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Drag-copy files while using screen sharing via iChat Apps
I have recently been working with two Macs simultaneously -- a laptop and a desktop iMac -- and have been trying to solve the problems of browsing and copying files from one computer to the other. The usual advice is to use Snow Leopard's built-in Screen Sharing, which does not support dragging to copy files between computers, supplemented with an open-source program like teleport, which does. (Note that 10.5 and 10.6 support the dragging and copying of individual text selections; just not other data types or entire files.)

After finding teleport too unstable for daily use, I've arrived at this solution.

Unlike Screen Sharing in the Finder, iChat's screen sharing mode does support dragging and copying files between computers. To take advantage of this, create an additional AIM screen name for yourself. Sign into that new screen name, and out of your usual screen name, on one computer. If you do not have physical access to the other computer -- or simply enjoy halls of mirrors -- you can carry out this action remotely, using Snow Leopard's built-in Screen Sharing. Now ask to share the other computer's screen in iChat, and accept your own request on it (again, using built-in Screen Sharing to control the other computer as needed).

You are now ready to drag and drop files from one computer to the other through iChat to your heart's content, overcoming a frustrating limitation of Snow Leopard's built-in Screen Sharing.

[robg adds: I'm almost positive this same trick works in 10.5, too.]
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Drag-copy files while using screen sharing via iChat
Authored by: asmeurer on Sep 29, '09 07:54:44AM

Is it necessary to use AIM? Won't this work with Bonjour, which would be both faster and more secure because it would never leave your local network?



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Drag-copy files while using screen sharing via iChat
Authored by: ddemeo on Sep 29, '09 08:02:31AM

I just use dropbox. It's so much easier.



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Drag-copy files while using screen sharing via iChat
Authored by: stephennew on Sep 29, '09 08:39:10AM

Use DropCopy, its is made to do just this process.



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Drag-copy files while using screen sharing via iChat
Authored by: David Allen on Sep 29, '09 02:54:12PM

I have always just used Finder and connect to anther Mac on my LAN. Two Finder windows, one for your Mac and one for the other Mac, and you can drag and drop to your heart's content in both directions.

Add Screen sharing and you can pretty much do whatever you want and never leave you own Mac. Throw in WakeOnLAN and you can wake the other Macs at will.

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Drag-copy files while using screen sharing via iChat
Authored by: michelcolman on Sep 30, '09 03:41:16AM

I don't understand why you don't just use File Sharing to copy the files. You can browse through the other computer's hard disk and home folder and copy back and forth as much as you like. Why would you want to send files via iChat to some distant server and back again?



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Drag Copy exists in Screen Sharing on Snow Leopard
Authored by: ALinecker on Sep 30, '09 01:26:34PM

So, you can do drag copies with the Screen Sharing software in Snow Leopard without any tweaking.

Try this.

1) Screen Share with someone.
2) Click on a file you want to copy and drag it to the small picture-in-picture window. It was say "Send to...".
3) DON'T UNCLICK!!
4) If you keep the button held down, screensharing will switch to the other screen after a second or so and then you can place the file exactly where you want it. It works very well.



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Drag Copy exists in Screen Sharing on Snow Leopard
Authored by: ALinecker on Sep 30, '09 11:17:02PM

Misread the original post and see now after rereading he was actually using this. I guess one thing that could be added to the original post workflow is having ichat automatically accept the Share My Screen request.

You can highlight the account name you want to automatically accept, and then Get Info. In the Alerts section, you can set Event: Invitation to Share My Screen and then check run AppleScript: Auto Accept.applescript.



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