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If my kids get ReunionTouch, can I share my family file with them, but keep them from making changes to my family file?

A few variations of this question...

The answer is "yes." Three methods are outlined below...

Note: Your kids will need to have ReunionTouch and a Dropbox account. If you're feeling generous, you can "gift" them a copy of ReunionTouch, using the iTunes App Store. And the basic Dropbox service is free.

Method 1: Using a shared folder in Dropbox...

  1. Create a new folder in Dropbox and share that folder with each child.
    * Open your Dropbox folder.
    * Right-click or Control-click on the folder you want to share.
    * Select Share This Folder. Then follow the instructions.
  2. Put a copy of your family file in that shared folder, in Dropbox.
  3. Using ReunionTouch, each child can download the family file to their mobile devices, following the instructions here.

Method 2: Sharing a link to your family file in Dropbox...

  1. Locate your family file in the Dropbox folder on your Mac.
  2. Control-click (or Right-click) on your family file and choose Share Dropbox Link from the popup menu that appears. This will copy a link to the clipboard.
  3. Paste the link into an email and send it to each child.
  4. Using the link in the email, each child can download the family file from your Dropbox account and then move the family file into their Dropbox folder.
  5. Using ReunionTouch, each child can download the family file (the copy that you sent them) from their Dropbox to their mobile devices, following the instructions here.

Method 3. Using email (for smaller family files)...

  1. Quit Reunion and make a .zip copy of your family file (by selecting the family file in the Finder and choosing File > Compress).
  2. Email the zipped family file to each child.
  3. Each child would unzip their copy of the family file and put the family file in their own Dropbox folder.
  4. Using ReunionTouch, each child can download the family file to their mobile devices, following the instructions here.

What if I don't use Dropbox or ReunionTouch?

Then you can still share your family file with your kids, if they have Dropbox and ReunionTouch. Just follow the steps in Method #3

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