And I hate it that I love what’s really useful about cloud services. Even the much maligned iCloud has a few good points (Calendar and Contacts sync just fine between Apple devices), and looks to be even better when iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite hit the streets in a few months.
Here’s another Mac app which serves as a reminder that the cloud can be a good thing by solving a simple problem. In this case, the app is called CargoLifter, and what it does is what we need done.
Two words: Email attachments. I’m sure you’ve run into the same problems as the rest of us. Sending larger and larger email attachments causes problems. Sometimes the attachments are too large to be received. Other times the attachments can’t be received because the recipient’s email account is full (probably with attachments).
Enter one CargoLifter, a Mac app which automatically uploads your email attachments to various cloud accounts and creates a link to share with the email recipient. No more full email accounts. No more giant attachments that can’t be sent. Using CargoLifter is simple. It’s a Mail plugin so setup is handled within Mail’s Preferences.
Setup the cloud service you wish to use in CargoLifter. It handles Dropbox, Google Drive, Droplr, CloudApp, MediaFire, YouSendIt, Box and others (including FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV).
From then on, each attachment you create in an email message gets uploaded to the cloud service automatically, and the email message gets a link in the message for the recipient to download the attachment.
CargoLifter makes it easier to send attachments and not worry about the recipient’s clogged email account.
There is one caveat to using CargoLifter, and it’s much the same with every Mail Plugin. Whenever Apple updates Mail in OS X plugins also need to be updated. The easiest way is to run MailPluginFix which fixes Mail’s plugin versions until a newer, updated version is available.
The very same developer that publishes CargoLifter also publishes one of my favorite Mail plugins. It’s called SendLater and lets you send email later. Write the email, set the timer scheduler, let Mail send the message later.