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  • DoeJoe Calculating status...
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    Jul 21, 2011 8:06 AM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    You guys are hilarious. Thanks for the levity. Ken download DropCopy from the Mac Appstore. It doe's the same thing. Works great.

  • Satchmo Level 4 Level 4 (1,245 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 8:09 AM (in response to Ian Parkinson)

    Gimme a break. Who would locate such minutae under a mountain of hype? There is no asterisk on the page Apple website page hyping Airdrop.

     

    Apple posted a Knowledgebase article explicating this on July 20.

  • Satchmo Level 4 Level 4 (1,245 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 3:36 PM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    Kenneth Collins1 wrote:

     

    2. Apple has a double designation for it products. My iMac identifies itself as iMac7,1 but when Apple issues a knowledgebase article like this, they different method of identification. Since there is no translation table, I still can't know if the article applies to my computer without some detective work.

     

    Long, long ago, I sent a message to Apple asking them to chose one method of identifying their products or the other. Pick one, I don't care which one; just use one and only one. Using one method in System Information and a completely different method in knowledgebase articles and such requires me to figure stuff out that I shouldn't have to figure out.

     

    Excellent point.

  • Vectorman Calculating status...
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    Jul 22, 2011 4:42 PM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    Here's the part that vexes me.  I have an iMac (2007), MBP (mid 2008 and apparently just missed it) and iMac (2010).  Airdrop only on the 2010 iMac.  I get that the newer Hardware have different Nic chipsets that allow Airdrop to go Mac-to-Mac (Ad-Hoc).  But why couldn't Apple allow Aidrop on all your Macs that can run Lion, and let Airdrop make the determination of which Mac's on your net were newer and could handle 'Ad-Hoc' file transfers, and which Macs were the "uh, older" Macs and let those Macs use your home wifi for the file transfers in-lieu of Ad-Hoc.  Seems like an easy fix to me.

  • Andrei P. Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 23, 2011 1:43 PM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    Airdrop is in the finder right at the top of your directory. It took me a while to find it too. Isn't easy at all. Open your finder window and keep pressing cmd+alt+up until you get to the top and it's there.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,095 points)
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    Jul 23, 2011 1:46 PM (in response to Andrei P.)

    All you need for it to show is to check it in your Finder Preferences - it'll show up in any finder window (that is if your machine supports it).

  • Andrei P. Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 23, 2011 1:53 PM (in response to babowa)

    Mine doesn't show up.

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  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,095 points)
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    Jul 23, 2011 1:59 PM (in response to Andrei P.)

    I'm not sure I understand: your picture shows it right where it is supposed to be and you have it checked.

     

    Now, in order to activate it, you have to do/have two things:

     

    1. Highlight it in the Sidebar

     

    2. Have another Mac with Lion and Airdrop nearby and highlight Airdrop there.

     

    After that, it will be activated and the other Mac's picture will show in the Finder window. If there is no other Mac, absolutely nothing will happen because you can't activate it.

  • Andrei P. Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 23, 2011 2:07 PM (in response to babowa)

    babowa, it's right at the top of the directory. You have to navigate right to the top to get to it. That's why people aren't seeing it at first. Out of those that support it.

  • johnfromimperial Calculating status...
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    Aug 12, 2011 9:59 AM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    In response to your early late question:

     

    When I could not find air drop, I found your blog and checked system info.

     

    Mine says... MacBook 13 inch, EARLY 2008

     

    I didn't know that I could find out about Early or Late and would have kept trying to find Air Drop.

     

    So, I just missed it.

     

    I was hoping to use it between iPod/iPad/iPhone, but I have Mover Connect which works OK.

  • trenchers1 Calculating status...
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    Oct 22, 2011 12:10 PM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    There is a way of force enabling it which worked for me!!

     

    1. Download Deeper (lion version) from here: http://download.cnet.com/Deeper-Lion/3000-2094_4-75542269.html

     

    2. Open the app and click on the "Misc." button in the menu.

     

    3. Tick the last box on the page "Force enable AirDrop"

     

    Finder will then restart.

     

    Hope this helps!

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