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How to move large files on the web ?

Aug 18, 2008 4:40PM PDT

I do a lot of work that involves advertising, photography, video editing, DVD authoring, photoshop and illustrator files. The illustrator vector files are fairly compressed but the photoshop raster files can be extremely large. Sometimes, I have someone wishing to send me a large portfolio folder, or I find I may want to send a big file to someone else. As an example, I recently had an artist send me a hi-res portfolio of his book covers to be made into a promotional DVD for comic-con. One of the CD's he sent me had the wrong pics on it, so I had to wait for the correct pics to be sent, which delayed the project several days. I can compress a single file for emailing, but can not drop the resolution as a way to minimize folder size if the file is going to be printed. I work predominantly on a mac, but many of my customers use windows based operating systems.

What is the best method for sending and receiving large digital files from a variety of customers ?

? If I get an FTP site, can I keep one client from accessing someone else's folders?
? I noticed that Skype allows for file transfer... is VOIP practical for sending large files?
? This month's macworld made mention of a bit torrent program for such a chore. What about using a bit torrent program such as Transmission for creating a bit torrent folder for moving large files to a single customer ?
? Are paid services available? Is a paid service the best choice ?

I am looking for a method that I can both send and receive these large files. It should be easy enough for a less than tech savvy customer to send me files after I give them a minimal explanation of how to do it. Preferably, it would involve no cost to a customer, and no need for them to install software.

Any suggestions or shared experience would be helpful.

Thanks... Carroll

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Simple. Gmail.
Aug 18, 2008 9:28PM PDT
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Here is an example of just one prepress image
Aug 18, 2008 10:54PM PDT

Note the size as listed in the information window for the image alone...

The folder holding the image, reference images, original .psd and .ai files for this one poster come out at 14.6 mb of space. Ordinarily, I don't have to send all that stuff, but if I was to send 10 comp images alone (of this size), then I'm looking at 50 - 60 mbs uncompressed.

I am not faced with this scenario too often but I am trying to anticipate future needs.

Thanks for your input

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For that, you want FTP service. Here's why.
Aug 18, 2008 11:30PM PDT

1. Fastest possible transfer times.
2. Meets some of your requirements such as users but I decline to duplicate all that has been written about FTP.

FTP has been here on the internet since about 1971.

You can imagine that any question about FTP has an answer.

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You could run an FTP server from your Mac
Aug 19, 2008 12:30AM PDT

Worth a Google


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have you tried
Aug 28, 2008 10:56PM PDT

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Send Big Files with Up to 5 gig files !
Aug 31, 2008 1:28AM PDT

Hey guys,

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Send your Huge files, through MongoFiles. Its simply amazing !

Try it !

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Move Large Files on Web !
Dec 8, 2009 12:43AM PST

At we have developed an application sendeazy exactly keeping the enduser requirements almost like you are asking.
Easy & Quick Installation, Easy to use: Simply "Drag and Drop", or just use Right Click & "Send To" option. you can Transfer Big files or Folders using
Your files are encrypted, well secured in our servers. You also can protect them using a password. Demo Vedios available in the site for easy understanding. Works on Linux, Windows, Mac os. If you try once, you will love it. Limited Free edition is available. Free edition .. with limited features. You may Subscribe for full features.

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sending large files cross-operating system,no install needed
Jun 20, 2010 8:19AM PDT


maybe this one is helpful:

- no client install is needed
- simply use your browser for sending files, thus works on every operating system
- unlimited file size
- it's free
- it does not store your file on any server, it transmits it directly to the receiver

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