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Modify one iWeb site on more than one Mac Apps
When opening iWeb on another computer that is connected to .Mac, you will be presented with a blank iWeb site to start from scratch, and you cannot open a previously-created iWeb site to edit. The file that keeps track of this all is ~/Library/Application Support/iWeb/Domain.sites

I quickly fixed my setup so that I can use two Macs to edit iWeb without copying a file. I thought of first using iDisk, but my Domain.sites package was already 23MB and the copy was slow. So I decided to use a flash thumb drive. I moved the Domain.sites file to a flash drive that I always carry around with me. Then I deleted the file from the source folder.

I then opened Terminal and typed these two commands:
$ cd ~/Library/Application Support/iWeb
$ ln -s /Volumes/ThumbDriveName/Domain.sites Domain.sites
The first changes into the proper iWeb directory and the second creates a link (sort of like an alias in the Finder) between the file on the thumb drive and the location where iWeb expects to find the file. Obviously, replace ThumbDriveName with the actual name of your thumb drive.

I can now open iWeb on one computer, make changes, eject the drive, go to another computer, open iWeb, make more changes, etc. I hope that Apple can come up with something easier for us in the future, like using iDisk and making the package smaller.
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Modify one iWeb site on more than one Mac
Authored by: albertoricart on Jan 20, '06 08:13:10AM

The sites file is big (huge?), because it contains all your images at full resolution. In some cases it will also contain some monster tiffs (not quite sure how those are getting generated, but relatively small 1MB jpeg can be 'filtered' into a new tiff file that is 37MB+ in size.

Image management in iWeb leaves a lot to be desired (it converts images to pngs that are usually 3-4x the size of the provided jpegs).



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Revenue Generation Machine
Authored by: jscotta on Jan 20, '06 08:20:10AM

It is called, in marketing speak, a revenue generation engine! :-)

Imagine how fast that 1GB of .Mac will be chewed up and how fast the .Mac space upgrades roll in once a few hundred thousand people start using iWeb!!! Better buy your stock now!

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Windows because I have to. OS X because I want to.



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Modify one iWeb site on more than one Mac
Authored by: eduo on Jan 22, '06 01:57:51PM

This shouldn't be a mystery. iWeb saves huge TIFF files because TIFF is the internal format for copying images if you copy an image from an application to another. Copying images and pasting them or even dragging and dropping images from another application (instead of dragging the actual JPG file) will create TIFF files. This is normal and common.

About the PNG files, the reason is probably to use the same format for them all, and since iWeb requires PNG to support rotated images (for the transparency) and it's probably easier to consider normal pics as unrotated ones... well, there.

I'm not saying it's the best option, but I can understand why it was done like that for 1.0.

Me? I'm waiting for additional themes to crop up.

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Modify one iWeb site on more than one Mac
Authored by: eduo on Jan 22, '06 01:58:52PM

This shouldn't be a mystery. iWeb saves huge TIFF files because TIFF is the internal format for copying images if you copy an image from an application to another. Copying images and pasting them or even dragging and dropping images from another application (instead of dragging the actual JPG file) will create TIFF files. This is normal and common.

About the PNG files, the reason is probably to use the same format for them all, and since iWeb requires PNG to support rotated images (for the transparency) and it's probably easier to consider normal pics as unrotated ones... well, there.

I'm not saying it's the best option, but I can understand why it was done like that for 1.0.

Me? I'm waiting for additional themes to crop up.

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Beyond iWeb
Authored by: jscotta on Jan 20, '06 08:39:30AM

I am looking for Apple to provide us with a truly portable Macintosh experience. Wouldn't be great to have a flash drive (FireWire for speed!) that we could move our entire Home folder with us. Then, when we plugged it in to a Mac, it would recognize it as a Mobile Home (without the tornado tie-downs) and log us in to the computer as though we had an account created on that hard drive?

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Windows because I have to. OS X because I want to.



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Beyond iWeb
Authored by: benjamin.kelley on Jan 20, '06 09:11:20AM

That should be very easy to accomplish.
Just create your home directory on a flashdrive, and specify that directory in NI.



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Modify one iWeb site on more than one Mac
Authored by: dberkowicz on Jan 20, '06 10:27:20AM

Really the best solution is to have iWeb able to introspect the remote web site and generate the appropriate local copy via a sync-like function. I believe Dreamweaver does a similar thing and it so allows multiple users on multiple computers the ability to work on the same web site. C'mon Apple you can do better!



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Modify one iWeb site on more than one Mac
Authored by: mark hunte on Jan 20, '06 01:20:23PM

I have already submitted a request to apple to have some sort of syncing.

The more of us that do this the more of a possibility it becomes

http://www.apple.com/feedback/iweb.html

Go for it..

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Modify one iWeb site on more than one Mac
Authored by: mark hunte on Jan 22, '06 04:49:01PM

Another reason for the size is, All those text on shapes you can create get made in to image files. Just found that out when I went to select some text on one of
my pages and it came away as an image.

I see that as a pain, if I later want to edit the page in an external editor, I will
have to remember not to make these kind of objects.

For thoes of you looking to stopping people copying you text from your webpages.
Then these objects may be your answer

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mh



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Modify one iWeb site on more than one Mac
Authored by: JimAkin on Mar 06, '06 10:55:44AM

Great Hint, but I couldn't get the first command line to work without escaping the space character in the directory path; I did so by placing quotes around Application Support:

cd ~/Library/"Application Support"/iWeb

A space in the name of my thumb drive (it's actually an iPod shuffle) prompted me to use the same trick in the second command line:

ln -s /Volumes/"ThumbDrive Name"/Domain.sites Domain.sites

Cheers.

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Jim

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Modify one iWeb site on more than one Mac
Authored by: itsprestonm on Apr 10, '06 05:18:58PM

Actually...it is a crap-ton easier than what has been posted here. All one has to do is, as above, move the file onto a USB drive. Easy enough. Then on the new machine, find that same iWeb folder. (Be sure to save any current site that may currently inhabit that folder in an alternate location for now or your friend will probably be upset with you for killing his/her site.) Now, simply drag your Domain.site file into that folder and open iWeb. Bam. You're done. Enjoy. No use of terminal or commands.



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