• Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good

  • CargoLifter
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  • Last modified: Nov 22, 2013

Review Summary:

PROS: Simple, but very helpful Mail plug-in. Nicely integrates into OSX’s Mail. Good and reliable performance. CONS: None.

Sending large files as e-mail attachments can be a problem in more than one situation. Many people aren’t aware that every provider (like Gmail, Hotmail (Live), or Yahoo) has its own set of rules telling you how many files you can send, or if you can send large files without breaking the size limit. This is why many people are turning to cloud storage solutions, which are there to ease up file exchange without burdening e-mail messages with numerous attachments.

When it comes to using cloud storage as replacement for traditional e-mail attachments, there are several ways to combine these two technologies. Most people simply upload a certain file to a cloud, and then manually copy and paste generated download link. In this article we’ll show you not only a faster way to do this, but a more convenient one. We’re about to review the CargoLifter.

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CargoLifter is a simple utility which works as a Mail plug-in, which means that you’ll get a new set of settings in Mail’s Preferences window. Once you install this little app and open it for the first time, you’ll get a chance to see its settings window where you’ll need to set-up some basic options. This is where you’ll need to choose which cloud service CargoLifter is going to use and there are options like Dropbox, Box, YouSendIt, MediaFire, Google Drive, CloudApp, and Droplr. You can also use any standard FTP, SFTP, or even WebDAV server.

Now let’s explain how CargoLifter actually works. Well, in case you’d like to send a new e-mail message with some files, all you need to do is to drag and drop those files into the message window. In other words, you are going to follow the usual routine. Once you decide to send a message you’ll see a new drop-down window where CargoLifter asks you to upload attachments to the cloud, or to send the message the old way. In case you choose to use CargoLifter you’ll get to see a progress bar. After the upload is finished, CargoLifter will remove attachments from the message and replace them with the generated URLs. It will also append some text to the message, where it will be explained that files are available online, their size and names, and there are going to be the URLs as well. Now you’ll be able to send the message.

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What’s interesting to note is that you can make this whole process even more seamless by turning off the attachment prompt. This way CargoLifter will automatically upload the file, make all those changes that I’ve previously explained and the message will be automatically sent.

Finally, you can go to Preferences to set-up several interesting settings tied to CargoLifter. For example, you can set up a minimum attachment size, and you can choose if you’d like to automatically compress files into a single ZIP archive.

CargoLifter can be downloaded from its official website, and you’ll be able to use its trial period of 30 days. The license is priced at $10, which seems like a fair deal.


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