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Share Sheet icons throughout OS X Mountain Lion make it easy to share documents via AirDrop, Twitter, Mail, Messages, Flickr or Vimeo, and perform other context sensitive shortcut actions, such as setting an account picture

Apple introduced AirDrop in OS X Lion, making it easy to set up a secure, configuration free file sharing session between two Macs on the same network. In Mountain Lion, Apple makes the feature accessible all over through the new Share Sheets feature.

Share Sheets present a "send" icon familiar to iOS users in a variety of places throughout OS X Mountain Lion, from Quick Look panels to Open File dialogs to Contacts, Safari and Photo Booth.

Clicking on a Share Sheet icon opens a menu displaying a variety of contextually relevant sharing options based on the accounts configured in the "Mail Contacts & Calendars" pane of System Preferences.

Quick Look an image, for example, and Share Sheets present options to send via Email, Message, Twitter, AirDrop or Flickr.




Quick Look a video, and the options change to support Vimeo (but not Google's YouTube, a telling example of the crumbling relationship Apple has with the company. Five years ago, YouTube was the primary video sharing service supported on iPhone.)




AirDrop a file and Share Sheets presents a dialog that searches for nearby Macs with an AirDrop window open in the Finder.




Once a local AirDrop user is discovered, the panel presents the ability to send the selected file to the other user, working just like AirDrop from the Finder.




Twitter presents a similar panel, also derived from the tweeting user interface of iOS, showing a character count and allowing you to add your current location to the tweet if desired. (Again, notably absent from Sharing Sheets is Facebook integration).




Special Share Sheet options are presented by other apps. For example, Photo Booth allows you to select a snapshot and perform typical graphic sharing options as well as options to Add to iPhoto, Set Buddy Picture, Set Account Picture, or Change Twitter Profile Picture.




From Safari, the new toolbar Share Sheet icon offers to Add to Reading List or Add Bookmark, as well as Email, Message or share via Twitter.




Developers familiar with Apple's Sharing Sheets feature noted that the feature is based on a new Sharing Service API, which allows apps to create their own custom user interface for sharing content through the available services configured by the user (such as Twitter). Developers reportedly can also create their own custom services, opening the potential for Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others to define links to their own photo, video and document sharing services.

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I hope that icon expands to other programs (I.e. office, etc). I would prefer clicking the icon, clicking "email" rather than clicking the file menu , going to export, waiting for the arrow- then attach to email.

Just a little saved step, but those add up.

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I can't stand Vimeo, but this would be great with MobileMe galleries. Apple, PLEASE add the gallery function to iCloud!
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No YouTube or Facebook or Instagram or Posterous or Google+ or ? I hope there will be settings to add plugins.
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The "share sheet" button should be implemented on almost all desktop apps.

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I sure hope you can turn it off, and never see it. Even better would be if you could uninstall it. I don't want anything that says "Twitter" in my computer.
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I sure hope you can turn it off, and never see it. Even better would be if you could uninstall it. I don't want anything that says "Twitter" in my computer.

So long as some manageability of what shows up in the Share Sheets menu is given I'm totally happy with it.

Glad to know there's an API as well. I eagerly await my Instapaper option for the Share Sheets menu and perhaps Cloud App if I decide to go with them.

Sky's the limit...just give me options to manage please.
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I sure hope you can turn it off, and never see it. Even better would be if you could uninstall it. I don't want anything that says "Twitter" in my computer.

Twitter doesn't show up unless you've configured an account. But based on your comment, it looks like you are all in favor of being able to share worthless little bits of personal information that nobody cares about. That's what Twitter is for buddy.
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I sure hope you can turn it off, and never see it. Even better would be if you could uninstall it. I don't want anything that says "Twitter" in my computer.

I feel the same way, especially in terms of iOS 5 on my iPhone.

Every time I select a photo and tap sharing option, it shows a "Twitter" row.

I don't tweet, so I don't need that option shown to me every single time.

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Apple, PLEASE add the gallery function to iCloud!

I guess you missed the Flickr option in the article.
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I guess you missed the Flickr option in the article.

One might prefer Apple's gallery service over Flickr.
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One might prefer Apple's gallery service over Flickr.

MobileME is EOL, Flickr exists.
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MobileME is EOL, Flickr exists.

iKnow. And that is why some people want Apple to bring the feature into iCloud.
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This is pretty neat and useful. I don't get why "power users" complain about these kind of UI features. I've been using a Mac for 8+ years, but that the ability to upload things so quickly and ubiquitously is just neat and a little bit fun.

Although, I'd really prefer Facebook integration to Twitter. Maybe by the summer...
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I can't stand Vimeo, but this would be great with MobileMe galleries. Apple, PLEASE add the gallery function to iCloud!

I can't say now Vimeo compares to YouTube, but I'm ready for a video site other then what I currently experience on YouTube; Before I can see the YouTube clip, I have to sit through a commercial as long as the clip, then have the lower third or quarter of the screen blocked by a pop-up ad for Google+ that I have to click a small box to get rid of. Google has ruined what was once a great site.
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It's a good idea to make a GUI control that encompasses all the sharing options. A nod to the world we live in.
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I can't say now Vimeo compares to YouTube, but I'm ready for a video site other then what I currently experience on YouTube; Before I can see the YouTube clip, I have to sit through a commercial as long as the clip, then have the lower third or quarter of the screen blocked by a pop-up ad for Google+ that I have to click a small box to get rid of. Google has ruined what was once a great site.

I would argue that Google actually saved YouTube. YouTube has huge operating costs and it would have gone out of business without all of those ads.
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The Share button works well for quickly sending a link of an webpage but one thing it doesn't do is also include the title. For instance, when you send an email in should include the the subject, when you send a tweet it should include the title in the tweet, and when you send as an iMessage it should use the title in the hyperlink. Now this has worked and still works when choosing File » Mail Link to Page so I assume it just hasn't been done yet.


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I would argue that Google actually saved YouTube. YouTube has huge operating costs and it would have gone out of business without all of those ads.

But Google bought YouTube because it was popular and their Google Video was not. They didn't buy it to save it, they bought it because it was liked by users.

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But Google bought YouTube because it was popular and their Google Video was not. They didn't buy it to save it, they bought it because it was liked by users.

Yeah of course. My point is just that YouTube is incredibly expensive to operate and it couldn't exist without ads, and it only became profitable about a year ago. Google saved it in the sense that they had enough money to run it for many years at a big loss while they figured out how to monetize it. For a long time people thought Google had made a mistake in buying it because its daily costs are so high.
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I can't say now Vimeo compares to YouTube, but I'm ready for a video site other then what I currently experience on YouTube; Before I can see the YouTube clip, I have to sit through a commercial as long as the clip, then have the lower third or quarter of the screen blocked by a pop-up ad for Google+ that I have to click a small box to get rid of. Google has ruined what was once a great site.

That is one of the reasons why I'd rather download a Youtube clip and watch it off-line than view it on the website. A lot of options to download the clips and I don't run into any of the ads.
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No YouTube? No Facebook! Yeah, no one use that. Damn, I hate Apple! And I love them!
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Twitter doesn't show up unless you've configured an account. But based on your comment, it looks like you are all in favor of being able to share worthless little bits of personal information that nobody cares about. That's what Twitter is for buddy.

Hahahahahaha!

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Nice recursive reference in the first picture ("ShareSheet.png").
(The Preview app itself allows sharing)
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YouTube and Facebook might be more useful for population, but I find that Vimeo and Twitter are (respectively against their competitors) much better designed and Apple-esque, and likely both candidates for future acquisitions by Apple.
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2012 should not conclude without Apple acquiring Twitter. Just sayin'

Yes Twitter is not for sale, but that's just talk. They'll eventually sell. And if MS (Multiple sclerosis) or Google (Big brother) buy them I won't ever get over it.

Apple just isn't good at social and this opportunity will not come again. Apple has a chance to acquire the best social network on the planet and I hope they get a deal inked. What's more, Twitter 4.0 marked the time where Twitter began to fuck with their users. There's no reason to lame the app the way they did. Twitter 3.0 was a far faster, more efficient and better app to use all round.
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YouTube and Facebook might be more useful for population, but I find that Vimeo and Twitter are (respectively against their competitors) much better designed and Apple-esque, and likely both candidates for future acquisitions by Apple.

Yeah I hope they buy both.
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I know this is only beta but the absence of any Google services is pretty obvious. A few years ago YouTube would have been the most prominent sharing option.

As others have said and I have said repeatedly, Apple should update and move Galleries to iCloud.
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iKnow. And that is why some people want Apple to bring the feature into iCloud.

+1

All these social network sites are no replacement for the likes of Galleries for those of us who prefer not to use them for client work. Plus given Apple already is storing so many pictures on the cloud, surely supporting galleries would be easy. I will have to create my own with Aperture or Lightroom and host them, not a problem but not as fast and simple.
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I would argue that Google actually saved YouTube. YouTube has huge operating costs and it would have gone out of business without all of those ads.

It might surprise you but there are other business models beside advertising.
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That is one of the reasons why I'd rather download a Youtube clip and watch it off-line than view it on the website. A lot of options to download the clips and I don't run into any of the ads.

What still lets you do that? I have had software that did but it has all broken.
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It might surprise you but there are other business models beside advertising.

Not for Google. Collecting as much information as possible and then leveraging that is about the only thing that they have figured out how to do well. In other words they are great at invading your privacy and making money off of it.
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2012 should not conclude without Apple acquiring Twitter. Just sayin'

Yes Twitter is not for sale, but that's just talk. They'll eventually sell. And if MS (Multiple sclerosis) or Google (Big brother) buy them I won't ever get over it.

Apple just isn't good at social and this opportunity will not come again. Apple has a chance to acquire the best social network on the planet and I hope they get a deal inked. What's more, Twitter 4.0 marked the time where Twitter began to fuck with their users. There's no reason to lame the app the way they did. Twitter 3.0 was a far faster, more efficient and better app to use all round.

Agreed.
(well, either buy or have a strong exclusive partnership with them)

Twitter is right on the cusp of being completely ruined with advertisements also. Right now it's just a bunch of garbage in the background that you can mostly ignore, but very soon we will have so many advertisements in the feed that it won't be worth using.

If it was just part of the Apple suite of online services, it wouldn't need advertising at all.
If it tries to make it alone, it's just a matter of time before something else comes along and people abandon it in droves.
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What ads? Apparently people tell me there are VIDEO ads before you get to watch the video you came to see.

Never seen them. It's hilarious how many people refuse to use AdBlock these days. I've never seen a single ad on YouTube. No pop-ups, no on-page, no pre-video. Nothing.

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So does all this "sharing" mean that OS X will be vulnerable to the same dirty tricks that iOS app makers have been using to copy users' address books without their consent?
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It might surprise you but there are other business models beside advertising.

For a content-based business like YouTube, the realistic options are to keep the site free and use advertising, or to charge people for the service (either to view content or to upload content). I doubt that most people would be willing to pay to use YouTube (or Google or Facebook for that matter) and so advertising is the best business model.

See this article from 2009 about the state of YouTube when Google took it over: http://articles.businessinsider.com/...-credit-suisse

Without Google there is a good chance that YouTube would have gone bankrupt. The same could be said of Skype, which still operates at a negative and has been saved by Microsoft (a bad purchase in my opinion).
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I sure hope you can turn it off, and never see it. Even better would be if you could uninstall it. I don't want anything that says "Twitter" in my computer.

I was about to reply with the same question, but from a different perspective. I do not want to make it so accessible to have my employees share confidential project information on the web, accidentely.
And I just don't like an operating system to hand pick these services for me. At least make this something which is configurable, and provide us users with alternatives for each type of service, like Facebook, instagram or whatever.
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I can't say now Vimeo compares to YouTube, but I'm ready for a video site other then what I currently experience on YouTube; Before I can see the YouTube clip, I have to sit through a commercial as long as the clip, then have the lower third or quarter of the screen blocked by a pop-up ad for Google+ that I have to click a small box to get rid of. Google has ruined what was once a great site.

One way to beat Google is to right click on a YouTube video in Safari and download it to your desktop. While that is downloading look top right and see if there is a sequel or another part of the video as some multipart clips are limited to ten or twelve minutes. Quickly get that loaded and as soon as it starts to play download that one too. Rinse and repeat for all you need.

Start Quick Time and drag one video after another to QT so they are merged. Save as one huge new video. I drop that into iTunes and copy it to my special playlist to either view in iTunes or Air Play on Apple TV or the iPad.

I do this with out putting up with anything, Flash or Google to spoil my day.

Only an idiot would use Google Chrome on a Mac and expect to be able to do this with out dealing with intrusive Google ads and difficulties in downloading the video to your own desktop for total control.

If Google ever inserted ads you could trim them out using QT.

Safari and QT are remarkable tools if used correctly.
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