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How 'bout a Lift?

How 'bout a Lift?
by Gary Woods

These days files sizes can be out of sight. Pictures, Audio, Videos and even some PDFs can reach gargantuan size and as we all know in today's society whenever we have something we definitely need to share it with somebody else. You can post it on YouTube if it's a video or on your FaceBook page if it's a picture but sometimes there are actually files that you only want to share with one other person and not the rest of the planet.

My email provider Earthlink, just upped its attachment size to 20 megabytes and Cox has the same 20 megabyte limit but sometimes 20 meg just don't get it done! So, what do you do if you've got a file that's say 100 Meg? I've used YouSendIt for a long time which allows you to send files up to 100 Meg but sometimes there are even bigger files that just gotta' go!

For files that are in the Gigabyte range I found an add-on to Mac Mail called CargoLifter 1.2.1 When you install the software you get a new screen of settings in Mail's Preferences window. In that screen you choose your preferred cloud-storage service and then authorize CargoLifter to access that service. You can use Dropbox, YourSendIt, CloudApp, Droplr or any number of cloud based solutions including any standard FTP, SFTP or WebDAV server.

When you're about to send a message with a large attachment, CargoLifter by default displays an alert box asking if you want to upload the attachment or send it normally. At that point if you opt for CargoLifter the attachment gets uploaded to your site of choice and stripped from the email. When the recipient receives the email they get a link to the file with a notation as to the size of the file. That way if they're on their mobile device and don't want to blow out the devices memory or data plan they can wait until they get home.

CargoLifter costs $10 from and is a cool way to fix a big problem.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc