If there’s the slightest chance you’ll have to send a huge file while you’re on the road, be sure to pack:
phone and Ethernet cables (for making whatever wired connections you can)
an iPod, a pocket hard drive, or a USB flash drive (for file transfers)
blank CDs or DVDs
your favorite FTP client (I like Panic’s $30 Transmit [ ])
Allume’s StuffIt Deluxe, which can compress files (an essential first step that many utilities can accomplish) and divide large files into smaller segments, giving you more transfer options
If neither e-mail nor FTP is workable, consider a Web-based file-transfer service. After using your Web browser to upload one or more files, you get a private link from which the file can be downloaded; you can then send the link to your file’s intended recipient.
The services listed here are free, but some offer larger file-size limits, greater bandwidth, or other benefits for a fee. Some also include e-mail notification for the recipient. Most offer live progress indicators, but these indicators seldom worked in the Mac browsers I tested (Safari, Firefox, OmniWeb, and Opera)—even when the uploads themselves succeeded.
|Service||Registration Required?||File Size Maximum||Browser Compatibility:Uploads||Browser Compatibility:Progress Indicator||E-mail Notification?||Paid Upgrade Available?|
* Both are text only.
[ Joe Kissell has written numerous e-books about Mac OS X software. ]