There are several online services that let you upload large files that other people can then download via a link in an email. But if you do this frequently, you may be looking for a simpler solution that doesn’t have a monthly service charge. Yellow Mug Software’s FileChute 4 is a great solution.
If you have a MobileMe account, or access to space on a Web server, you can drag and drop a file onto FileChute to upload it to your server and email a link to one or more recipients. When they click the link, it opens their Web browser and takes them to the file for downloading. You can set an expiration date for downloading the file, from one to 30 days. After that, the file is unavailable for downloading. (But you have to delete expired files manually from your server.)
FileChute costs $17.95 for Mac OS X only.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.