How to Have Peo­ple Send Files to Your Drop­box Direct­ly With FileStork

Saikat Basu

Dropbox is a great ‘social’ way of sharing large files via the cloud. But Dropbox is not entirely in the cloud. There is a small app that resides on your desktop and if allowed boots up with your system.

Personally, I hate installing a new software for a one-off exchange, or just because the herd is using it. I guess there are people (some in my family too) who feel the very same thing about Dropbox. For instance, my brother is on a low-bandwidth connection and he doesn’t see the point of using Dropbox for large file uploads right now.

FileStork sounds like a solution for him. FileStork allows me to request my brother to send a file to me without him requiring to install Dropbox. He does not need to share a folder on his system. Even at your end of Dropbox, the process to use FileStork is dead simple.

1. Connect to your Dropbox account via FileStork and authorize the app to access your Dropbox account.

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2. Create a request for the intended recipient. This request is one-time and automatically expires after each recipient uploads their files. You can also create a password protected Standalone request for a continuous exchange over a longer period of time. This does not expire.

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3. You can define parameters like the name of the folder where the uploaded file will come into; allowable file types; and an alert notification when the file arrives. The exchange can also be password protected for an additional layer of security.

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Your request is sent to the recipient as an email message. He can follow the link and access FileStork to send over the requested file without any hassle like a registration.

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FileStork allows the recipient to send files up to 75 MB in size. It sure beats the size limitation of email with the added plus of sending EXE and Script files which usually get blocked.

Will you be allowing FileStork to carry some files across the web?


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