It's almost become a cliche in the world of web apps: sites that allow you to share large files in just a few clicks. This isn't a bad thing, though; you never know when a particular service might not be offered anymore. You also may find services you like better than others; whatever your reason, it never hurts to explore your options.
That's why I highly recommend you check out 3 superb ways to share files. This service outlines Crate, ge.tt, and min.us, three great ways to share files. It's also worth reading our unofficial Dropbox manual, if you want to do some serious file sharing.
If that file sharing site doesn't cut it though, keep reading to discover some more great tools for the job. All of these programs don't require registration, work on any Internet-connected computer regardless of operating system, and need only a browser to function properly. Best of all: they're free.
Upload your file; share a public link. Featuring password protection and pretty fast transfer speeds, FilesOverMiles is a decent first choice. There is a catch, though: your file is never uploaded to a server. This means FilesOverMiles stops serving the file as soon as you close the webpage, so it may serve better for instant messaging conversations than for emails.
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Another service you need to keep open in order for a download to work, Pipebytes connects your computer directly with that of the person who needs a given file. Choose the file you're sending; give a simple URL to your friend. It's a useful service that does its job.
You guessed it: this client connects you directly with another computer. The real advantage this file sharing site has over the others named thus far is its clean interface, though even that is a slight edge at best. Links generated by this site are single-use only, meaning you shouldn't bother sending them to more than one person.
Want a link that lasts longer than your browser session? Good thing you found Dropdo. This web app not only stores uploaded files on its server, it serves up a handy file preview for most document formats. Behold:
The entire document can be viewed without the necessity to download, and without a username or password. This is the perfect way to share files with family lacking in tech skills. Some people may have understandable privacy concerns, but if what you're sharing is fairly public, I'd say give this a go.
Sure, there's a 100MB limit, but Senduit is not without its advantages. For one thing, you can set its files to self destruct, spy style:
This is great if you've got a document you want to share, but would rather not keep on the Internet for an extended period of time. Also, this service's links do not expire if you close your browser. Again, there are privacy implications to this, but to me the self-destruct features help make up for this.
Yet another tool for the job, Large Document sports a flash interface, so Mac and Linux users may experience some instability. Having said that, it works really well for Windows users if your Flash is up to date.
It's worth noting that Large Document also offers nifty instructions for integrating with Gmail. This is perfect for those moments when Gmail tells you a file is too big!
As I said, there are many different services to share files without signing up. This article just highlights a few more.
I'm interested in the file sharing sites you know about. Know of some services we've missed? Share them below; you just might find them featured later on this year. Also feel free to recommend services among those listed, because your experience is valuable input for the rest of us!