The Frodis Co. has released DropSite Courier 3 and DSC Personal Edition, the latest in a line of automatic file transfer utilities. Both products are compatible with Mac OS X and Mac OS 8.6-9.x.
DropSite Courier provides a way for service providers, such as printers and service bureaus, to obtain files from their customers. It comes with a configuration application (Courier Config) that’s used to make “droplet” applications called DropSites. DropSites are small, automated, self-contained FTP applications that deliver any files dropped on them. Users determine where the files are sent via the Courier Config.
DropSite Courier can also compress files — it has built in Zip compression and MacBinary encoding — and send a list of delivered files via e-mail. Files can be compressed while keeping both Mac resource forks. What’s more, Mac clients can choose to use StuffIt compression if they have a licensed 6.5 Engine from Aladdin Systems. You can drop files on StuffIt Expander to restore them to their original state.
A “branding” feature of DropSite Courier lets you include a customized “about” box and icon with your files.
DropSite Courier 3, which costs US$75, has all these features. The $30 DSC Personal Edition lacks the branding or e-mail options.