And to leave AirDrop all you have to do is close the AirDrop window and your icon will no longer appear in anyone else's AirDrop window. And that's Airdrop in Lion.

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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