E-mailing large attachments never has been easy, but this new app combines P2P tech with a clean interface to make sharing files or folders up to 1 GB a cinch.
Circumventing FTP servers, online storage and tertiary email accounts, Pando either generates a link for instant messages and Web pages, or e-mails your recipient a tiny attachment. When the attachment or link is clicked, Pando connects to its server and downloads the "package," as the Pando people call your attachment's contents. Recipients even have 14 days to grab the package before it's deleted from the server.
The uncluttered interface uses drag-and-drop browsing to prepare your package. You don't have to wait for the user to install the app: a recipient without Pando is walked through a step-by-step setup process that ends with downloading the package. Packages can be forwarded before the download or upload process is complete -- a smart feature, given varying connection speeds. It took us only a few minutes to grab a 75 MB package. Other useful features include support for multiple addressees, Yahoo and Outlook plug-ins that automatically Pando-ize attachments, and a record of how many times your package has been downloaded.
Easy to use, Pando could drastically change how files are transferred between small groups of people.