Sharing Files via the Share Menu
Yosemite includes a way of sharing files from almost anywhere via Share menu. You can use a Share menu (indicated by an icon of an arrow pointing out of a rectangle) to quickly send a file through a variety of different means, including AirDrop (discussed earlier in this chapter), Messages, and other online services.
Sharing Files via Messages
A simple example of the Share menu is using it to share a file via Messages. To do this, either open the file or select it in the Finder, and then follow these instructions:
- Click the Share icon.
Choose Messages from the drop-down menu.
- A panel appears with the file added as an attachment.
- Add the user that you want to send the file to.
Click Send to send the file and get back to work!
Uploading Files to an Online Service
Using Yosemite, you can now share your files with the world via a number of online services—such as Facebook, Vimeo, and Flickr—without even needing to touch a web browser. Vimeo is a great popular destination for videos on the Internet, so we’ll use that as our example. To upload a video to the online service of your choice, first make sure you’ve added an account for the service as described in Chapter 4, “Setting Up iCloud and Internet Accounts,” and then follow these steps:
- Locate the movie file you want to upload, and click the Share icon.
Choose the online destination (in this case, Vimeo) from the pop-up menu.
- Enter a title, description, and a set of keywords (called Tags) to describe the video.
- Set the video as Personal, if desired. This limits viewing of the video to individuals who you share it with via the Vimeo website. Please note that these settings may vary between the various online services supported in Yosemite.
The Movie Export window appears and displays the status of the encoding process.
When finished, a link to the video is displayed. Your movie is available online.