Use iCloud to send large files

Mac Format - - ICLOUD -

Mail in OS X will only send at­tach­ments of less than 40MB, so if you spend a lot of time up­load­ing large files onto shar­ing ser­vices like Drop­box and past­ing links into your emails in­stead of the files them­selves, then you'll want to use the Mail Drop fea­ture (only found in Yosemite’s ver­sion of Mail) to send at­tach­ments.

The first time you at­tach a large file to a mes­sage you’ll get a warn­ing that you’ve ex­ceeded the max­i­mum size. If the file is an im­age you can slim it down us­ing the Im­age Size con­trol in the com­po­si­tion win­dow, but this de­grades the im­age’s qual­ity.

So, rather than shrink­ing an im­age, ig­nore the warn­ing and click Send. Mail will dis­play op­tions that in­clude a Mail Drop but­ton. Click that and so long as the at­tach­ment is 5GB or less it will be re­moved from the mes­sage and up­loaded to iCloud – though you won’t ac­tu­ally see it in Drive be­cause it’s not stored there and doesn’t count against its stor­age limit. It will be avail­able to down­load for 30 days. Although Mail Drop doesn’t af­fect your stor­age quota, it is sub­ject to a to­tal 1TB limit in any 30-day pe­riod. Ap­ple men­tions some other lim­its at http://ap­ple.co/1TD9fkw.

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