A Free File Transfer Utility Fills the Bill8 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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