There’s the time honored sneaker net where you burn files to a CD or DVD, or copy them to a USB drive, then hand carry them to a destination. Dropbox works well but has limits and some security issues (as do many other online file storage services). If sending large files is a part of your business, check out Deliver and Deliver Express, the apps which add bells and whistles to the file delivery process.
Deliver Me, Please!
At a most basic level, Deliver sends and shares files using online storage, such as Amazon S3, Google Storage, both AFP and SMB, plus FTP or SFTP, WebDAV, and good old fashioned email. The way Deliver works is relatively simple to use (but there are plenty of configuration options in the background). Drag and drop files to be sent onto Deliver’s icon. Select a destination. Click the Send button. Deliver Express uses a hot folder feature which automatically sends files to a pre-configured destination.
That’s easy enough, but the devil’s in the details, and that means setting up Deliver to do the deeds.
Configuring Deliver takes some planning and effort, but the end result is a healthy list of bells and whistles unlike most other file delivery setups.
For example, Deliver can notify you via email that files have been delivered. It’s easy to setup email lists for each destination and drop them into Contacts (Address Book in older versions of OS X). That means you can also send files to multiple destinations at the same time.
Along the way, Deliver can compress files and folders to either .zip or .dmg format and even specify a password to encrypt disk images. One whistle I really appreciate is the seamless delivery of PDF files. Deliver creates a lo-res version and attaches it to the email as a preview.
Deliver and Deliver Express work well for a one-person office, and even better for offices with many users and many more destinations for files to be shared.