One of the things demoed by Phil Schiller when MobileMe was introduced was the ability to easily share files on your iDisk with others. The idea was that you’d select a file on the iDisk, choose to share it, and then add password protection and/or an expiration date for the link.
Then you’d key in the email address(es) of those you want to share the file with, and they’d get an email with a download link.
It all looked pretty slick, but there was just one little thing wrong: When MobileMe went live, this feature was MIA.
Well, not any more.
I tested the feature (with password) and it worked as advertised. One thing you’ll notice is that there’s a new “folder” listed on your iDisk in MobileMe. It’s called Shared Files, and is of course empty at first, but immediately contains a reference to any files you share.
Keep in mind you can only select one file to Share at a time. If you have multiple files you’d like to share, to avoid sending links for each one I suggest the following:
- Select all the files.
- From the Actions menu (Gear icon), select Compress.
- A file called Archive will be created on the iDisk.
- Now just Share the Archive file as usual.
When the user downloads Archive (on the Mac, at least), it’s automatically expanded into the original files.
I think this is a pretty slick solution for sharing a few files with someone as opposed to trying to have them navigate your Public folder. Especially if the intended recipient is not technically savvy. Getting an email with a download link is about as simple as it gets.