Last Updated Aug 24, 2009 2:27 PM EDT
I tried sending from another e-mail account; this time, her e-mail blocked it. We tried going through Yahoo! mail -- way, way too big.
I zipped the file, but because it was chock-full of graphics, it didn't shrink enough to make much difference. Finally, I just made a PDF of the document and e-mailed it that way.
Had I only known that there are much better ways to send monster files.
- The first is the trickiest, but if you're tech-savvy, it works well: Set up your own FTP server and send files that way. Of course, you'll need to know a lot of geeky details, and this may not work if you or your recipient are behind firewalls. Another downside: FTP won't encrypt transferred files, so if security is an issue, this isn't a good solution for you.
- If you're not up to that challenge, there are services out there that'll do it for you -- for a fee. For example, ShareFile, Box.net, and Egnyte provide secure online file storage and sharing. There are plenty of companies to choose from (just Google "online file sharing"), including offerings from Microsoft and Adobe. Costs can vary from a reasonable monthly charge to "Zoinks!" so shop carefully.
- You can also go the free route with peer-to-peer options like PipeBytes, WikiSend, and Files2U. Probably not as secure as going through a top-tier file-sharing service, but some of these free services do offer password protection.
What file-sharing services do you recommend? Share your suggestions in the comments section.
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