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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
A really simple question, but one I don't seem to be able to solve on my own.
Is there a really simple file-sharing service anywhere that I can point users to where they can upload large files so that I can get them - *without* the user having to sign up for a service, invite me to their folders etc, or to use FTP? If this sort of feature is available from the obvious players like DropBox, then for the life of me I can't fathom it.
What I really want to be able to do is, when a user has an issue with a large file, typically 10's to low 100's MB, simply send them a url which will be a webpage to a nice upload facility to a private folder of mine. I don't want them to have to register or do anything remotely technical, so just giving them access to a public FTP space is also out. I don't mind paying for this service.
It would be even better if this service had some sort of webapp that was able to compress the file automatically before upload, as there is a lot of compression to be had in these files typically. Unfortunately even asking a user to compress a file can sometimes be a bit much.
I've been using this for years:
Go there, upload a file, and links are made for download. No signing up. Max 300 MB per upload.
Sendspace looks really good.
Your users still have to go online and send you the URL afterward the upload though.
What you could do is abstract the details of sendspace behind a button in your application. :-)
All the user would have to do would be click that, find the file and click Send
If you would prefer to host your own simple file sharing service (you don't want to share the files with third party services), it is easy to download, configure (edit), and install the "files.cgi" script from http://home.comcast.net/~mmogilvi/software/index.html
on any UNIX web server.
It can handle multi-gigabyte files, assuming the browser and web server don't choke on them.
Thanks for the advice guys. An in-app button would be nice I suppose - but then I could just upload to FTP from the app - but the hassles of setting that up, getting the user to select the file and probably security warnings when my app starts sending stuff etc. I think the sendspace fits the bill nicely - and has already worked for one user. It was the registration/inviting users etc that went with some of the other products that I was having issues with, especially with users who didn't speak such good English.
The CGI script is a nice idea as well, my site is hosted on windows though unfortunately.
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