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Naveen MallikarjunaPermissions are funny things
by on Jun 22, 2010 at 3:58:25 pm

So I'm trying to move a ton of files over from a PC to a new MacPro. Many of these files are Adobe After Effects files.

When I try to open the After Effects files (which were created on a PC), the MacPro won't open them. It says it can't read them. I tried dropping the file name extension. Same result.

I then copied a file and pasted it into a new location. OS X (Snow Leopard) tells me that

"You may need to enter the name and password for an administrator on this computer to change the item named "XXXXX.aep".

When I hit "Continue" the admin login info window pops up, I enter the info, and then, wah la!, After Effects will open the file.

I realized this is the permissions, so now if I go into the GetInfo for the file, I can change the permissions by adding myself and also changing "Everybody" to "Read & Write".

So the question now is, can I do this multiple files at once, or do I have to go into each file and reconfigure the permissions?

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Zane BarkerRe: Permissions are funny things
by on Jun 22, 2010 at 4:11:54 pm

Have all the files in the same folder, get info on the folder, set your permission and also select apply to enclosed items.

Hindsight is always 1080p

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Naveen MallikarjunaRe: Permissions are funny things
by on Jun 22, 2010 at 4:46:37 pm

Awesome. Worked as described. Thanks!


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Peter KennedyRe: Permissions are funny things
by on Jun 23, 2010 at 9:10:38 pm

try to avoid switching permissions via Get Info...

use the command line...

here are some instructions:

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Sacha ThomasRe: Permissions are funny things
by on Jun 25, 2010 at 3:22:03 pm

nice link. very succinct refresher for those familiar with unix type permissions settings. thank you

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