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Most popular applications use the exact same file formats making it easy to exchange documents with PC users or to migrate existing files (documents, pictures, music, etc.) from a PC to the Mac. Not only are the files compatible with the Mac, it’s really simple to share them as well.

Mail attach Send an Email
Email is a very popular way to share files. Macs handle attachments just like a PC — using the Internet standard MIME types. This means you can attach a photo to an email and send it to a friend or relative or attach a Word document and send it to a co-worker. The person receiving it will be able to open it perfectly. Conversely, you can receive photos, movie clips or documents sent to you by a PC user and open them with a single click.

Use this quick guide for some basic tips on using email to share your Windows files efficiently with your new Macintosh. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

SMBOpen a Network Connection
Macs can connect to the same networks as PCs and share files over the network using the SMB/CIFS file sharing protocol. This means you can connect one Mac to one PC using an Ethernet cable or connect a Mac into a large, managed corporate network and exchange files with others in your company. If you have wired or wireless home networking equipment, you can move files, such as digital photos or video footage, between your Mac and your other connected PCs. With available VPN solutions, you can connect your Mac remotely to your employer’s network to access the files you need. Find out more about sharing files in cross-platform environments.

CD Burn a CD
Macs and PCs both read and write to the same standard for data CDs. This means you can use the same writeable blank CD media to burn your own CDs on a Mac and exchange them with others using a PC. Conversely, data CDs created on a PC can be read on a Mac. Both Macs and PCs can use the same standard, called ISO 9660, when burning data CDs. CDs make a great replacement for the floppy because of their greater storage capacity and durability.

Zip Copy To an External Drive
Macs can read Windows formatted disks, making it easy to exchange Zip disks, portable hard drives or other portable media between Macs and PCs. For example, you might format a removable disk on a PC at your work, copy files to it, insert the disk into a Mac at home and transfer the files. Mac OS X can also mount the PC standard FAT and FAT32 formatted volumes.

If you’ve still got a stack of old floppy disks you need to transfer, Macs can handle the job. All you need is a USB equipped external floppy drive like the SmartDisk Titanium. Just plug it in to the Mac’s USB port (all new Macs have USB) and you’ll be transferring your Windows files in minutes.

You can also use an iPod or other FireWire hard drive for high-speed transfers, provided your PC has a IEEE 1394 port. All new Macs have FireWire ports, so you can plug in both hard drives and DV camcorders.

This quick guide will walk you through the basic steps to share files efficiently using Zip cartridges, hard drives, CD-R, CD-RW and DVD-R. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

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