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How to Send or Share Your Project

In this article, we'll walk through the process of creating zip file archives for both your project file and your Addons folder, then show you how to share the zip file with another RapdiWeaver user.
When the zip files are shared, you'll get links that you can copy & paste into an email.

Creating a Project File Zip File

First, we'll make a zip archive of your project file. Zipping the project compresses it and helps make it easier to send over the internet. Here's how to do it:

1. Locate your project file

Locate the RapidWeaver project file in the Finder. This is the project you open, edit, and save. If you don't know where the file is located in the Finder, searching for the file name in Spotlight (Cmd-Space) will help you find it.
Locate your project file

2. Select the project file in the Finder

Just click on it so that it's highlighted.
Select the project file in Finder

3. Compress the project file

Ctrl-Click (or Right-Click if you have a two-button mouse) and choose Compress "filename" (except "filename" will be the actual name of your project file). The Finder will create a file called something like: filename.zip
Compress the project file

4. Drag the zip file to the Desktop

You're done creating the project zip file. Now just drag the file to your Desktop, so it's easy to find. You'll need it again at the end when sharing these files.
Drag the zip file to the Desktop

Exporting Your Addons Folder

Now we'll make a zip file for your Addons. RapidWeaver can do this automatically, so it's a lot easier. Here's how to do it:

1. Open your project in RapidWeaver

Open any project in RapidWeaver. Even a new project is fine.

2. Click the Addons toolbar button.

If you can't find the Addons toolbar button, you can open the Settings… from the RapidWeaver menu. And select the Addons tab in the preferences window that appears.
Open your Addons panel

3. Click the Export Addons Directory button.

This will prompt you to save the exported zip file. Just save it to Desktop so it will be easy to find.
Click the Export Addons Directory button

Sharing Your Files

If your resulting Zip files are too large to send directly via email, you can share them via iCloud Drive. If you decide to use a different file-sharing service, just follow their instructions for sharing both zip files.
If you will be using iCloud Drive with macOS Ventura (macOS 13.x), this is how to do it:

1. Locate the zip files

Find the project and addons zip files we made in the above steps. Both should be on your Desktop. Move these to a folder in iCloud Drive, for example you can move them into a folder called "Share with Realmac Software".

2. Drag the zip files into your chosen iCloud Drive folder

Drag both zip files (the project zip file and the addons zip file) from the Desktop into your iCloud folder. In the below example we only moved the project zip file into iCould Drive, but you should move both your project and addons zip files in iCloud Drive.
Your project zip file should now be in your iCloud folder.
Select your project zip file by clicking on it. Ctrl-Click (or Right-Click if you have a two-button mouse) on the project zip file.
Choose Share from the pop-up menu.
A Share File sheet will pop up. In this sheet, select the following:
  1. 1.
    Collaborate from the drop-down menu.
  2. 2.
    Click the drop down arrow to expand the "Who can access" options.
  3. 3.
    Select "Anyone with the link" from the drop-down menu.
  4. 4.
    Select "View only" from the drop-down menu.
  5. 5.
    Select Invite with Link.
The share link will be copied to your clipboard.
Paste the link that was just copied to your clipboard into an email to Realmac support. Below is what the link looks like when it's opened.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the addons zip file.

Send the Email

Once you've pasted the second link, you're all done. Now you can send the email with both links to anyone that needs to open or edit the project.