Emailing Large Files using DropSend
DropSend is a web-based application for emailing large files. This is the kind of service that I never thought I’d really find a need for. Ryan Carson was kind enough to send me a free subscription a while ago but I never got around to checking it out. Most files that I end up sending are usually less than 5MB and have never been an issue. Sometimes the files might be 10 to 15MB and I’d just upload them to my own server and then send off an email with a link. But recently I had the need to send over 300MB and suddenly I had a perfect need to try out DropSend.
DropSend works by allowing you to upload files to its server and then sends the email to the recipient allowing them to pick up the file. It’ll also notify you when users pick up their files. If dealing with clients, you’ll know whether they picked up anything you may have sent them. Very handy.
You can also use your online space just for storage. This would make for a handy backup location for important files.
I believe the core to using this service is the desktop application for sending files. Launch the application and then you can simply drag and drop files into it. Specify an email address and the files will go on their merry way. But DropSend would be better served by a more feature-full application. Allowing docking to system tray alone would make this twice as good. With the application in the system tray, having pick-up notices coming in through the icon would make it even cooler. Having to run the DropSend desktop application every time I want to use it means I just don’t use it as much as I could.
The application also needs additional status information after dragging a file in. I wasn’t entirely sure what had or was going to happen. It should indicate that an action is still required; possibly with send/upload links on each file.
The web portion of the application is laid out in a traditional web application format with folders in a pane on the left and folder contents on the right. I found it intuitive to use and very responsive. They’re also very generous with a gifts section including links to various free and discounted applications and services.
DropSend is a solid application in its current state and additional functionality could turn it into something I’d use every day. Definitely a worthwhile service if you ever need to send large files.