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When we looked at the landscape of file-sharing, one of our main concerns was that none of the available file-sharing services provided a compelling advantage over email. With creating email attachments being so simple, why would anyone go to a new service to move files around? […]

YouSendIt - Send large files - transfer delivery - FTP Replacement - Mozilla Firefox (Build 2008070206)When we looked at the landscape of file-sharing, one of our main concerns was that none of the available file-sharing services provided a compelling advantage over email. With creating email attachments being so simple, why would anyone go to a new service to move files around? Well, one of the entrants in this crowded field, YouSendIt, has been quietly pursuing a strategy that may yet bring them to email parity: increasingly, they’re integrated into your desktop, instead of being just another web service.

When you create a YouSendIt account (1GB of monthly download and 100MB file size comes for free; $10 per month will get you substantially higher limits), you get access to a variety of YouSendIt applications. These applications allow you to work directly from your desktop or from other software. For example, YouSendIt Express sits on your desktop (OS X or Windows, while the YouSendIt Outlook application is implemented as a Microsoft Outlook add-in.

YouSendItThe latest release in this group of applications is YouSendIt for Acrobat Pro. After installing this on my Mac, “Send by YouSendIt” appeared on the File menu, right next to “Attach to Email”. Using this is as simple as filling in the recipient’s email address, along with a message; the current file is already selected. Using YouSendIt this way is literally as simple as using email for the file transfer, with the added benefit of handling huge files (as well as access to YouSendIt’s other features, such as delivery tracking and return receipts). The recipient gets a link in their email that they can click to download the file, just as you would if you shared it directly via YouSendIt’s web site.

The more of these integrations YouSendIt presents, the easier it becomes to use – and the more likely web workers will choose it instead of email. Other available integration options include Aperture, iPhoto, Photoshop, CorelDRAW, and (in beta) Microsoft Office for Windows.

  1. There are about twenty different reasons why sending emails with file attachments is its own special kind of hell. One learns that lesson when one attempts to write a book and receives two versions of Microsoft Word file attachments from two different editors.

  2. Right on to see a web based company pursuing an integration strategy. I believe the real web based software companies will be those that integrate into the applications that people use anyway. MS Outlook is probably the first choice for a product like this.

  3. Another good way to send large files is a new web application called 2Large2Email.com – You can signn up for a free account and even make your pages and emails look like your own company with logo and colors. It seems pretty good. http://www.2large2email.com

  4. Email is going to continue to evolve. Cloud computing is really going to change how files are going to be emailed. Why attach when you can just send a link if it is just as easy as email?

    Brian
    http://www.konnects.com

  5. Here is a good file transfer website http://www.sendboom.com . The user can send large file and set a password if he wants to.

    All this service are free

  6. A safe bet is Fileflow Technologies at http://www.fileflow.com. The products offer unlimited transfers for a yearly fee, and seem to have overcome some of the limitations of many of the other online services.
    F.ex: Sending entire folder structures in a cross-platform way, bypassing the common 2 GB single file limitations of flex-like apps, and handling simultaneous uploads.
    It seems professional services pay off in the long run when it comes to stability and ease of service and support.

  7. You should try out 2large2email (http://www.2large2email.com/). They’re not as confusing to use as YSI with all the various plugins and addons.

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