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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Glenn Wolsey, Feb 5, 2006.
What exactly is the drop box? I cant find an explanation anywhere.
It's a place in your Home folder that is accessible to others. Basically, then can "drop" files in there for you to get later.
To others? Who is "others"?
I think pretty much anyone on your network.
It's essentially the same as the shared folder in the windows world.If you are on a network other pc/mac's can access this folder and it's content.
Think of it has an In Box on a desk. Someone has something for you to see or do, they drop it in your In Box. Although on my computer, my Drop Box is a collection of screen grabs, photos, graphics, etc all for insprirational purposes for my design work. I have it on my dock and just drag files to it.
The drop box is write only, unless you specific otherwise. Actually, Apple's lay term for any folder or drive that is write only is "drop box." (Side note: Apple once included a schematic for a WOM, Write Only Memory, chip in it's Apple ][ manual. My father never got why that was funny). If you Get Info on a folder, drive, etc, you can change it's status under Ownership & Permissions.
For instance, if your a teacher you might want students to save documents in a common place, but not be able to retrieve them.
I micromanage shared network folders. I have only one shared network folder. In it there is a folder for back and forth sharing, a drop box, and folders for uploads and downloads.