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As a photographer, I often have the need to transfer large documents (mostly images) to my clients. I had considered an FTP site, but for economic reasons, I opted for a .Mac account (iDisk) to partially fulfill my business needs. Partially, because I'm limited to 250megs of storage and because the service is sometimes painfully slow.

Now I've found a way to transfer large documents to clients using the peer-to-peer (P2P) program LimeWire. I simply alpha-numerically rename the document or folder I want to send (using 12 to 14 characters), thus severely limiting the chance that other users would enable an exact search. For obvious security reasons, you might want to also compress and password encrypt your document or folder. I then manually place the document in my designated "shared" folder, and restart LimeWire.

The document now appears in LimeWire's library and is ready to be uploaded. I then notify my client that the document (bg507khf2bz87, for example) is available, and that he can search for it using his own P2P software and proceed to download. The advantages of this method are that the documents can be downloaded at the client's leisure as long as your sharing software is open; that downloads can be resumed at a later date; that because you only have two users sharing a document, the download speeds are quite fast; and best of all, it's free. I strongly believe in the future of file sharing software and its legal and unabided use.

[robg adds: There are obviously many ways to transfer a file from one user to another under OS X. Using a P2P app like LimeWire is a unique approach, assuming your machine stays awake and online much of the time.]
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Use LimeWire to transfer data files to a selected user
Authored by: Krischer on Apr 07, '05 10:35:35AM

a much easier way is to use "YouSendIt" www.yousendit.com



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Use LimeWire to transfer data files to a selected user
Authored by: stephenpen543 on Apr 07, '05 11:17:22AM

nice site, gonna use that a lot!
thanx

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does not work!
Authored by: germ on Apr 08, '05 10:11:31AM

Sounds good, but my first few attempts of using it have been disastrous.



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Use LimeWire to transfer data files to a selected user
Authored by: daybrother on Apr 07, '05 12:01:14PM

http://www.dropload.com will host a 100 Mb file for a week for a single download for free. Also some of the p2p bit torrent clients are very good for this use. You can set up your own tracker and send the torrent announce file to the client. Unlike limewire, your files would be as secure as they can be without encryption/password. You might find this to be a good long term solution for very large files.

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An interesting trick for the bag
Authored by: lullabud on Apr 07, '05 02:31:50PM

Of course there are plenty of ways to transfer a file over a network, but I always think it's interesting when people come up with odd ways to do it. It's very practical because I can't tell you how many times I've needed to come up with plans b, c, d, e and f before something finally worked. This is just one more technique for the bag of tricks. Somebody should come up with a book: "101 ways to transfer a file."



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Use LimeWire to transfer data files to a selected user
Authored by: kevans on Apr 07, '05 07:07:50PM

I occasionally download files with LimeWire but I don't share files. I tried this method and got quite a surprise. The PDF file I put in my share folder showed up and was quickly downloaded. However, 70 (!) other files with the same name showed up too. There were 35 with a WMV extension and 35 with a JPG extension and they were much smaller than my file. I used a random combination of letters and numbers with no "meaningful" parts. The other files were all still or animated spam ads from a company selling iPods. What's going on? Is there some sort of BOT out there that highjacks file names (that are usually meaningful) in order to get people to open the spam files?



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Use LimeWire to transfer data files to a selected user
Authored by: callefjant on Apr 08, '05 03:33:03AM

I wouldn't use this method - ever, not even as plan y - to transfer a private file to someone. I'm not sure about LimeWire and it's protocol, but in similar stuff one may a) locate the file by searching for a part of that long, cryptic name (like bg or 87) and b) be able to browse a user's entire shared directories. This may or may not be a problem with LimeWire (I don't use it), but one funny guy somewhere will for sure know how to find your secret file since it, after all, is available on a public network.



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Use LimeWire to transfer data files to a selected user
Authored by: cantoniou on Apr 08, '05 12:35:39PM

To use this, you need to be constantly on-line and be running a p2p application. Why not setup an ftp server on your machine? (no cost for an ftp site as you mention).

MacOSX has a built-in ftp server, and you can find many others that are free and open source (try versiontracker.com),e.g. pure-ftpd, pro-ftpd.

Granted, you will need to set them up once, but:
a. this is not a big deal
b. you just do it once, and since it is work-related it will definitely be worth it
c. you can create accounts for the users (for security) or set it up as an anonymous server and only give your machine name to your clients.

Now, if you have a dynamic ip, you would also need to use a service like no-ip.com or dyndns.org to get a static domain name. (Setting this up is trivial).



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Use LimeWire to transfer data files to a selected user
Authored by: kanou on Apr 10, '05 08:13:06PM

well why dont you use skype?
skype is for voip but its also a nice chat program and for sending files its good too. the best thing is: its crypted!
im using it for calling my girl but i recognized it very well for sending files.
try it.
the best way i think is using ssh in the terminal but thats not that easy.
kanou



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Use LimeWire to transfer data files to a selected user
Authored by: aglzen on May 06, '05 06:48:01PM
Actually, there's a HUGE advantage to using this or the bittorrent method over the other solutions (FTP, Apache, Middleware sites) proposed:

Integrity Checking

Bittorrent and Limewire both check the files to make sure they're not corrupt, and will re-download 'damaged' portions until the checksums match.

This simply does not happen when downloading via HTTP or FTP. And if you're moving something of decent size, like say a 5GB system disk image for backup, this makes a big difference.

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