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Review: Dliveo Delivers Easy File Transfers

Dliveo is a novel Web-based file delivery system that hopes to become the FedEx of file transfers -- and it just could be.

Dliveo uses its servers to handle file transfers of unlimited size between users across the internet, providing 128-bit security, bandwidth throttling to preserve quality of service whether you (or the recipient) have a T-1 or a 56k modem, and an easy-to-use interface you don'tdon't have to be an IT guy to get. Best of all, it's free, if you're willing to accept the banner ads and a 100 recipient address restriction. If you're not, then there will be two other pricing tiers, one for consumers and one for businesses, available this September. For now, it's free for all, though you should keep in mind that it's currently in beta.

The Dliveo client looks like an email application, and uses email for notifications, but files are transfered directly from the the sender's PC to the Dliveo servers to the recipient's PC, bypassing email system limitations while providing transport that is easier to use than FTP.

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Using Dliveo requires that you download their application to your system, and it currently only supporting Windows machines, though versions are coming for Macs (this fall) and Linux (next year). Once you've installed the application, it runs in the background with an icon in your system tray (though you can turn it off if you like). To send a file or group of files, you select them by right clicking and selecting the "Send files using Dliveo" option. After you sign in with your email address and password you're given a Web-based email client to compose a note to the recipient, who you also identify by email address, and then you just hit "Send Files" and the system takes it from there.

Receiving is much the same, in reverse, starting with an email notification that "you've got files" which directs you to the Dliveo site. If the recipient doesn't have Dliveo yet, they need to go through a quick sign-up and install the app. The company claims that if you ever want to unload it, the application will remove cleanly from your system, though of course they hope you'll never want to.

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