yousendit.com offers a typical service for sending big files. You don’t need your own website. You can use WinZip Courier. It uses the WinZip site as an intermediary. It costs a month so send files up to 2 gigabytes each. You can send files up to 100 MB free. You and the recipient each use WinZip’s web-based software to manage the delivery and pickup via the WinZip site. The other advantage is tracking. You can tell if the recipient has picked up the attachment. One other advantage is the recipient does not have to pick up the attachment if he does not want it. So it is much more polite to send a large attachment to someone this way.
CometDocs lets you use it without paying and without even registering. They use a clipboard metaphor. They have three payment plans. Free, per month and per month. The more you pay, the bigger the files you can send, the more people you can send to, the more time people have to pick up files, and the more online space you have. The biggest file it will transfer in the premium plan is 100 MB. They do not automatically compress/decompress. It is up to you to zip. Because they do no compression, the receiver does not need to use any CometDocs software to retrieve a file, just an ordinary browser fed the URL. Their website is inconsistent on various limits about maximum file sizes and retention times. If you sign up, I suggest you get them to clarify. They offer various file conversion services, mostly involving PDF. In my test I could not figure out where to enter to recipient’s email address. The interface is mostly empty unlabelled boxes. They need more conventional dialogs with labelled boxes roughly the size of the expected fields. It is unclear if you are supposed to redrag drag files from the clipboard to the convert/transfer areas. The whole notion of dragging is puzzling. Normally dragging is not supported by browsers. There is precious little in the way of instruction. They are new and I gather they did not do any virgin testing. How it works is too obvious to bother explaining from the developer’s point of view. They could take a page from Tint Guide’s animated tutorials.
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