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Sending large files across the web...

Aug 18, 2008 4:27PM PDT

I do a lot of work that involves advertising, photography, photoshop and illustrator files. The vector files are fairly compressed but the 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. I can compress a file, 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?
? 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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I would suggest FTP
Aug 20, 2008 6:04AM PDT

If you give each user a different userid (and password) you can restrict access. If you've got your own server, you can use it. If not, you've got to use an ISP.


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Thanks Kees
Aug 20, 2008 12:56PM PDT

That is the conclusion I have reached, too.

One screen printer in another state, who I work with, uses an ftp site. I will have to ask them how they have their system set up.


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