Sharing Files

==Dropbox==
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}}[https://www.dropbox.com/ Dropbox] can be used to host files that you want to share with others. The basic sharing service is [https://www.dropbox.com/pricing free] or you can [https://www.dropbox.com/pricing pay] for more space. For most people wanting to share a few smaller files, the free service should be fine.

The best way to get additional space is to be referred by someone that has a Dropbox account already. Not only will you receive a bonus amount of storage space but the referrer will also. Any time Dropbox is mentioned in ACL chat, the magic genie FastEddy will appear and offer you a referral. Be warned that declining his offer may offend him. LOL

* [https://www.dropbox.com/help/90 How do I add or upload files to my Dropbox?]
* [https://www.dropbox.com/help/15 Is there any way to get more space?]

=== Sharing your files with the new Share button ===

Files located anywhere within your Dropbox may be shared by first single clicking the file through dropbox.com and then selecting the share button. A window will open containing a unique URL and ability to send an email to one or more person (n.b. the email section can be ignored when sharing links in chat). You can optionally configure shared urls to expire (or manually remove it later) to make the file private again.

Files shared using the newer share method have a URL in the format of: ''<nowiki>https://www.dropbox.com/s/{a-random-string}/{filename.extension}</nowiki>''.

* [https://www.dropbox.com/help/19 How do I share files and folders with other people?]

=== Sharing files from your Public folder (for accounts created prior to 2014) ===

Files placed into the Public folder can be shared by selecting a file and selecting copy public link through the dropbox.com website.

Files shared using the Public folder method have a URL in the format of: ''<nowiki>https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/{user-id}/{path}/{to}/{filename.extension}</nowiki>''.

* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCx8lZPEpx4 Posting a picture stored on your computer into ACL chat by ѕυρєямαη] [[image:Youtube_icon.gif]]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgA9zNPPVg4 Episode 13: Dropbox Public Folder] [[image:Youtube_icon.gif]]

==SugarSync==
[https://www.sugarsync.com/ SugarSync] is a service similar to Dropbox. (does have a monthly Fee)

==YouTube==
[http://www.youtube.com/ YouTube] is a popular place to post videos. You can set them to to public or private.
ACL YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/AusChristmasLighting

==Vimeo==
[http://www.vimeo.com/ Vimeo] is another popular place to post videos.
https://vimeo.com/groups/auschristmaslighting even have our own page. So would love to see you upload your display videos here also.

==Screencast==
[http://www.screencast.com/ Screencast] is also good for storing and sharing files. You can set up public and private folders. It also works in conjunction with [http://www.techsmith.com/snagit.html Snagit] and [http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html Jing].

==Posting Links==
Once you have your picture, video or other file uploaded on the Internet, you can share it with others in the forum or chat.

===ACL Forum===
You can can simply paste the link to your file into ACL forum and it will show up as a hyperlink.

Pictures can be embedded in a post:
* Press the image icon just above the text box
* Paste the link into the text box that pops up
* Press OK and it show appear in the post preview

To embed a YouTube or Vimeo video in an ACL post, simple past the link into the normal text area. Once you post (or preview) it will show up as the familiar video box.

===ACL Chat===
You can can simply paste the link to your file into ACL chat and it will show up as a hyperlink.

Pictures can be embedded in the chat screen:
* Paste the link into the text box (CTRL+V)
* Highlight the link (can press CTRL+A)
* Press the image button just under text box
* Press submit button or Enter key

'''OR'''
* Press the image button just under text box
* Paste the link into the text box (CTRL+V)
* Press submit button or Enter key

Videos can't be embedded in ACL chat. They will just show up as hyperlinks like other file types.

==Copyright==
When sharing files on ACL, please make sure you're entitled to do so. Keep the ACL forum rules in mind.

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