Files Across Platforms:
Following is a brief summary of the techniques
for porting files across platforms.
There are basically two ways to port files
between Macintosh® and Windows® platforms:
1. Over a network or . . .
2. Via removable media.
Porting Files Over a Network
The small office, home office (SOHO) graphic
artist or web designer is more likely to use Windows
95 or Windows 98 rather than Windows NT. Windows 98
Second Edition (Windows 98 SE) offers Internet Connection
ICS uses DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol) and will cause the PC to be a DHCP server.
The DHCP server will assign an IP address (Internet
Protocol address) to each client computer on the network.
A DHCP server will assign an IP address
to a Macintosh computer running Mac OS 8.5 or higher
and, as such, will allow connectivity between Macs®
The Macintosh Power Mac®
(PowerPC) will recognize the PC file system. Microsoft®
Windows 95 or Windows 98 will not recognize the Macintosh
file system. Accordingly, when sharing files across
platforms on a local area network (LAN), always use
the Mac as the client and the PC as the server.
Installing PC MACLAN on a PC will allow
direct drag-and-drop file sharing using the Finder on
An alternate method for sharing files
on a LAN is to use FTP. Setup the PC as an FTP server
and the Mac as an FTP client.
Porting Files Using Removable Media
A Power Mac will read and write directly
to a PC-formatted disk. Accordingly, use a PC-formatted
disk to port files between a Mac and a PC whenever possible.
If you have a PC and someone gives you
a Mac-formatted disk, you must use a third-party utility
(such as MacDrive® or MacOpener®)
on the PC to read from or write to the disk.