Think Sharing Pane. That’s the little square icon with the arrow coming out of the top. You’ll find it all over the place on Mac, iPhone, and iPad apps. Safari has it. Oddly enough, email– the app we often use to share files– does not have it. What are other ways to share files?
Digital Sneaker Net
The number of ways to share files from here to there are many and varied. Back in the day we used FTP and email. For larger files we used sneaker net. Copy a file to a floppy disk, CD, or DVD, then carry it wherever it needed to go. Our file sharing lives are easier these days and the choices many.
AirDrop – macOS and iOS have a nifty option to share larger files via AirDrop. Drag and drop. But only on a local network and not across the interwebs.
DropZone – this nifty utility lives in the Mac’s Menubar and is an easy drag-and-drop way to move files from here to there. You create the destinations and Dropzone does the dirty work.
DropCopy – this one works much the same way. Drag and drop. You create the specific destinations and then drag and drop a file onto the icon zone, select the destination, and drop. DropCopy is an old favorite and there is a mobile version for iOS.
Dropbox – I see Dropbox being used more and more thanks to the public folder option, however, it can be somewhat cumbersome to set up for a specific user to receive a file.
WeTransfer – This service is free up to 2GB and works well on almost any device. You have to sign up to WeTransfer first, though.
Firefox Send – Even Mozilla is in on the file sharing business but without a business model. Firefox Send makes it easy to send a private, encrypted file– up to 1GB– to almost anywhere.
Mail Drop – think AirDrop but via Apple’s Mail app and across the interwebs vs. across the office to another Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Mail Drop is free and easy to setup and use. If you use Apple Mail.
Sneaker Net isn’t dead, either. Our school has many hundreds of Windows PCs, Chromebooks, and Macs and they all share one thing in common. A USB port. And that means USB jump drives to carry files from here to there.