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Old 05-04-2013, 13:21
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Looking for advice on this one please .I have used yousendit before but clients find it slightly difficult in that It can sometimes ask them to set up an account.

Anyone aware of an easy compression uploading format like yousendit that is use friendly for the novice user
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Old 05-04-2013, 13:36
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Dropbox, Skydrive both have free sites with easy publically shared files.
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Old 05-04-2013, 13:57
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Dropbox, Skydrive both have free sites with easy publically shared files.
I thought about dropbox but does the user not have to install it on their machine?
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Old 05-04-2013, 14:02
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If you have an Outlook Mail account, you can use SkyDrive.
Gmail account, you can use Google Drive.
Those are about 5 GB each free storage space, not sure on an individul file size but you can look that up. Much larger than an Email attachment size that's for sure, 10 GB for Google Drive.

Details of how to share folders with others is in their help pages.
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Old 05-04-2013, 14:36
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I thought about dropbox but does the user not have to install it on their machine?
No, you can access Dropbox via a web link.
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Old 05-04-2013, 14:40
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Dropbox is really very easy. You have a public folder you simply upload file to that directory. I don't know if it can compress without looking, but you can easily put all files in a ZIP file.

Once the file is in the public folder, you right click on it and save the url to clipboard. Paste this url into email to whover needs to download the file.

Thye do not need a dropbox account.
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Old 05-04-2013, 14:47
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google drive also very simple, in your list of files you can just select share, there are different options, but you can generate a link.
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Old 05-04-2013, 21:08
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Dropbox is really very easy.
I've found it so difficult to fathom that I've given up trying. I did once manage to transfer some files, but after numerous attempts, totally lost track of how I managed it. I've never managed it since.
Google Docs is a bit easier, but it still isn't straightforward.
By far the easiest method is to get a password to access someone's server and do it by FTP with a program like Filezilla.
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Old 05-04-2013, 22:13
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or use http://www.yousendit.com/ only 2G, 50mb file size limit for the free version
but it really is the easiest way
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Old 05-04-2013, 22:22
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I recommend WeTransfer
www.wetransfer.com
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Old 05-04-2013, 22:26
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I've found it so difficult to fathom that I've given up trying. I did once manage to transfer some files, but after numerous attempts, totally lost track of how I managed it. I've never managed it since.
Google Docs is a bit easier, but it still isn't straightforward.
By far the easiest method is to get a password to access someone's server and do it by FTP with a program like Filezilla.
What if someone does not have a server?
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Old 05-04-2013, 22:32
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Outlook.com is the easiest IMO, it integrates very well with Skydrive. Max size per each file is 2GB I think.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:21
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http://zend.to/ you can send up to 20gb. Yes you would have to install either ubuntu or centos in virtualbox or Vmware. Seen this being set up and working yesterday so easy for people once its set up
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:39
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Outlook.com is the easiest IMO, it integrates very well with Skydrive. Max size per each file is 2GB I think.
gmail does the same these days.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:35
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gmail does the same these days.
Just tried doing it from GMail and it said attachments exceed 25MB limit. Perhaps you can upload to Google Drive and then send an email from there?

There was also no button you could press from the email compose window that would then let you browse google drive for attachments.

Whilst GMail is still my primary email account, accessed through mobile clients and mailbird, I've been finding the web interface a lot messier than outlook.com for a while now.

The beauty of the outlook.com way (especially for tech noobs) is that you never leave the email interface when sending. The attachments are seamlessly uploaded to skydrive without you having to do it, from your perspective it's just like sending an ordinary email with a small attachment.

And for photos, outlook.com and skydrive can display them all in-email for the recipient, it gives an album-scrolling type interface so you're not having to click a link into someone's skydrive or anything.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:06
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Just tried doing it from GMail and it said attachments exceed 25MB limit. Perhaps you can upload to Google Drive and then send an email from there?

There was also no button you could press from the email compose window that would then let you browse google drive for attachments.

Whilst GMail is still my primary email account, accessed through mobile clients and mailbird, I've been finding the web interface a lot messier than outlook.com for a while now.

The beauty of the outlook.com way (especially for tech noobs) is that you never leave the email interface when sending. The attachments are seamlessly uploaded to skydrive without you having to do it, from your perspective it's just like sending an ordinary email with a small attachment.

And for photos, outlook.com and skydrive can display them all in-email for the recipient, it gives an album-scrolling type interface so you're not having to click a link into someone's skydrive or anything.
I'm not a huge fan of the new interface for gmail.

but when you hover on the paperclip next to i pops up some symbols. the one that looks like the recycling symbol is google drive.

when you click that it opens the drag and drop upload dialogue or you can browse your google drive.

equally if i try to add a large attachment it warns that it is over 25MB and suggest sending with google drive.

for me anyway. maybe you opted out of a new theme, don't have google drive, or i opted in to something?
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:21
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I'm not a huge fan of the new interface for gmail.

but when you hover on the paperclip next to i pops up some symbols. the one that looks like the recycling symbol is google drive.

when you click that it opens the drag and drop upload dialogue or you can browse your google drive.

equally if i try to add a large attachment it warns that it is over 25MB and suggest sending with google drive.

for me anyway. maybe you opted out of a new theme, don't have google drive, or i opted in to something?
How strange, I went back to gmail after reading this post of yours, the google drive icon definitely didn't pop up.

Then I went into settings, the only thing I changed was to make sure "always use https" was enabled.

Now when I go into the compose windows the Google drive icon appears! Thanks for getting me to persist, it's pretty handy to know about this.

Having had a quick browse through the GMail settings (haven't been in there in a while) and seeing how you can collapse compose windows etc, GMail seems to definitely be a lot more capable and flexible for power users.

I think most people, like me, aren't power users and the interface becomes cluttered rather than useful.
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Old 06-04-2013, 15:59
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I use Google Drive and have uploaded all my large video files there, you can't attach them to emails as they are too large but you can share them via email and once the recipient receives the link, the file can be viewed or downloaded.

I use Google's Picasa service for my photos but it's unsuitable for my videos as there is a 1GB size limit for uploading, which is a bit odd as my 200GB space on Google Drive is shared with Picasa.
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Old 06-04-2013, 19:20
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dropbox is really good.

you can copy and email a link to enable anyone to download a selected file.


I just also found dropitto.me, which enables users to upload files to your dropbox.

I imagine other services are similar, though.


i find dropbox easier than yousendit, and i no longer use yousendit.
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Old 29-06-2013, 16:24
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i use dropbox too, but if you cant be bothered there are sites you can use like http://emailattachment.net/ which basically do the same, you can just send the link with the email
hey and if that doesnt work there is always the good old usbstick in mail :P
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