Solved

Best and simplest service or method for sending large files to lots of people

Posted on 2013-11-05
7
329 Views
Last Modified: 2014-11-12
Hello,

In my work I frequently have large files (or more accurately, multiple files & folders combined into one large folder) which I need to make available over the internet for multiple people, primarily customers, to download. One of the folders — which can range from 100 MB to 300 MB in size — typically consists of a number of PDF & MP3 files combined into 3-6 subfolders.

For the past few years, I have used a service called YouSendIt. For about $12 per month, YouSendIt allowed you to upload files too large to send as email attachments, and then provided you with a link which you could share via email with anyone you want. Once in possession of the link, the recipients could use it to download the files.

Many of the recipients are not particularly tech savvy and my primary reason for using YouSendIt was that upon clicking the link, the recipient was presented with a relatively simple screen containing one or more large green download buttons as shown here (Fig. 1):Fig. 1The screen had no ambiguity and I virtually never had questions or complaints regarding its use.

One thing I should note is that whenever the download link was emailed to a recipient, the email included a sentence urging them to download and save the files to their HD as soon as possible. This was because the link generally had a limited duration (typically two weeks) of activity.

The reason for my post in EE today is that YouSendIt was recently renamed & rebranded and the link-destination page redesigned. The new format has much more content now and, I suppose in an attempt to capture new business, displays several additional places to click (Fig. 2):Fig. 2
Most bothersome is that the "Download" button is much smaller and has been moved to the upper-right corner where it is much less prominent than before. Furthermore, it is located directly adjacent to another button with the word "Save" which is just as large as the download button and perhaps, due to its solid orange color, even more prominent (Fig. 3):Fig. 3The new format has confused a number of people — particularly in light of the statement mentioned above urging them to "save the files…as soon as possible." They errantly click the "Save" button which, instead of initiating the download process as they expect, prompts them to login or register for an account with the download service.

I'm hopeful that someone can point me to a site similar to the original YouSendIt which allows uploads of large files and then presents a simple, unambiguous, and easy-to-use Download screen.

Thanks

PS If a zone or topic other than the three I have chosen, is more appropriate for this question, please feel free to make or suggest that change.
0
Comment
Question by:Steve_Brady
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
7 Comments
 
LVL 5

Accepted Solution

by:
alicain earned 500 total points
ID: 39626067
dropbox.com

Regards,
Alastair.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Steve_Brady
ID: 39626327
Really? I've actually got a Dropbox account already but I did not know it could be used in the manner described above. However, after reading some resources this evening, I discovered that it will work quite well for what I'm after so thank you very much for the tip!
0
 
LVL 54

Expert Comment

by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
ID: 39626369
Hi Steve,

I suspect that many of today's cloud services will work for this, such as Amazon Cloud Drive, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, etc., but I can't say for sure, as I haven't used all of them. But my favorite one at this point in time is Cubby (from the LogMeIn folks):
https://www.cubby.com/

It is free for up to 5GB and meets your criteria:

o  Individual files can be large, up to to 2GB each.

o  It provides you with a link that you may email to anyone, from which recipients may download the files. The links may be to individual files or to a folder.

o  The download screen is neat, clean, and unambiguous. It doesn't have a large DOWNLOAD button, but there's no way to miss or confuse the download feature (similar to Dropbox, among others).

I like the way it allows you to designate which of your folders are Cubbies – you simply right-click on a folder and select the menu pick that says "Make this folder a cubby" (which, by default, will include all of its subfolders). The links it provides are private in the sense that only the people who have the URL (which is a long, random series of numbers and letters) may access the Cubby. Regards, Joe
0
Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 
LVL 44

Expert Comment

by:Darr247
ID: 39626371
Actually, bittorrent is the fastest, as every person that downloads and seeds it increases the available bandwidth for distribution.
0
 
LVL 54

Expert Comment

by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
ID: 39626381
I've never used BitTorrent. I don't like the peer-to-peer file sharing concept. But it's obviously very popular, as its Wikipedia page says, "As of February 2013, BitTorrent was responsible for 3.35% of all worldwide bandwidth, more than half of the 6% of total bandwidth dedicated to file sharing." Very impressive figures! Regards, Joe
0
 
LVL 44

Expert Comment

by:Darr247
ID: 39627125
Many linux distros use it to lighten their own bandwidth requirements. e.g.
http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/

The 64 bit CentOS 6.4 two DVD set had over 1000 seeders when I just checked
http://linuxtracker.org/
0
 
LVL 54

Expert Comment

by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
ID: 39627637
Darr247,
I didn't know that about Linux distros...thanks for the info...very interesting!
0

Featured Post

Announcing the Most Valuable Experts of 2016

MVEs are more concerned with the satisfaction of those they help than with the considerable points they can earn. They are the types of people you feel privileged to call colleagues. Join us in honoring this amazing group of Experts.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If your app took Google’s lash recently, here are the 5 most likely reasons.
Outsource Your Fax Infrastructure to the Cloud (And come out looking like an IT Hero!) Relative to the many demands on today’s IT teams, spending capital, time and resources to maintain physical fax servers and infrastructure is not a high priority.
This video Micro Tutorial is the first in a two-part series that shows how to create and use custom scanning profiles in Nuance's PaperPort 14.5 (http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/17490/). But the ability to create custom scanning profiles al…
Nobody understands Phishing better than an anti-spam company. That’s why we are providing Phishing Awareness Training to our customers. According to a report by Verizon, only 3% of targeted users report malicious emails to management. With compan…

728 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question