The nature of how we try, purchase, and use software on our Macs has changed in recent years. Back in the day, software was free. Then along came shareware. Try, then pay something if you want. Then commercial software.
Recently we’ve seen a change in how applications work. Free is still here. So is shareware. So are commercial apps. What’s changed? We’ve added subscription apps. We’ve also seen free apps with limited features used as an enticement to try and buy. Here’s one you’ll like.
Transfer Me, Baby!
There are times we need to transfer files from here to there. Back in the day we used floppy disks. Then along came CDs. We still use sneakernet with USB flash drives. Or, email. The latter is a problem because email doesn’t handle multi-gigabyte files. WeTransfer does and it’s free up to 2GB.
The way WeTransfer works couldn’t be much easier. Set up an account, download and install the Mac app. It resides in the Menubar. Choose a file and drag and drop to the Menubar icon to be shared.
Once the file has been uploaded you’ll be given a link so the file can be downloaded.
The download link is what you share with someone so they can download a file bigger than what can be handled via email and far faster than USB sneakernet.
What’s not to like?
WeTransfer also makes it easy to see the five most recent file transfers, right from the Mac’s Menubar.
That’s almost as easy as it can get to share massive files. WeTransfer gives you up to 2GB file sizes. How can they do it for free? If you like free, you might like WeTransfer Plus and that has a price tag. You get up to 20GB of uploads at a time, store up to 100GB, and password protect files. For a price.
Mozilla’s Firefox browser also has a way to share up to 1GB of files for free. It’s called Send, and, again, about as easy as it gets except you and the file recipient must use the latest Firefox browser. Apple also has a free way to send large files with Mail Drop in the Mac’s Mail app. It’s free but has a few limits and works with your iCloud account.