A nice file transfer tool

Profile Magazine is writing an article about my company for a future edition and they need some high resolution photos. As you know, sending large files can be a pain. Even when zipped, image files are still quite large and can hang up an email system.

What do you do if you need to transfer a 120MB file?

Well, the people at Profile Magazine turned me onto a super utility that helps facilitate this process. It’s a free online service called WeTransfer.

WeTransfer gives you the ability to transfer one or more files up to 2GB to anyone with an email address.

The user interface is as simple as can be. After selecting the files you want to transfer and the email addresses you want to send them to, you can include a text message.

Select Transfer and you see a nice monitoring window that tells you the status of your file upload as it sends the file(s) to a temporary Internet storage facility.

Once the file transfer is completed, your targeted recipient(s) receives an email message with a download link to retrieve the file(s). This way no one’s email server gets hung up. In addition, you receive a Thank You email message that includes an option to share the file(s) with more people or to download the file(s) yourself.

When the recipient actually downloads the file(s), you as the Sender receive a nice email message telling you your recipient has retrieved the file(s). This is a very nice touch so you know everything went through.

Simple tools like WeTransfer can help your productivity. More importantly, they reduce the “hassle factor” in your life, , , and that’s a good thing.

WeTransfer is a free service at www.wetransfer.com

Do you have tools you would like to share, , , either something you created yourself or you discovered like in my case with WeTransfer? Comment on this post and let me know about your favorite tool(s). If they are helpful, I’ll create an article to share with our ITLever readers and give you credit for your submission.


8 responses to “A nice file transfer tool

  1. WeTransfer is a nice utility, very pretty and easy to use…I’ve heard good things about it. My personal choice for sending, receiving and storing large files online is Filesdirect (http://www.filesdirect.com). There is a 1-month free trial, and the different plans are all reasonably priced. Storage starts at 30GB (!), you can send files up to 2GB in size, they offer free 128-bit SSL encryption on all files, there’s no software to install, and you get a free customizable dropbox so other people can send you files for free. I highly recommend it!

  2. Khaled Almoslih

    Thanks alot mike.
    This is a good tooll, and also the one Alan pointed out.
    I will try to use them and decide which is better for my company usage ..

    Thnks agian
    Khaled Almoslih, ITBMC

  3. I use dropbox, http://db.tt/IPDvzM7.

    – Uber-cool with more sharing options & lite desktop utility to manage files.

  4. As far as my favourite tool – I’d have to say it’s SyncBack. There are 2 versions, free and paid (nominal fee). It’s a backup/sync utility that will sense changes to files in your targeted folders/files list and back them up immediately to the target of your choice (I use an external drive at home). It includes a versioning capability, so if you do a “whoops!”, you can recover.

    The first question in IT Support is: “Did you back it up?” (Usually followed by a shake of the head and a quiet “That’s too bad.”) Before SyncBack, our users were plagued with a scheduled full backup over the noon hour, which eventually extended into the rest of the working day, slowing their productivity to a crawl, so the backup was frequently cancelled. I used the paid version (big difference is that the paid version can back up/sync open files where the freebie can’t) to roll out to our IT staff with a starter set of backups and syncs defined, and showed them how easy it is to define your own additional specs. Their target was their home directory on the network. For synced files/folders, they could then log in from ANY PC, not just theirs, and access their documents. The next time they logged in from their own PC, the files/folders would get synced. Other folders were specified as backup only (eg: Favorites, so people don’t lose all the links they’ve saved over the years). The users loved the idea of no more time-consuming, productivity-killing backups.
    I believe the single-user price was $39, and I got 100 licences for our staff for $10 each. The other really useful difference between the freebie and the paid versions is that the freebie relies on timed backups (ie: back up or sync files/folders every xx minutes/hours/days), where the paid version has a “on change” option, so it backs up/syncs individual files as soon as they’re changed. (That’s where versioning is really useful, to recover from those “whoops!” moments.)

    • Alan, Excellent!! I appreciate you sharing this and I will take a look at SyncBack.

    • First of all, thanks Mike for sharing. WeTransfer is a nice tool and really help a lot, especially when sending over >100MB of file to clients. Thanks.

      Alan, I also have good experience on SyncBack. I use it to sync huge system files (>2GB) across region and so far it works perfectly.

  5. WeTransfer looks like a fantastic service to publicize. I’ve been using Microsoft’s SkyDrive (25GB, file limit 50MB) and Google’s Docs (1GB, file limit 1GB) free file spaces to store large files, then send a link to the intended recipient. I’ll definitely look into WeTransfer now.

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