To send more than the five files designated on the personal sending page, or to send a folder containing multiple files, it will be necessary to compress, or zip, your files.
Zipping files or folders creates a file smaller than the original file. The zipped version of the files or folders has a .zip file extension. There are several advantages to zipping files:
- All files or folders can be bundled into one .zip file
- Smaller file size drastically reduces transmission time
- Smaller file sizes save on disk space
- Many zip utilities allow you to encrypt files and protect sensitive data (Though using SendThisFile will encrypt your data as well.)
Zip Using Windows
To zip files using Windows, simply right click on the folder, file or selection of files and click the “send to” menu option, then choose “Compressed (zipped) Folder”.
After selecting the “Compressed (zipped) Folder” menu option, the file(s) will be zipped and you should now see a file with a .zip extension. Select the .zip file to send via SendThisFile.
Zip Using Mac
Mac OS X has a feature to create ZIP compressed files from within the operating system. To create a compressed file, Control-click on the files or folder and choose Compress. Another method would be to click on a file, then go to the Action menu (the button that looks like a gear in the Finder window toolbar), and choose Compress. This action will create a new file, with the file extension .zip. Select the .zip file to send via SendThisFile.