How can I access a folder on my iMac?

Hi All,
I have an iMac (late 2010) and a new MB Air (late 2011).  I have a document folder on my iMac that I would like to either a) be able to remotely access and manipulate from my Air, preferably not by just sharing screens or b) sync the folder onto my MB Air.  Within my local home network, it's not an issue, I can use AirDrop, but when I take my Air on the road, it'd be nice to access the folder of frequently edited documents.
Bonus Points:
I also have a first edition iPad running iAnnotate - is there a way to sync the edited documents from iAnnotate to both my iMac folder and MB Air without having to plug my iPad into iTunes and "Save To-ing" then dragging and dropping over AirDrop?
Basically, I have 3 devices which need to share and sync a folder of documents that I variously edit on any of the 3 devices, but would like to have updated access to from any device.
Thoughts? and Thanks!

This is only my opinion, but I think the absolutely easiest, fastest, most trouble-free, and least-expensive way to do this is to use Dropbox:
http://www.dropbox.com
There are apps for Macs, PCs, and iOS devices.
Install the Dropbox on all your devices.
Using your best Mac, put this important "document folder" inside the Dropbox folder that will be created for you in the Finder.
Your Dropbox will automatically copy anything inside it to every other device. Any changes you make on any device will be reflected on all your devices.
The first 2gb of storage are free. You can get more free storage by jumping through some hoops, or you can purchase more through a premium Dropbox account. 2gb is enough for almost everyone.
Because of iOS's sandboxed app environment, not every app can make use of Dropbox (this is not a problem for Macs and PCs - if an app reads and writes files in any "normal" way, it can use the files synced by Dropbox). I'm not familiar with iAnnotate specifically, but many iOS apps have Dropbox sync built in. If this app doesn't, you might want to contact the developer to add Dropbox support.

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