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Install by Dragging

If you have software already installed on a Mac running OS X, it is sometimes possible to drag that software folder to another Mac through your file sharing connection, or drag it from a Zip disk or a CD onto another Mac. This isn’t the best way to install most software because some applications put files in various Library folders as they go through the installation process, but it will usually work. Remember, though, that when you buy software, you don’t really buy the software—you buy the right to use that software on one computer, so you can’t be dragging your $600 version of Photoshop onto all your friends’ computers. You can, however, give all your friends a copy of freeware (such as Acrobat Reader) or shareware programs, provided your friends know where to send their small shareware fee.

There is one important thing to know about dragging software files or folders from one Mac to another. Every file or folder, when dragged to another computer, comes along with its access privileges. These access privileges can limit who uses the software. If it’s an extremely useful freeware product such as Acrobat Reader and you plan to install it into the general Applications folder so everyone can use it, you want to make sure it is accessible to everyone who uses that Mac. You must be the Admin user to change the privileges.


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