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 Network: Mac: OS X 10.4 Tiger, Configure and Share

Networking in OS X 10.4 Tiger

This document will walk you through setting up your Network Preferences from a Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger computer. It is highly recommended should you run into trouble following these guidelines, you go through them with a certified network technician.
Before Setting up Networking:
  • LabPrints Digital Studio or Production Studio must be installed, registered and updated on each computer
  • Each computer must have at least one project created (this can be a test project)
  • Write down the IP address for each computer, on a Mac this can be found under System Preferences and Sharing.

Different photography studios have varying network setups, which can depend on their workflow and size. Below we have listed three different networking configurations and we highly recommend reading through all of them before setting up your LabPrints network:

  • Central Server Setup: The most recommended setup is to use the fastest computer on the network with the most available disk space as the server. Every other workstation in the studio would read and create projects from this server. This gives you the ability to backup all of your LabPrints data from one location.
  • Multiple Remote Locations Setup: Studios with several part time workers or users with laptops will generally store projects on each individual computer, which could then be shared with the rest of the network. Each remote location would need to be added to other network computers individually.
  • Presentation Setup: Some smaller studios that use only one or two computers may have a separate machine with no projects on its local hard drive (except for one test project), located in a presentation room. This is often a computer that has our LP Projection Tool software installed on it. This machine would just need to network to the other remote locations in the studio, to access those projects for projection and client presentations.
Setting up your Mac System Preferences:
In order to share projects through LP Digital Studio you need to make sure you have the correct sharing permissions set up on all of your Macs.  You can check this by going to System Preferences and then to Sharing under Internet & Network.
You will need to check off the top two boxes, for Personal File Sharing and Windows Sharing.
Always connect to your Networked Macs:
When connecting to a networked computer from a Mac, you will always need to make sure you are connected to that computer first, before going into LP Digital Studio and networking through there. 
You do this by clicking on Network in finder, then selecting the networked computer you want to connect to and clicking Connect....  Often times a log-in prompt will come up, but if you don't have login permissions set up on any of your macs, you can click OK to keep going.
Setting up Preferences within LP Digital Studio:

Setting up networking within the LP Digital Studio software, you will first need to go to Setup dropdown menu, and System Preferences.  Inside this window click on Networking and the button labeled Add Remote Location....

You will then be brought into a finder window, where you will need to select the computer you're networked to on the icon bar to the left.  Once you've selected your networked computer, then click on the LabPrints folder and the Open button.

You will then be asked to add that computer's name or IP address.  We recommend adding in the IP address as opposed to the computer name.

Once you have done this, you will then be able to see the computer you just networked LP Digital Studio to in the Networking Preferences window.
The next step is to go to File dropdown menu, and select Open Project, you will be able to see all your networked projects and will be able to toggle them on and off by selecting the check box at the bottom.

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Article ID: 19
Created On: Thu 24 Apr 2008 13:27


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