A Free File Transfer Utility Fills the Bill

8 Sep, 2010 By: Robert Green

CAD Manager's Toolbox: When it's a hassle to share large files via FTP or e-mail attachment, this program offers a simple alternative.

I recently led a training class in which several video files were produced that I wanted to send to students. Because of the large size of the files involved, I posted them to my FTP (file transfer protocol) site, but I soon found that many students either lacked experience with using FTP utilities or were blocked from FTP access by their IT departments.

I therefore asked myself the question: "What's the best way to send large files to clients?"

A Free Answer

After a little digging, I located a utility program called YouSendIt that sends large files as a link in the body of an e-mail; the recipient can download the file from any location that has an Internet connection.

The advantages for the sender are the cost (there is a free version), not having to maintain an FTP site or track user accounts/passwords, not breaking files into pieces to send multiple e-mails with attachments, and eliminating client complaints about clogging their inboxes with large attachments.

The advantages for the recipient are that they receive a simple e-mail without an attachment, don't have to configure an FTP utility, and can download the large file when it's convenient for them to do so.

Note that with the free version, the file must be downloaded within a week. You are limited to sending one file at a time (although a zipped file is acceptable), and file size is limited to 100 MB. You can send files to multiple recipients at one time, and there's no limit to how many times a file can be downloaded before it expires.

Check out the free (Lite) version of YouSendIt. The company does offer other products that transfer larger files and have more features, but so far the free version has served my needs perfectly. I hope you'll find this utility as useful as I have.


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Re: A Free File Transfer Utility Fills the Bill
by: DThompson
September 8, 2010 - 2:45pm
While reading this article (before I got to the solution) I was going to also suggest YouSendIt(dot)com as well. I work in the Electric & Gas Utility field for a Local Government municipality. I recently had to send copies of nearly all of our CAD maps and construction plans showing our "system infrastructure" to a consultant doing GIS field data collection for us. YouSendIt(dot)com made the task so much easier and stress-free (as well as cost-free).
Re: A Free File Transfer Utility Fills the Bill
by: caddude
September 9, 2010 - 9:36am
I prefer the site as you don't have to give your email to sign up for more junk in your email box plus you ahve a 300MB limit. You can just load your file and you have the option of sending an email link automatically or you can load without an email and get a link that you can copy and paste elsewhere. This has come in handy many times.
Re: A Free File Transfer Utility Fills the Bill
by: dsf
September 20, 2010 - 2:09pm
Binfer is a great option to send large files directly from computer to computer, without uploading to a server. You can send hundreds of files of any size with a simple drag and drop. Binfer will manage the transfers with auto resumes, encryption, notifications etc. Check it out:
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