Sunday, December 29, 2013

Email Large File Android app updated

If you use our free EmailLargeFile app for Android (former File Transfer Free), you may have noticed that it had been recently updated. If you haven't updated it yet, please do.

The new version works on Jelly Bean and KitKat much better. These would be 4.3 and 4.4 versions of Android OS, respectively.

As usual, here is some story behind this update.

About 3-4 months ago, some of our users started sending us support requests to resolve issues with our app after they updated their Android phones with the new OS. Interestingly, the app didn't have issues with many devices, even those with 4.3 or later.

We started investigating the problem. What was happening is that the 4.3.x added a new permission to access files on the SD card, while our app originally designed for 2.6 did not acknowledge. Of course, once we realized that the problem was with the app permission, we immediately modified the Manifest file. That however didn't immediately resolve the problem. After some more digging we figured out that the new bump on the road was in fact caused by the new security model of 4.3. Here is some info on that from CNET news.

By the time we fixed our code, and our new digitally signed package has been approved and published on the Google Play Store, Google decided to take away that security feature from their Android OS, calling it Beta version.

So, our code seemed not need any fix at all, it would just work the same way on 4.4.x as it worked before 4.3. Thankfully, this Google's switcheroo let us fix a few bugs in our code, including the one with Address Book, when the address book would open once and sometimes crash on one of the next open attempts. (Our app opens the address book to let the user pick an email address to send files to, and for that purpose only).

We also added the option for the user to pick a From address from any of the accounts set up on his/her device. This however happens only once during the app install, and is not available again via Options. To pick another From address, you may need to uninstall then reinstall the app.

Our Email Large File Android app allows you to send full resolution photos, videos, or other files from your Android device via email bypassing e-mail restrictions on file size. It's totally free at Google Play Store

For our iPhone aficionados, there is an Email Large File app for iOS too! Check out iTunes app store.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

CryptWit published by

Great news!
Our free email encryption product CryptWit has been approved and published at

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

How to send encrypted email via Outlook.

Another secure email service is now available for free.

This is for all of us who use Outlook to send and receive email messages. The software is called CryptWit for Outlook and it comes as a free add-in with perpetual license, which you can use for all your needs.

The great thing is that it does not need any special software on the other end, which means your recipients, even if they use Gmail or Hotmail, can still decrypt and read your secure message.

Here is how to send an encrypted email message in 40 seconds:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How to Import Address Book Contacts From File file transfer service is continually developed and updated with new features. Recently, we have added the ability to bulk-import address book contacts from a file.

Here is how you can use it.

First, you need to have the list of contacts in a comma-separated (CSV) or a tab-separated (TXT) file. Make sure the first line of text in the file contains email,name. Lowercase or uppercase, doesn't matter. Those two words can be separated by a comma (,) or a tab character. No spaces. Double quotes allowed.
The first two words help us to determine the format of the rest of the file.

The file name (business, or personal, or general) helps us determine which of the address books to update. File extension is optional. On a Windows machine it will likely be .txt or .csv.

We assume the rest of the file is only emails and names. One record per line. The column separator character must be the same as in the header. Example of a correct CSV file:

Once you have the file ready, you can import it.
For that:
  • log in to via ,
  • click on Contacts on top of the page. You will see the Manage Contacts and Recipients page:

Click the Import tab as highlighted below, then browse to the file (i.e: business.csv or business.txt).

No need to click the address book name on top of the page. Just make sure you pick the correct file: business for business contacts, personal for personal contacts, general for "all".  Then click Submit.

On successful import, you will see the following message:

The imported email address records will look like this:

How to Prepare CSV File

If you don't have the file ready, here is how you can make it.
A well-formed recipients list is a text file. You can type it in the Notepad, or you can export the list from Excel. Here is how you can export the data from Excel.

The contacts should be in 2 columns. The first column contains email address of each person or contact, the second column stores the corresponding names:

To export data, click on the Office button, then Save As-> Other formats.

Give file a name - either Personal, or Business, or General. Pick either Tab-separated TXT file, or a Comma-separated CSV file format, then click Save:

If you preview the file in Notepad, the contents will look like this:

Close both Excel and Notepad, and you are ready to import the file.

How to Format Email Addresses

Let's say, you named the file correctly, made it tab- or comma separated, correctly spelled the header, left no spaces between columns, but the import procedure still shows zero records updated:

Usually, the zero records message would mean that the imported email addresses already exist in the database. The records may have been uploaded or manually entered earlier

In other cases, that could mean the email addresses are blank or have been incorrectly formatted.

Here are some examples of the lists (including header). Notice, that the format of each record must match the header formatting. The first column of reach record is always an email, the second column is name (or empty). Spaces or special characters other than double quotes aren't allowed in email address:

Correct Incorrect
Email,Name,John Silver,
,,John Silver
John Silver,
Email name Mary Poppins
Email name,Mary Poppins
"",John Silver
<>,John Silver


  • Maximum imported file size is 1Mb,
  • Maximum number of imported addresses is limited by a plan you are subscribed to.

Tips and Hints

If you delete a recipient from one of your address books, then import the same email address from a file, the recipient will be restored in the address book, rather than re-created as new.

Duplicate emails are omitted. Records with empty email addresses are skipped.

Existing recipient with matching email address but a different name in the imported file, will not be renamed in the address book. (This is the current behaviour of the import procedure, which we may review and change in the future.)

For Professional and other multi-user accounts, address books of different users under the same account are not merged or shared between users.

Recipients with the same email address or name, if imported into different address books (business, then personal) will not be merged into 1 record, they will stay as multiple records, one per each address book. Exception: General (all) list.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Storage Space Increase for All Customers

After careful consideration, we at decided to increase available storage space for file sharing needs for all our customers.

All Personal accounts now get 20GB of maximum storage space.
All Professional accounts get 40GB of storage.

This space increase affects all new and existing subscribers.

Existing subscribers: you can see the available storage space once you log in to your account:

If you need even more space, or need to bump other limits, contact us. It is more than likely we can adjust the features available to your plan for a small fee.

Of course, if you need a lot of storage space, or custom file management solution, or you want to store your files or documents on an existing server at your office, we can set up that solution for you as well.

Friday, January 11, 2013

How to Enable Dropbox Notifications

Our customers sometime ask us how to make EmailLargeFile notify them when someone uploads a new file to their dropbox.

Here is how you can do it.

First, log in to your account.

Next, in the list of Packages, locate the Dropbox package. If you don't see it, you may need to activate or create it. The activation process is described in this article.

When you see the Dropbox in the list, click on it to edit. You will be taken to the package edit form.
On that form, click on the Rules button, as displayed on the screenshot below. This is similar to adjusting package rules, however the Dropbox package only supports one rule, which is 'new upload'.

Once you see the Package rules window, type the rule description, and click the Add Rule button:

Note that some of the options are grayed out. That means their value cannot be changed in that mode.
After you see the new rule in the list, you are done!

At this point, if the rule is enabled, the notification email message will be sent to you each time someone uploads a batch of files to your dropbox.

You can turn off/on the dropbox notifications at any time using the Pause icon in the Rules list.