Macs have a folder called "Public" for this purpose. See this from Finder's help:
Share files with others using a drop box
To give a copy of a file to another user, you can copy the file to the person’s Drop Box.
- Open the user’s Public folder (in their home folder in the Users folder on your hard disk).
- Hold down the Option key and drag the file to the Drop Box in the user’s Public folder.
- Click the desktop to make sure you’re in the Finder, and then choose Go > Computer.
- Double-click the icon for your computer’s internal disk (usually named Macintosh HD) to open its folder.
- Open the Users folder, and then open the folder for the person to whom you’re giving a file.
- Open the user’s Public folder, and then drag the file to the Drop Box. To keep a copy of the file for your own use, hold down the Option key while you drag.
Even though you can put items in another user’s Drop Box, you can’t open any Drop Box except your own.
Thanks guys for the prompt replies
But dragging into the Drop Box , will this be duplicating the files?
but for photos , if I wanna share between users, say, I have my photos in my iPhoto / Aperture library, and I would like the other users of the same Mac to see and use them without dragging / duplicating them, is this possible?
or can we simply access them by opening iPhoto/Aperture using the other acc?
Isn' there a 'New' feature on iPhoto / Aperture saying that it uses the same 'Unified' library or something ?
Can this feature help? but how to activate?
If you share your iPhoto Library in iPhoto Preferences, other users on the Mac and on your network can view and use your photos.
You must remained logged in with iPhoto running for others to see the photos. You can use Fast user Switching to do that (Users & Groups System Preferences).
I'm not aware of a new feature allowing what you want. I think what you are talking about is the ability to not store the image files inside of iPhoto's Library. You can index them from any folder. So, I guess you could use that by storing all the image files in the Shared folder and telling iPhoto to leave them there (iPhoto Preferences, Advanced).