File Sharing in Parallels Access 3.0


There are a number of great features in the recently released Parallels Access 3.0, but the one I believe that I’ll use the most is the ability to share files directly from my Mac, without any uploading to a cloud service.

Don’t get me wrong—I love the Cloud, and Dropbox has saved me more times than I can count. But sometimes I don’t want the bother of uploading the file to the Cloud as the first step in getting a file to a friend. Maybe the file is too large for the amount of free space in my Cloud; maybe I don’t have the time to upload it; or maybe something else gets in the way. Being able to quickly generate a link to the file and mail that link to my friend is just so convenient.

In the video below, I share a 4.0 GB file using Parallels Access 3.0. The steps are really simple:

  • Launch Parallels Access and connect to the remote computer that has the file you want to share.
  • Select that file in the Universal File Manager of Parallels Access.
  • Tap on the “Generate a Link” button.
  • Send that link to your friend via email or text message.
  • When your friend clicks on that link, the file will be downloaded to their computer.

Watch these steps in action:

I hope you find this as useful a new feature as I do! Have you downloaded Parallels Access 3.0 yet?


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Kurt has been a Mac developer since before the Mac came out. Today he is the Senior Product Manager at Parallels where he works on both Parallels Desktop for Mac and Parallels Access. Prior to Parallels, he was the Senior Mac Evangelist in the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft Corp. Kurt is the author of three books and has lectured internationally on object-oriented programming, UI design, and virtualization. Kurt is also a Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional for 2014 and 2015. Outside of work, Kurt has been a fencer for many years, has four times been a member of the US team at the world championships, and has also been the coach of the US team:

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