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Take Control of Sharing Files in Tiger
Apr 29, 2005

Take Control of Sharing Files in Tiger

No Mac is an island when it comes to sharing files. In this detail-packed ebook, networking expert Glenn Fleishman makes file sharing easy, whether it’s between two Macs on a local network, among a mixed-platform office workgroup, or between far-flung computers on the Internet. Learn how to set up Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger to share files with Macs, Windows, and Unix machines using AppleShare, Samba, FTP, the Web, and WebDAV. Glenn shows you how to avoid the risks of sharing files across the Internet, provides instructions for accessing shared files from common operating systems, and explains how to enhance Tiger’s file sharing with SharePoints. Extra section—learn all the ways to share music and photos across a network with iTunes and iPhoto!

Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like:

  • Which technique should I use to share my files?
  • How do I set up my Mac as a file server?
  • How do I restrict what users can do after logging in?
  • How can my Windows-using colleagues access my shared files?
  • What’s the best way to connect to a file server from my Mac?
  • What types of security should I set up? Do I need a firewall?
  • The built-in FTP server seems limited. What do you suggest instead?
  • Are there any utilities that make it easier to configure file sharing?
  • How do I share iPhoto photos? What about songs from iTunes?

Looking for info about Leopard or Snow Leopard? In either case, we recommend that you purchase Take Control of Sharing Files in Snow Leopard.

Update Plans

October 2009 – We have no plans to update the Tiger edition of this book, but a new Snow Leopard edition is now available. Please note that the Snow Leopard edition also covers Leopard as well as many other details that have changed between 2007 and 2009. The Leopard edition is being discontinued; Leopard users should use the Snow Leopard edition.

Posted by Adam Engst

  1. Minor Update Info

    Relatively little has changed in Apple’s approach to sharing files in Tiger since the last release of the ebook. However, there are changes in some third-party programs I wanted to make readers aware of.

    File-Sharing Management Programs

    Two of my favorite pieces of software for managing file sharing services under Mac OS X achieved Tiger compatibility. PureFTPd Manager, the graphical interface for the excellent Pure-FTPd FTP server software, reached Tiger compatibility back with version 1.4.4; it’s now at 1.6.3.

    And SharePoints went up to date for Tiger in mid-2005; it’s software that lets you bypass Apple’s simplified and missing configuration for AppleShare and Samba file sharing. Version 3.5.2 is Tiger compatible; the developer hasn’t released updates since May 2005.

    Both tools are donationware, so please remember to contribute to the developers through links on their sites if you find their software part of your regular routine.

    New File Transfer Programs

    In 2006, two interesting new options for exchanging files emerged that work across multiple platforms and employ good security. Both options rely on a special set of text that’s sent to a recipient that uses that to “claim” the file. Files are transferred using good, strong security. The week link in both systems is that anyone with the claim check can retrieve a file without any additional authentication.

    Civil Netizen works on a peer-to-peer basis, in which the software turns your computer into a kind of FTP server with none of the complexity. The software is free and in beta. The only centralized element is a registry in which information is stored that allows a recipient to pull up the right details to access your computer to retrieve a file.

    Pando works more like a repository, in that you upload your file to their servers, and send a recipient a retrieval note that allows them to pull down the file. Pando allows files up to one gigabyte (GB) in size during its beta period; it will remain free, apparently. In March 2007, I wrote a TidBITS article about using Pando for one-to-many downloads.

    Better Control for AppleShare-over-IP with Old Systems

    If you’re still running versions of System 7, or Mac OS 8 or 9, and want to add or get better control over AppleShare-over-IP, purchase and install Open Door Software’s Shareway IP. This software used to cost $79, but the company reduced the price to $39 after Tiger shipped, and just $29 for educational users.

    Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)

The Author

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, the New York Times, Wired, the Atlantic, and the Economist. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.