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Did you ever encounter difficulties in sending  large files via email? Most probably, this was too large in order to be attached to a regular email. Most email servers have size limitations both for incoming and outcoming messages, this limit usually being around 20 Mb.

In the translation world, you will often need to pass this barrier, especially for projects in which you use Trados. We have described some interesting solutions to these issues lower, from which you can choose the one that fits you best:

1. P2P Sharing websites

Websites like BitTorrent, Kazaa, iMesh and Limewire fall into this category. Their popularity has decreased a lot in recent years and you have to take special care to ensure that the content you are transmitting or downloading is legal..

2. Cloud storage services

Each file uploaded in a cloud storage service has a unique address on the Internet. Through transmitting this address, you can allow other people to easily access it. The popularity of this type of service has grown rapidly in recent years, especially due to the inclusion of such services (eg. Google Drive, DropBox) in email clients like Gmail or Outlook

3. Alternatives to regular emails

There are online services which allow you to add files on their servers. You simply add you file on the website together with your email address and that of the recipient and in the moment you click the send button, the recipient will receive an email through which they are announced that they have a file ready to be downloaded

Examples of such services are : SugarSync, Dropsend, Hightail, weTransfer, among many others. Most of them are free to use either for a certain period of time, or for files smaller than an arbitrary size (usually 2 Gb).

We hope the information we provided was useful and you will never encounter issues in transmitting large files again!

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