For a long time now, sending files to friends has remain unchanged. Usually, we use our email client or sharing service for sending small files. But this requires you to log in to your email or IM client, open a conversation or create a new message and then upload the file you want to send. This takes a long time and it’s very unproductive.
Not to mention that the file size is limited on almost any sharing service, except WireOver, perhaps. There surely has to be a better way to do this! Well, thanks to someone that had the same problem, a solution is under development. The service is called SendRail and it promises to reinvent sharing.
SendRail removes the middle man
Although only available for Mac OS X users at the moment, the developer promises a Windows version to be available in the near future. SendRail integrates with an untapped source for sending files to your friends: Facebook and Google+, or more simple: social networks. This allows you to send files directly to your friends, from your computer, without the need of using another service.
After the setup of the service is complete, all you will need to do in order to send a file to one of your friends is to right click on the file and select “Send to Friend” and a dialog box will appear asking for the name of the friend you want to send it to. If your friend does not have SendRail installed, they will receive a message on Facebook or Google+ with the download link. Also, those that use the service, will be prompted to download the files.
Another feature that SendRail provides is the possibility to send multiple files at once. Just select all the files you want to send and repeat the process. SendRail will automatically archive the files into one item and send it to the recipient. This also works for bigger size files, so you won’t have to worry about how much the files occupy – SendRail has no file size restrictions.
The installation process of SendRail is as simple as it is to use. Going over to the SendRail website, you can download the DMG file and install it, link your social networks accounts and you are all done. Here are the installation steps directly from the developer’s website:
1. Open DMG file
2. Drag SendRail.app to your Applications folder
3. Click on SendRail in your Applications folder to start the app
4. Complete the Facebook account verification process
5. You can now send any file on your computer to any of your Facebook friends — for free
For now, I can hardly wait for the service to be available for Windows users, and because it integrates seamlessly with the OS and with your Facebook and Google+ accounts, it will be one of the best productivity tools ever. If you’d prefer to send large files via email, check our guide.