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  Using a PC MACLAN Network:
Part Two

Viewing PC Files In The Finder on The Mac®

When working with PC files on the Macintosh®, the icons you see will depend on whether they are being viewed through the network or on removable media. For example, if you load a PC formatted Zip® disk into Macintosh, the icons will display according to the File Exchange settings on the Mac. File Exchange determines the applications on the Mac that are associated with PC files. In the screen shot below, the Finder displays PC GIF files with Microsoft® Internet Explorer® icons because, in this case, GIF files are associated with Microsoft Internet Explorer in File Exchange.

PC MACLAN has its own file mapping. If you were to view the PC's hard drive over the network, then the Finder will display PC files according to the file mapping setup in PC MACLAN. In the screen shot below, the Finder displays PC GIF files with QuickTime® PictureViewer icons because GIF files are mapped to PictureViewer in PC MACLAN.

When working with files on the Macintosh, it obtains icons from applications on the Mac's drive. However, when viewing a PC file over the network, if there is no matching application on the Macintosh then PCMACLAN will provide an icon if it has one. This is fundamental to how PC MACLAN works. It has a wide variety PC file types already mapped to the Macintosh and stores their file type and creator codes along with their icons on the PC. As we will see later, you can map new file types or change existing file mapping. This determines which applications are associated with them on the Mac along with the icons that are displayed.

Once PC MACLAN passes the file type and creator code of a PC file to the Mac, it will keep track of it as long as you don't move the file using the PC. The Macintosh treats the file as one of its own. For example, you can drag and drop the file onto a Macintosh application for editing:

When you save the file, it will have a new creator code and icon. This will remain the case as long as the file is not moved using the PC.

This is about as seamless as you can get. It virtually extends the Macintosh's disk drives. You can copy files, edit them, then save them to the PC's drive as if they were files on a Macintosh drive. As long as you are working with the data fork and not the resource fork, this will be the case. You can freely share most all documents, clip art and images. You can store them on the PC or the Mac and copy them to either platform whenever you want.

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