A Fast Way To Email Big Files

Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 08:11 PM – Tips and Hints

Anyone who has ever tried to send a lot of stuff by email knows it is a problem. I have frequently reminded people to send only a few photos at a time and to make them small before sending. I have also suggested uploading big files to .Mac accounts or to web sites so recipients could just download them.

Well…turns out there is another, easier way to do it. I don’t know how long this has been around, but I suspect it is new with Leopard. I have to thank a friend for passing it on to me and I am most pleased to be able to share it. Here it is in a nutshell.

If you would like to send a file, which could be a folder full of stuff, to someone, you can select that file and then control-click on it and then select “Compress Media” from the options presented. The result will be a ZIP file which can be significantly smaller. (You can also accomplish this task by clicking on the folder and then selecting Compress name of file from the File menu.)

This ZIP file can then be attached to an email. The recipient just opens the zip file and moves forward from there.

I tried it with a file containing 25.6 MB of data. The resulting Zip file was 10.6 MB. The original file was not changed in any way.

Now, obviously you are still going to be limited as to how much data you can send by how much the receiving mail program will allow, but this is another help when you are sending information.



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