Another Nifty Thrifty Tool

As I was browsing through Google Reader I came upon another useful tool for those who need to share files with other people. FileUrls is a very useful tool when the file you want to share is too large or the file is too small to post on the web. Whether you are working on a PowerPoint presentation for a meeting or you are a photographer needing to get files from another computer, FileUrls is a website that you need to add to your favorites or bookmarks. Basically it is a service that gives you a custom URL that you can give to anyone.  The largest file you can upload to FileURLs is 250MB, so don’t expect it to be the ideal service for sharing your movie collection with your friends. There are no social aspects to the service either, meaning you can’t see what other people have uploaded.

 The service is incredibly simple: You browse to the file you want to share, select how long you want the file to live on FileURLs’ servers (maximum is 7 days), and upload it. You can choose to make the file password protected if you want added security. You can watch the file progress as it’s uploaded to FileURLs, and once the upload is complete, the service returns a custom URL that you can send to anyone who needs to download your file. If you’ve created a password for the file, recipients will be prompted for it before they download. If not, the service works as easily for the recipient as it did for you–they copy/paste the URL into their browser and they’ll see a link to download your file.


Online File Conversion

I discovered a gem of a website a few weeks ago after reading one of our organizations blogs. The website is . Basically it is a free online file conversion website. This is a very handy application to have because many times you may need a specific file, let’s say a Word doc file, to be a PDF file. If you go to this website you are able to convert the Word file to a PDF file in just minutes. Sometimes there is a little wait, but it is free so no complaining on my part. Here are some file formats that Zamzar converts:

  • Document formats
  • Image formats
  • Music formats
  • Video formats
  • Compressed formats

There is a maximum upload of 100 mb which can be split between up to five different files.  The process of converting a file is simple:

  1. Select the file to convert.
  2. Choose the format to convert to.
  3. Enter your email address.
  4. Click on convert.

In a matter of minutes or sometimes longer you will receive an email message containing the link to your new file.