Free Software Bypasses E-Mail Attachment Limits

There's a new way to send large movie, music and other files without worrying about whether the e-mail systems can handle large attachments.

Free software from Pando Networks Inc. automatically converts your attachments into a small file that your friend or relative can simply open to download the original file from Pando or elsewhere. Beginning Tuesday, Pando is offering plug-ins to work with most Web-based mail services.

Major e-mail providers generally limit the size of files you can send or receive to 10 megabytes. That's fine for text and even small photos -- but try sending an entire photo album, music or video, and you run against the caps quickly.

And even if your provider lets you send the large files, the recipient's service provider might not accept them.

"Everybody has experienced problems of, `I want to send something but it's too large to send by e-mail,'" said Robert Levitan, Pando's chief executive.

With Pando, files larger than a specified size are automatically converted. A copy of the file is sent to Pando's servers, and only a small attachment gets sent to the recipient, who must have or obtain the free software from Pando.

Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system and Internet Explorer browser are required to send files using the Web-based plug-ins, but Mac users can get the free standalone application to open them -- as well as to send their own. Windows users can also send files with the standalone program or a plug-in for Microsoft's Outlook e-mail software.

Pando accepts files of up to 1 gigabyte -- 10 times the free offering from, which isn't integrated with the Web-based mail services. Pando plans to make money from ads and a premium version with higher limits and longer retention -- files are deleted from Pando's servers after 14 days under the free plan.

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Nov 27, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Hyrule, you missed the point: this is for people who know next to nothing about how computers work, let alone how to split/share files online; even if you are a brain, the person on the other end has to reconstruct your attachment; try sending a photo album to granny and then ask her to put the pieces back together; they are selling ease of use not a new concept

Fri, Nov 24, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

They make this sound like some sort of revolutionary new technology. You could just as easily send...
-A BitTorrent or other P2P link file
-A URL to the file (assuming it's online)
-The file itself split up into ~10MB chunks using just about any archiving program, spanning multiple messages
-A disc in the mail ;-)

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