The latest to cross my eyeballs, literally and figuratively, is called Capturebox. It’s both an app and a service which lets you send large files to others via a simple drag, drop, copy and paste a URL, and send that via email or text message.
Where’s The Money Shared?
Here’s your problem. You have some large files that you want to share with others but email has its limits (allow me ignore OS X Yosemite’s cool new large email attachment feature called Mail Drop).
Enter Capturebox, a nifty neato utility which makes it drag and drop simple to share larger files with anyone almost anyway.
Install Capturebox on your Mac. It takes up a home in the Mac’s Menubar. Grab a file from the Finder and drag it to the Capturebox icon in the Menubar.
Immediately a URL link is added to the Mac’s clipboard which you can paste into an email or text message and send it to whomever. When they click the link the file begins to download to their Mac or PC.
Easy peasy, right?
Capturebox is free but you have to sign up. Sign up for what? Capturebox doesn’t say. What’s it cost? If there’s no such thing as a free lunch, then free must mean there’s a price tag somewhere.
Capturebox sends your uploaded file somewhere, out there, you know, in the cloud. Somewhere. Maybe China. Or North Korea. Or, to Sony’s own computer servers. But where? How is my file safe from others? How private and secure is the file? Does it just stay there forever? How are such files managed and deleted? What are the file size limits?
The website says absolutely nothing, nada, zero, zilch about the whole process and why it’s free. If I had spidey sense it would be tingling right now.
So, if something like Capturebox intrigues you but causes some fear and trepidation, there’s always Mail Drop, Apple’s built-in way to share large files over the internet and it’s free. You’ll need OS X Yosemite, but that’s free, too.
Jim Tanous has a nice review of Mail Drop and how it works so it’s worth reading. Mail Drop has limits. For example, no file can be more than 5GB, and there’s a 1TB total. Mail Drop attachments get deleted after 30 days. You get the idea.
Capturebox looks like a great way to share files but a pretty website does not a valid business make.