Sending large files is easy..just email, right?
Well, most email programs work okay with files of 1 MB or less. With today’s digital cameras shooting images at 3 MB or more as well as videos, PowerPoint files, large databases and more information being shared between folks, it is important to have other ways to send files to folks besides as an email attachment.
What options do I have?
If you have your own server, then FTP to that server and sharing from there is the best way to go. If you don’t have then, then there are several online sites that offer ways to share or send large files. We will cover two approaches: sending one file and online file storage. Which approach you want to use depends on your needs.
SENDING A FILE ONE TIME
If you just need to get this presentation/video/soundfile/insert file type here to someone, then an “email a link” service like might be the best option. With this kind of service, you simply go to the site:
- Upload your file, enter an email address,
- The service sends email to the address with a link to file.
- Recipient downloads the file from the link.
The file stays on the service’s server until a certain criteria is met (days, number of downloads or lack of activity).
Free plan: limit of 100 MB for the file size (can pay up to $9 to send a file up to 2 GB)
Pro plan: $10/month for files up to 2GB that are kept for 14 days and can be tracked.
Free plan: limit of 100 MB file size but only 3 downloads
Pro plan: $19/year for files up to 2GB in size
Free plan: limit of 2 GB file size. Files are available or a minimum of 5 days or up to 30-days if you upload through a registered DropZone account.
Digital Fastball: http://www.digitalfastball.com/
No limit to file size and requires a login to both send and receive a file. This allows you to track if/when somebody gets the file Might be a better option for more sensitive files.
SHARING LARGE FILES WITH OTHERS
Sometimes you have large files that need to be shared with others over a longer period of time. A file storage/sharing service would be a better option for this need.
Free, unlimited storage supported by advertising. Automatically creates flash slideshows from uploaded photos and flash videos from uploaded video files. API so it works with Facebook, iPhone and others applications. View documents via Flash Paper. File size limit 200 MB.
Free, A hybrid of the two approaches. You can send a file or upload it to online storage. You can send files up to 1 GB and can store up to 250 MB.
Free. Up to 5 GB of space to store files. You can share with friends, family, co-workers, collect files or showcase your work.
Free Plan: 25 GB of storage. 25 GB of secure online storage, Download or share 1GB/month, Send files up to 10 MB in size
Premium Plan: $5/month. 100 GB of secure online storage, Download/share 10 GB/month, Send files up to 1 GB in size. (Also have Elite and Pro plans up to $30/month for 10000 GB storage)
Sometimes you just need to change a file from one format to another. There are online sites that do this as well. The most popular are:
Convert files up to 100 MB in size. Can convert YouTube videos to another format.
Media Convert: http://media-convert.com/
Can upload and convert sound, text, movies, images. Allows for splitting audio files and capturing a web site as an image.
Similar to the above, you can convert documents, images, audio and video to different formats.
If you want to convert files on your own computer rather than an online service, there is a free tool that does a great job of converting files: SUPER Converter (Windows only): http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html