Thursday, April 9, 2009

You Send It (no, really, you can do it!)

By now, you have probably heard of the term "FTP" when talking about file transfers. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and is a way to exchange and manipulate files over a computer network, such as the Internet. Basically, it is a way to send or transfer files that are too large to email. While you may not know it, chances are you've used FTP many times before. It is most commonly used to download content, such as music MP3 files.

But, what happens when you want to send a large file to one or multiple recipients? Usually, you would need to have an FTP Client, such as Fetch, SmartFTP or FileZilla, installed on your computer. An FTP Client is software that is designed to transfer files back-and-forth between computers over an Internet connection, .

I've ran into this problem with many clients: I want to send them a large file, but they are unable to download the file b/c they do not have an FTP Client installed, have problems with their FTP client, or have forgotten their user name and password, etc. In reverse, I've also had many clients unable to send me large files via FTP, which, ultimately, results in burning files to a disk and sending them the old fashioned way, courtesy of USPS, UPS or FedEx. The only problem with this solution is the time lost during shipment.

No more, my friends! I'd like to introduce you to YouSendIt.com. YouSendIt acts as a buffer between the sender and the recipients. It is an online application that allows anyone to send large files to, well, anyone. Oh, and did I mention it's free!

At YouSendIt, you upload a file and input your recipients' email addresses. YouSendIt will then send an email message to all your recipients, with a direct link to download files. It's fast, easy, and also notifies you when your files have been sent. Check it out and let me know how YouSendIt.com works for you!

Hint: You must first archive or stuff your files to combine multiple files into one single file before sending. Examples of archiving programs include WinZip and WinRar on Windows, and Stuffit on Macs. If you'd like more information on Archiving programs, feel free to shoot me an email.

4 comments:

Warren said...

I wonder if you've tried Otengo (www.otengo.com). It's a different sort of service that allows you to send large and/or numerous files/folders, without having to archive or compress the files. It works a lot like e-mail and is free and very easy to use. You can just click and drag any number of files or folders into the body of your message, enter the recipient's e-mail addres, and press send. The only drawback (if you can call it that) is that you need to download the Otengo client, which takes about 20 seconds!

www.kalicodesign.com said...

Thanks for the info, Warren! I will definitely look into Otengo.

Warren said...

My pleasure. I hope you like it!

mrmanishs said...

Another option is File Apartment (http://www.fileapartment.com):

- Up to 1 GB
- Safe and Secure
- Easy to use
- No Software to download or registration required