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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, master gestures, and achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, Calendar, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, performing maintenance operations using Disk Utility, and offers time-saving techniques for using the Mac efficiently. Along the way, Christopher reviews the 200+ new features in Mountain Lion, which gives even experienced Mac users a valuable head start.
And now time for a little bedtime story. This is a story of how things use to be in the old days. In the old days, when you had a building full of computers and you had a file on one computer, and you wanted to take to another computer and you didn't have a network between them, what you would do is you'd take this thing called a floppy disk and you'd shove it into your computer, and you'd write data to it and would go *ka-chunk*. And eventually the file wwould be written to it, and then you'd eject it and spit it out, and you would get up out of your chair, and you would walk across the floor, and you would find somebody else in their cubicle and you'd say, "Here's the file you wanted." And that was called Sneakernet because everybody in those days wore sneakers.
And then they would copy the file and would go *ka-chunk* *ka-chunk* onto their machine and then they would give you that floppy disk and you would take it back so you would be able to Sneakernet to as well as fro. So we don't have to do that anymore because we have something called AirDrop, and this is how it works. So I will double-click on my hard drive, and notice the AirDrop window. I click on this window, and I see anybody else on my local network who also has their AirDrop window open, and it turns out that Ian has his AirDrop window open too.
Now, instead of all this floppy drive business, I'm going to go to my Documents folder. I'm going to grab something. Let me grab this picture, take it here, go back to AirDrop, there's Ian. So I'll grab this file, I drag it over to Ian, he is then asked to accept it once I press on Send. He has accepted it, and that little blue circle there indicted that it was sending across the network. Now, I'm going to ask Ian to send me a file just so you can see what that looks like.
Now, we have a few options here. The first is Save and Open. That's not something we're going to do, but what would happen is if I chose that, because I have a compatible application that will open that file, that file would indeed move over to my Mac and it would open up, probably in TextEdit. I can also choose to Decline, and I can choose to Save. You may end up with one other option, and that is when you choose to save the thing, and you don't have a compatible application to open it, you will be directed to go to the Mac App Store and purchase that application.
For example, if Ian had sent me a GarageBand file and I didn't have a copy of GarageBand, the Mac is smart enough to know, "Ah, you need GarageBand. Here, let me take you to the Mac App Store where you can get it and then you can use that file." In this case, I'll simply press Save, here comes the file. And it is in my Downloads folder. So I'll look at my Downloads folder, and there it is. The very important Doc that was set over by Ian.
One thing to note, in order for AirDrop to work, you must be using a Wi-Fi connection. So this must be over a Wi-Fi network, thus the name Air as part of this system. Much easier than hiking across the office with a floppy drive, that's AirDrop. I think you're going to like it.
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