Review: SlingVine Makes Sending Files Easy

SlingVineSlingvine is a free application that allows you to send files over the Internet. For me, it felt like a replacement to email attachments. Here’s how it works:

You download and install the client on your computer. Then you right click on any file or folder in Windows and click on “Sling Selected Items.” This uploads your files or folders to a temporary webpage (url) that you then give out to whoever you want to receive your files.

The nice thing is that you can send any type of file (music, photos, video, etc.), any number of files, and any size of files. And outside of the quick application install, it’s as simple as can be (no configuration, no passwords, and no online accounts).

That’s not to say that I don’t have a couple of suggestions for SlingVine. For one, it’d be nice if the queue (where it shows you what you’ve sent/received) had two separate sections: one for sent and one for received. As it is, all your files (sent or received) or in the same list.

I should also mention that this is peer-to-peer (P2P) technology. If your file or set of files is larger than 50 megabytes, then the source computer needs to stay on in order for others to receive the files being sent.

When I first started using SlingVine, I did run into a snag. But I emailed SlingVine support and received a response (and fix) within an hour on a Sunday. Not that there’s any guaranteed response time, but it definitely made a first impression!

Bottom line: I think SlingVine is useful for particular situations. For me personally, I like the idea of an easy way to send a group of files while preserving file structure (something not possible with email). It’s definitely convenient.