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[a][t][s]Why can't I upload some files, such as iWork, iLife, and Application files?

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Q:  Why can't I upload some files, such as iWork, iLife, and Application files?  They appear grayed out in the upload window.

A:  While these items look like a single file on your Apple, Macintosh Computer, they actually contain a series of files saved into a single container.  This makes them more like folders than files, and you can't upload a folder through your web browser.  

Simple Solution

In order to upload these files you simply need to compress them into a single archive (or zip) file.  To do this, right click on the file and choose Compress.  This will create a compressed will with the .zip extension which can be uploaded easily, and for most users accessing these files is as simple as double clicking on the zip file to decompress it.  This also works for folders!

Programs that Create Container Files

The following are programs that are known to create this type of file:

  • Apple iWork '08  ('09 does not)

Pages (.pages),  Numbers (.numbers)  &  Keynote (.key)

  • Apple iLife

GarageBand (.band)  &  iMovie (.rcproject)

  • Applications (.app)
  • OmniGraffle (.graffle)
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