Sharing files? – 5 services you should know about
Often people need to share files with one another or just email them to a friend. It is really frustrating when your friend calls you to say that he/she could not open the file. So, to make sure that the person on the other end will be able to open the file you send, you can use some online services. Here I list a few:
Google docs: Apart from the regular MS Word, excel and PowerPoint files, Google Docs also supports viewing of PDF files. Recently it has added support for Apple Pages (.PAGES), Adobe Illustrator (.AI), Adobe Photoshop (.PSD), Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF), Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG), PostScript (.EPS, .PS), TrueType (.TTF), XML Paper Specification (.XPS). That’s a lot of formats, almost all that come to mind without thinking much.
How to share: login to docs.google.com, click the Upload button, select a file, select the privacy setting click Start Upload. That’s it.
Docs.com: It is a service from Microsoft. It is free. Needless to say that it will be the best service to use for word, excel or powerpoint files as it will display them perfectly. It also supports PDFs. The advantage of this service is that it integrates with facebook, so it is best if you want to share a document with your facebook friends. You can simply publish it on your wall. Editing is also supported except for PDFs in the familiar office 2007 interface.
How to share: login to docs.com using your facebook credentials, look for Upload a Doc on top, click it, browse for your document, select privacy and sharing settings, done.
sharepdfbooks.com: supports PDFs upto 200 MB, good for large PDFs, not recommended otherwise as it is slow.
How to share: After you visit the website, it’s obvious!
DropDo.com: This is a relatively new service. It supports a large number of file types including audio and video. The uploaded files are directly opened in the browser on visiting the link, download option is also provided. I was unable to find a list of file types supported. I tried a corel draw file and didn’t work, but it works with most common file types. Also has Google Chrome and Firefox addons for easy uploading.
Update: You can read more about Dropdo here.
Zamzar.com: This one is not really a sharing service. It converts your files and mails it back to you. So if you are at the receiving end of a file that can’t be opened, you can use this to convert the file to a familiar format. See here for a list of file types supported. Warning: It’s a long list!
I’m sure there are many more services like these. Do you think some are worth mentioning? Why not let people know by adding a comment.
- Rich Text Format (.rtf) for documents and JPEG (.jpg) for images is the safest format, most machines will open them
- Universal viewer and irfaview are two software you can use to open almost all file types
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