Have you ever tried to send a video clip by email? Most email services can handle a small clip, but not large, high-quality clips.
Ditto for audio files, movies, even large PDFs can get hung up in email. So, what’s the best way to send very, very large files from your Mac to someone else? Drag and drop. It’s a Mac. What’s easier than drag and drop?
Drag The Video To FileChute
I’m into simplicity, elegance, and utilitarian apps that do what others don’t—easier, faster, cheaper. FileChute is a one-trick pony app that I’m willing to pay money to use. Yes, you heard that from Mac360’s resident Value Vixen™.
Part of my job requires that I send large files to co-workers in other cities.
It’s mostly video training clips, sometimes PDFs, sometimes PowerPoint files with everything embedded inside.
Email just doesn’t cut it all the time (and presents a security problem), so I use the drag and drop of FileChute and my MobileMe account.
Drop It In The File Chute
How it all works is surprisingly simple. FileChute connects to your MobileMe account. When you drop a file onto FileChute’s chute (seriously, it’s like dropping it into a hole in the app), it sends it to MobileMe for storage.
Then, FileChute gives you a web link to the file’s location. Send the link to whomever needs the file and they can download it wherever they are. Setting up FileChute is easy. Just add your MobileMe or FTP or WebDAV information.
Easy enough, right? Then, set up the account by filling in the account details.
After that, well, you’re mostly done.
The FileChute app is self explanatory. Drag and drop your humongous files to the chute in the left corner. You can even drop multiple files or folders. FileChute will create an archive in .zip, .tar or .dmg, and then do the upload.
It also gives you a link that you can send to whomever needs the file.
FileChute even features built-in URL shortening (only using snipr.com now).
After the initial setup, FileChute just waits for you to drag and drop a file to upload.
Use the FileChute window to manage files on your remote server or MobileMe. A drop down menu lets you find the file on your Mac, delete a file, or open Mail to send the link.
That’s it. Sweet. Simple. Easy. The only limitation on file size is probably where you send it. The only ones with the download link are you and whoever you sent it to. I’d like to see a feature that automatically deleted files on MobileMe after so many hours or days.
Otherwise, FileChute just works.