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7.04 Mounting MDA to PC/Mac/Tablet

The MDA gives the possibility to mount two different MDA directories directly to a PC, a Mac or a tablet.

The first directory is the MDA-upload directory. Any SVG image that you copy into this directory will appear on the upload page in the MDA interface.The second directory is the MDA-autosketch directory. Any SVG image or GPX formatted file derived from an SVG image will be sketched automatically on the MDA.

In order to mount a directory, you need to have a wired or WIFI connection on your MDA, and on the device that you want to mount the directory to. Mounting a drive requires a one-time action setup action, afterwards the MDA directories are directly and always available on PC, Mac or tablet.

In order to mount the MDA to your device, the following setup actions are required:

  • On a PC: open “File Explorer”, select “Home” tab, go to “Easy Access” in the “New” section and select “Map as Drive”. Select a drive letter (like U: for upload, or S: for autosketch). Don’t use the browse option for “Folder” but enter the following in the “Folder” input field: \\mda\MDA-upload (if you have changed the name of the MDA from mda to another name, use this other name instead of mda in this command). Make sure that the box “Reconnect at sign-in” is selected and press “Finish” (if prompted for a login and/or password, type guest for both). Now the MDA-Upload directory is permanently mounted to your PC, for now and in future, accessible under the drive letter which you have selected during the setup.When you copy or save a file into this directory on your PC, it appears on the upload page of the MDA. To mount the autosketch directory is identical to the above, with the exception that the following needs to be entered in the “Folder” input field: \\mda\MDA-autosketch , and again, if you have changed the default name of the MDA you have to change mda with the new name.
  • On a Mac, the name of the MDA appears automatically in the “Shared” section of the “Finder”, click on the name of the MDA (default mda) and click on “Connect as”, continue with “Connect” and enter guest in the name field and guest in the password field. Make sure to select the tick-box “Remember this password in my keychain” and press “Select”. The MDA-upload directory is now (and in future) accessible from the Finder. In case you want to connect to the autosketch directory, first you have to select “disconnect” and then repeat the above, but this time with login name autosketch and password autosketch. You will see now that you are connected as autosketch instead of guest, although the directory is still called MDA-upload. If you regularly want to switch between upload (guest) and autosketch, don’t save your login credentials to “keychain”, but instead enter those every time for accessing the proper directory.
  • On an iPad, you can make a connection to the MDA through the “FileBrowser” app, a free app available in the app-store. In FileBrowser, select “Location” in the bottom bar and then “+” in the top bar. Select “Computer/Network Drive” and then “Mac”. The app starts scanning, but select “Manual setup” and neglect the scanning. On the next screen, select “Mac” and enter mda in the “Address” field (or the computer name in case you have changed the default name mda). Click “Edit…” in the “User name” field and enter guest, click “Edit …” in the “Password” field and enter guest again. Enter mda in the “Display name” field.  By selecting mda from the “locations” tab, you have now a connection from the iPad to both the MDA-upload directory and to the MDA-autosketch directory.
  • On Android, an connection can be established trough the  free “AndSMB” app, which can be downloaded trough the  Play Store. In AndSMB select the + button in the top bar. On the next screen, enter mda in the “Hostname” field (or the computer name in case you have changed the default name mda). In both the “Ustername” and “Password” field enter guest. In the “Remote dir” field enter /MDA-upload. Leave the rest of the fields empty. Click save, and in the pop up window enter mda, or whatever other name you want the drive to have in AndSMB. By selecting AndSMB when selecting “Share” and then selecting the name you gave to the drive in AndSMB files will automatically be uploaded to the upload map.