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Disc2
09-14-2010, 09:48 PM
Not sure where to begin. I would like to move files from my home computer to my studio computer elsewhere via internet (hard drive to hard drive). Are there any special software to do that? Never tried this before. Gurus please help. thanks

unclemac
09-14-2010, 10:13 PM
Lots of different ways to go.

Machine to machine, over the internet......you could look at one of the old stand-bys like Timbuktu. But these days there are lots to choose from, and for pretty good prices. Many are cross platform, and browser driven, such as Logmein (https://secure.logmein.com/US/products/pro2/). I use the free version and am very happy with it for remote control, no data transfers. Paid version gives you data transfer. Sharetool (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/sharetool/) looks very cool, though I have not used the new release (version 2). TeamViewer (http://www.teamviewer.com/index.aspx) is very well liked too, though I am not 100% sure it can be used on an unattended machine.

Biggest thing to keep in mind is that unless you have a static IP on the box you are connecting to, you need a tool that easily keeps track of it for you. Back in the day one had to learn and use Dynamic DNS, but most tools have it all built in and seamless now, in a very Mac-like way. It just works.

Damien
09-15-2010, 04:16 AM
iChat does screen sharing... where you take complete control of the remote computer. Of course someone would need to give permission on the other end....

Or not...

Have a look at this (http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20080715205905862)

Disc2
09-16-2010, 01:49 PM
Thanks,
I'll let you know the results in 2 weeks until we move to another location.

unclemac
09-16-2010, 10:43 PM
Cool about the auto connect trick with iChat.

Logmein free is much easier and more secure, though screen sharing only in the free version. Actually, I have never moved data with iChat. Painless??

So, there is a huge list of alternatives to logmein over at alternativeto (http://alternativeto.net/software/logmein/?profile=mac&platform=mac)......which is cool site.

Oh, and completely forgot to mention that there are a whole host of file sync tools out there if you don't need to see the desktop, just grab files (or send files), such as DropBox, SugarSync, etc (http://alternativeto.net/software/dropbox/).

Damien
09-17-2010, 12:23 PM
just like sending a picture. drag it to a chat window and hit enter.

As for the iChat screen sharing I have only used it once but it seems typically Apple... so stupidly easy that many looking for a more complex solution can't figure it out

That reminds me of the time I asked my friend who introduced me to Macintosh, how to copy something to a floppy disk..... (circa OS 7/Win3.1)

Disc2
09-19-2010, 09:33 PM
I remember that I have fetch on both computers and might try keeping the files where we subscribe a hosting plan. I am not sure which is faster in a way, to transfer files across the internet from computer to another or to send files to our host and retrieve it there and back. Any thoughts?
BTW, I am talking about hundreds of image files from a 15MP camera. I am not sure how long will it take to do that anyway.

unclemac
09-19-2010, 11:02 PM
DropBox is the fastest I have seen so far. Almost too good to be true.....not sure what their magic is, but it works for me.