Friday, June 01, 2007

How to Send GIGANTIC Files Easily and Effortlessly...For FREE

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At first glance you might think the title of today's article has nothing to do with adversity. But it actually does.....sort of.

Consider this: Have you ever tried to send a large photo or video file via email attachment only to have it bounce back to you with a message saying that it was "too large for the other person's server to handle" (thus clogging up your email server in the process)? That would cause a great deal of consternation, a.k.a. "adversity," wouldn't it?

A few days ago, I was trying in vain to send a HUGE AVI video file to my website designer so that she could put it up on the testimonial page of my professional speaking website. Much to my chagrin, it bounced right back to me becuase it was way too large for an email attachment (17.8 MB). As a result, my email server was severely clogged up for a long time until I finally got rid of it. Believe me, it was NOT a pleasant experience.

Thanks to Pando, they make this annoying little problem go away. It's a free software program that allows you to download and send media files fast and easy via your choice of email, the Web or even IM. The free version allows you to attach up to 1GB worth of files, which for most people, is more than adequate.

Because of special Pando attachments, you're able to bypass email server limitations. After installing Pando to your hard drive (takes seconds), they make it super easy to select whatever media files you want to send and viola, you're done!

A couple of things you need to be aware of:

1. If the intended receiver does not have Pando, they will be required to download the program to open the file(s). TIP: Send them an email ahead of time letting them know you want to send a large media file via Pando and ask them to look at the benefits of installing the program beforehand. That way there are no surprises.

2. If you sign up for a free Pando account, the files you send are stored on Pando's servers for between 7 to 30 days, depending on the how it was sent (email, Web, IM). That means the intended receiver needs to open it sometime during that time period. If they don't, then it "expires." This is explained in great detail on their FAQ page.

Bottom line? It worked GREAT! I was able to send the above mentioned video file to my website designer in less than a minute without clogging up her email server. Now my mind is running amok with different possibilities - I am now thinking of sending media files to prospective and existing clients, family and friends! It's way cool! Check them out at: http://www.pando.com/
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