How many times have you tried to email a large file only to have it bounce?
There is an easier way to send large files and you have just found it.
FileChute makes sending files easy. Just drag a file and drop it on FileChute. FileChute puts the file on your Dropbox (or website) and generates a web link for retrieving the file all in one step. Next drag the generated link into your email and you’re set to go. And since what you’re sending is just a link, your recipients can retrieve the file from a Mac, a PC or any other platform.
You can even drop multiple files or folders at once. FileChute automatically creates an archive in the format of your choice – it supports dmg, zip and tar – and sends the archive file.
FileChute works with Dropbox or your own website that can be accessed using FTP or WebDAV. Perform the one-time set up by following the built-in Help.
Here’s what our users say…
Dan Frakes – “…and if you frequently send larger files to others across the Internet, it’s the easiest solution I’ve seen…”
Mac|Life magazine says, “FileChute makes sharing files online cut-and-paste easy.”
gulliver on VersionTracker:”I just tried this out last night,
and I am so hooked. Rarely have I seen such a perfect little app,
I can’t think of what could be improved.”
sinemacula on VersionTracker:”Very nice little app – does what it says and does it well. I particularly like the built-in ability to get a short download url via snipurl – very cool indeed!”
Mac OS X 10.6 or later;
Dropbox, FTP or WebDAV
Get more info at http://yellowmug.com
A macZOT Developer Interview with Jay Teo – Creator of FileChute and Folder Brander.
Jay Teo at Yellow Mug Software Worldwide Headquarters
1 What’s the most unique, useful feature of FileChute?
2 Why did you create this app? or What need were you trying to satisfy?
Like many indie developers, I created FileChute initially to scratch an itch. I wanted a way to send large files in as few steps as possible. For example, if the “file” is really a folder, I want the app to automatically zip it for me before sending. If the resulting link is long and unwieldy, I want the app to automatically obtain a short redirection link for me. Basically, I wanted to be able to drag-n-drop what I want to send and be done with it.
I didn’t (and still don’t) like web-based solutions or solutions that require my recipients to install special software (who wants to install yet another app just to receive a file from someone? That’s nuts!).
So I created FileChute. It turns out my itch is shared by enough Mac users that FileChute is now one of my best-selling apps.
3 What is most interesting to you about developing SW for the Mac platform.
One thing I find interesting is the level of misconception regarding Mac software development. Every now and then, someone would ask me something to the effect of, “Isn’t it hard to develop for the Mac since Apple is so secretive and hates third-party developers?”.
Nothing can be further from the truth. Apple is secretive, but only with regards to future products. As a development platform, the Mac is really very “open” in the sense that the development tools are free and frameworks are well documented. Another neat thing is that, being UNIX based, Mac OS X is able to leverage lots of open technologies. For example, I’m currently working on adding SFTP support to FileChute. And I’m doing so using Ruby, an open source scripting language.
4 What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of your product?
FileChute is really simple from the user’s perspective. Drag, drop, send the link. :-)
5 What are some interesting experiences you’ve had creating new versions of your software when OS is upgraded?
Things broke. Users complained. Developer (yours truly) stayed up all night fixing bugs. New version released. Users happy once again. Profit!
6 What’s your favorite Mac app out there from another developer? Why?
I have many favorites. Here are three I use many times a day: Quicksilver, TextExpander and 1Password.
I’d be lost without Quicksilver. I’d still be on question 4 without TextExpander. And without 1Password, my head would hurt from all the random strings (you do use random strings for passwords, don’t you?) I’d need to remember.
7 What features would you like to add to your product that at this time seem improbable/impossible?
The “Cure Cancer” button has been on my to-do list forever. I’ll get to that once I’m done implementing the Stop Global Warming feature. Stay tuned.
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