Thursday, 11 February 2010
I recently needed to send a large HD timelapse video to someone in Chicago, The file was over 250Mb so what options are available to achieve this? burn to a CD or a usb flash drive and post it but this takes too long.
The answer to the problem is http://www.dropbox.com/
This is a website that allows you to share files with people you choose to share them with. Your files are synced with “the cloud”. It acts like a regular folder on your PC. You can manage files within this folder just like elsewhere on your machine (add, edit, copy, and delete them) and changes will be automatically synced to Dropbox’s storage system.
You simply install the software and within minutes you are able to share files with anyone around the globe.
You get 2GB of online storage for free, with up to 100GB available to paying customers, Sync files of any size or type, Transfers will correctly resume where they left off if the connection drops, Shared folders allow several people to collaborate on a set of files, you can undelete files with 30 days of undo history.
Files uploaded via the web site are limited to a maximum of 300 MB per file but there is no limit on filesize for files uploaded via the desktop shared folder.
It uses SSL transfers and stores the data via AES-256 encryption.
There is even a free app for the iPhone that lets you sync files with dropbox and your iPhone.
I think this is a useful service for anyone that wants to share large files with individuals and a lot simpler to use than a BitTorrent client as a method of sharing files.
Hope you find this website of use.