Know plethora of ways to share large files, but nothing may be simpler than email—if only there wasn’t that pesky typical 25MB limit. WinZip’s ZipSend service overcomes that barrier, with up to 2GB per email possible. ZipSend isn’t really sending 2GB in the email message; what it does is connect to the new ZipSend file sending service (powered by YouSendIt) from your email client, automatically zips the large files, and inserts a link to the files at the top of the message. The plugin integrates with Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Hotmail.
When you send an email, your email server appends the file attachments onto the email message. This MIME encoding can increase the message size by up to 30%. So, if you embed pictures or graphics in the body of your HTML formatted email message, there is less room available for attachments. When you send your message it goes from your email server to each recipient’s email server. All of the email servers that handle your email message have size limits.
If your message is larger than the limit set by your recipient’s email server, it will be rejected. If you’re lucky, the recipient’s email server will send you an error message right away. In some circumstances your recipient’s email server will just refuse to accept the message. Your email server will continue to try to deliver the message (unsuccessfully) for up to 5 days! Finally, at some point (long after you thought your message was received), your email server will send you an error message.
Once you have created your ZipSend account and installed the latest version of WinZip Courier, it’s easy to send files of any size. Simply write an email as you normally do, attach files up to 2 GB (for ZipSend Pro users) the way you normally would, and ZipSend will take it from there. Smaller files will continue to be attached directly to your outgoing email. If you’re sending files over your email size threshold the files will be uploaded to the ZipSend service and a link to the files will be inserted at the top of the email message.
The 2GB size is for a Pro account, however. The free ZipSend Lite account gives you up to 50MB per email, with files expiring in 7 days and maximum files sent per month set at 100. WinZip also launched ZipShare today, which lets you post up to 20MB directly to Facebook. A ZipSend Pro account gives you file sending and receipt statistics and other advanced features in addition to the larger file size, for $9.99 per month. These two features, ZipSend and ZipShare, are available with the WinZip program, which retails at $29.95.