Lava Software is shipping a new product, PC-Mac-Net FileShare 1.0, which lets users transfer files securely between any type of Mac and Windows PC system over a Local Area Network (LAN) or the Internet.
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You can pause and resume transfers at any time. Versions are available for Mac OS X, the traditional Mac operating system (7.6.1 and higher), and Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP.
PC-Mac-Net FileShare is designed to provide a bridge between different computer types without requiring complex installation and set up procedures, since it uses standard Internet protocols for all operations. Drop the files you want to transfer into the “Shared” folder on one computer; they can be requested by and transferred to another computer on the network.
File access is protected by 448-bit encryption and connection information (such as your external IP address and password) must be sent via e-mail to your friend operating the remote computer, so their identity is validated via their email address every time you share files with them. If the user trying to get access to your shared files doesn’t know the password you have set, they can’t access anything, including the list of files you’re sharing.
PC-Mac-Net FileShare is fully Mac aware, correctly transferring flat files from Windows PCs and files with resource forks and custom types/creators from other Macs. Files transferred from Wintel systems have their type/creator set automatically, based on the Windows PC file extension. In addition, the software supports native Mac-to-Mac and Windows-to-Windows transfers, which can be useful in some circumstances.
There’s a free demo version at the Lava Software Web site that lets you test drive PC-Mac-Net FileShare for an unlimited time, though only files less than 1MB in size can be transferred. The full version, priced at US$24.95, can transfer files of any size.