Your Mac to the rescue. What you need is a simple little app that’s almost the perfect way to send humongous files to someone with sending it via email. FileChute is a Mac app that gives you an easier way to send ultra large files.
Instead of email, FileChute automatically uploads your large file to a specific location online, then gives you a link to the file, which you can email to someone. FileChute then takes care of managing and deleting files you’ve uploaded.
Except for a few gotchas, FileChute is priceless; perfect for anyone who sends large files, especially when email can’t be used.
It’s drag and drop. FileChute takes your file or files, creates an archive (multiple choice archives available) in .DMG, .ZIP, or .TAR and uploads the file.
FileChute automatically gives you the URL to the file, which you can send to someone. When they click it, the download begins. The app also handles file deletions after a specific time, and it doesn’t care whether the file is Mac or PC.
Files can be archived and uploaded to an FTP server, a WebDAV server, or MobileMe.
MobileMe? Uh oh. I told you there was a gotcha. MobileMe is about to become history, a soon-to-be-forgotten blemish on Apple’s record of ease of use options for Mac users.
FileChute doesn’t work (yet) with iCloud. And, for some crazy reason, it doesn’t work with Amazon’s S3 storage service, either. It’s FTP or WebDAV or MobileMe (while supplies last).
Otherwise, this is a set it and forget it file transfer app. Drag and drop a file or folder of files, and FileChute archives it and uploads it automatically. Click to copy the URL and send it to whomever. Then click the URL and the file downloads. It’s that easy.
What’s not easy is the FileChute setup for anything but MobileMe. FTP account setups can vary from server to server so you’ll need the proper account information and path. FileChute attempts to help by filling in information.
It’s nicely done, but needs to graduate from FTP and MobileMe to iCloud and Amazon S3.