How do you send or share files on your Mac? Email seems to be the method of choice for most Mac and Windows users. It’s not a good choice for large files, many files, or important documents.
Smart home users, SOHO users, and business users need a more reliable, more secure method to ensure that large files or important documents reach the intended destination and don’t end up elsewhere.
Email Is Only Part Of The Solution
What I like about sending large files and important documents via email is the convenience. Zip up the file, attach it to an email message, and click Send. What’s not to like?
Email isn’t always secure. Many email servers don’t like large file attachments.
The school where my husband and I work as Mac and PC administrators wanted a file transfer solution that was easy to implement and administer, stored files securely online, gave a detailed history of files, and came with bells and whistles.
Bells and whistles? We needed to automate file deliveries. We had to use email (everyone knows how to use email) for communication and notification. Automatic file compression was a must, as was the ability to use local and remote servers.
Deliver Delivers The Delivery
Deliver is a Mac app that comes close to fulfilling our laundry list of requirements. It gives you a methodology and work flow to send files safely and securely to many users over the internet or to local, secure servers.
Encrypting disk images and zip files with passwords is a must and Deliver delivers. It automatically delivers via email, FTP, sFTP, WebDAV, MobileMe, Amazon S3, AFP, SMB, and local network servers. The user interface is straightforward and comprehensive (but requires some user training).
Deliver connects to specified locations by user. Encrypted disk images and zip archives can be easily uploaded to multiple destinations. User email templates are built in.
Lower resolution PDF’s can be attached to email messages.
Users are informed by email and given links to specific files and locations. Deliver also maintains a history of file deliveries.
Deliver gives plenty to like. It’s a secure document delivery system with tracking built in.
That means you can send important files—encrypted disk images or zip archives—to multiple users and be assured they’ll reach their intended destinations.
File uploads occur in the background. Users are given easy to understand options along the workflow (using Address Book, deleting files remotely, attaching documents, etc.).
Real Issues For Real People
The only real issue we’ve seen is the workflow itself. Everyone knows how to use email for attachments. It’s not difficult to use, but not everyone in an organization can adjust to a step-by-step process workflow like Deliver, so some ongoing support is required (from someone whose livelihood is providing ongoing support).