Apple has improved their MobileMe service ($99/yr) to make it far easier to share any file with a friend or associate.
As before, on your Mac’s desktop you choose Go> iDisk> My iDisk to mount your personal storage space on Apple’s servers, and then drag files or folders onto it for secure offsite storage and access. But now, you can generate an email with a download link by simply logging in to your MobileMe account in a Web browser and clicking the Share File button. You can also optionally add password protection and set an expiration date for the link.
There is no file size limit, so this is a great way to share files that are too big to email. To see a video demo of this feature, go to www.apple.com/mobileme/tutorials/#idisk-share.
And to really learn how to use MobileMe to its fullest extent, I recommend Joe Kissell’s Take Control of MobileMe e-book, available for $10 from Take Control Books.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.