YouSendIt Express for Mac debuts - Macenstein

YouSendIt Express for Mac debuts

YouSendIt has released a new desktop Mac client for its popular file transfer service for businesses and individuals. YouSendIt Express allows you to send files as large as 2 GB each from your desktop without having to open the YouSendIt web interface.

These days many of us either have .Mac accounts or personal web servers we can use to send large files across the web. The problem is, sending a client to a .Mac account often looks less than professional, and most webservers don’t provide you the range of extras that YouSendIt does. For instance, you can set download limits on the number of times a file can be downloaded when the link should expire, and whether it is password protected. (I personally love the expiration date feature, as weeding though my ftp site deleting old files is never fun.) But the most useful feature I’ve found is the delivery confirmation option which lets you know when your client has successfully downloaded a file. This means you don’t have to bug clients via phone or e-mail to ask them if they have downloaded a file yet, and if it’s OK to delete it. It also means they can’t claim they never got it. Additionally, for a slightly more professional feel, you can also customize the web portal your client will see when downloading files with your company’s logo.

Above: I love having FiOS.

The biggest benefit to using the Express application over the web interface is the “auto resume” feature which will resume an upload if your internet connection is interrupted. This is great for laptop users relying on sometimes flaky WiFi connections that can drop halfway through a 2 GB upload, forcing you to start over. It’s also great if your internet connection isn’t all that fast, and you don’t want to have to wait around at the office for an upload to finish before going home. Simply bring your laptop home with you and resume at your convenience.

Above: You can add your own logo to the page your clients see when picking up your files.

Limited Options

The downside to YouSendIt Express is that in exchange for the speed and ease it delivers in quickly sending files, the trade off is you do not have the range of options you have via the web portal, such as the delivery confirmation and download limit checkboxes. This is a shame as those are some of the major selling points of the service, and I would hope those features will be added to Express in the near future. Still, it’s a great app that makes sending large files easy and convenient, especially for mobile users. If you’re a YouSendIt user, you should definitely pick it up. If you’re not, YouSendIt has a a free 14-day trial.

3 Responses to “YouSendIt Express for Mac debuts”
  1. Sounds fun, but my copy won’t open. It abruptly quits as it starts to open… .

  2. David AJC Hudson says:

    I have a ‘lite’ account and the application launched fine on my MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.4.11. Thanks for the heads up on the standalone application. has been a real lifesaver at times!

  3. Robyn says:

    First, thanks for talking about YouSendIt!

    We’re glad you’ve found Express. It’s super convenient and WILL provide up to 25% faster uploads, and YES, Express for MAC with all the features and functions of the web app is coming soon. (And currently it is already available for PC users- With the PC version you can also drag and drop multiple files or folders as large as 2GB each. The folders just zip right up and send!- The MAC version will have all of these features in the next couple months.

    You’ll see we’ve also got plug-ins for Photoshop, CorelDRAW and Outlook as well. Send your files without opening a browser.

    Thanks for spreading the news! … Pass this promo code along to your readers for 1 free month of our Business Plus plan: RHORBP17.

    Simply create a free account, then go to “my account”/”account details” and enter this code. Accounts will be upgraded for 30 days, then revert back to the free version when it expires. No credit card info is collected. It’s just our way of saying “thanks” for talking us up and trying us out. And, we’re always open to feedback from frequent users. So drop us a line and let us know what features you’d like to see, or what things just aren’t working for you!

    Marketing Communications, YouSendIt

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