Skip to main content

Binfer - File Transfers without the Middle Men

Binfer is a desktop Java application that allows you to transfer large or multiple files to any internet connected device directly - bypassing the need to upload or temporarily store anything on a server 'in the cloud'.

You can even transfer files directly to devices and computers with a modern web browser that do not have the Binfer application installed. As well those same devices can send large files directly to your Binfer Desktop application simply by filling out an online form.

Built into the desktop application is a simple text chat feature allowing you to chat directly with other Binfer desktop application users in your contact list.

Files transferred are AES 128 bit encrypted by default - which can be turned off if you wish.

There's no limit on the number or size of files you can transfer although Binfer limits the amount of data you can transfer based on your user license. A free license will allow you to transfer up to 200MB of data.

File transfer speeds will vary depending on the speed of the internet connection between devices and the number and size of the files being transferred. Transfers can also be resumed if the connection drops out.

The only caveat here is that it requires the computer with the files to be transferred to be turned on at the time and during the transfer. Which kind of makes sense of why a file transfer program has a chat feature - so you can see when people you're exchanging files with are online.

Binfer desktop application interface.

An application like Binfer is not something that I would use very often. Being a solo creator it's rare that I need to transfer large files over the internet. However I would find it useful for sending copies of completed animated videos to my clients.

The good thing is that my clients would not have to install Binfer (or anything for that matter) in order to receive the file. All they need is a modern web browser. To send a file from the desktop you just send an email to your recipient right from within the application. They receive the email with a link to the Binfer web site where they can initiate the file transfer by clicking a link.

For this review I thought I'd test out Binfer's ability to transfer files to and from a mobile device. I have a seven inch, Android 2.2 tablet that I use for playing videos. It also has a camera from which I can record video.

First up I sent a 13MB MP4 video file from the Binfer desktop application to the tablet simply by sending a message to my gmail account. I then accessed my gmail account on my tablet clicked the link and downloaded the file from my desktop computer through Binfer's site (noting that you only initiate the transfer from Binfer's site. The file its-self is not stored on the site). The file took about 5-6 minutes to transfer.

I then used the Binfer website to transfer 1MB 3GP video file from my tablet back to my desktop. Which I realize is a very small file but I really just wanted to go through the process. Entering my Binfer login email address meant the message and file went straight to the Binfer desktop application and appeared there within a few minutes.

Whilst these transfers weren't exactly a strain on the software it does demonstrate how you could use Binfer to extend your network, keeping your home or work desktop switched on then using internet connected mobile devices to transfer files back as you work.

Initially I found this application to be a little confusing (I didn't really understand that you can send a file to any email address, not just people in your contacts), but once I understood how the messaging system worked to transfer files it was very easy to use. I could certainly see how Binfer would be especially useful to anyone working collaboratively over the internet from different geographic locations.

Not having to wait for a file to upload to a server before you can then download it would also save a considerable amount of time on medium to large files.

There's not too much else to say. Binfer does the job of file transfers using the familiar process of sending a message. There's no need to mess around with FTP software, get server settings or spend ages looking around for a file sharing service that can handle large files. Almost anyone should be able to set the software up and start transferring files within minutes.

The interface can be customized with various skins if you like your software color scheme to match your desktop etc. You are also given the code to embed Binfer's web drop form into any web site so you could set up a page for people to send files right on your site.

The applications range of paid plans seems quite reasonable with plans to suit most levels of use including pay as you go and monthly options.

If you have a need to transfer big files on a regular basis then Binfer could be just what you're looking for. Definitely an ideal tool for collaborators with a need to share a lot of files with a minimum of fuss.


Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing.
    Pando is another alternative for this.User are allowed to transfer files upto 1 GB with Pando at free of cost.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

* Thanks to constant spam comments by a Casino Marketing Moron who won't get the message that spam comments WILL be deleted ALL comments will be moderated and only cool, on topic comments will be approved.

I welcome, read, and respond to genuine comments relating to each post. If your comment isn't that save me some time by not posting it.

Popular posts from this blog

Featured Animator: Christian Haynes - 'Zack In Time' An Original, Independent, Animated Series on the Rise

Christian Haynes - Zack In Time.  If you've ever wanted to create an animated TV series staring your own original characters and stories then Los Angeles based writer, director, and animator, Christian Haynes is taking those next steps of putting together a team, developing a pitch/trailer for their series, Zack In Time. Featuring professional studio quality animation, they hope the show will get picked up by an animation studio for an official series. The path he and his team are taking is one you could easily follow as they deal with real life commitments, and building a following on Instagram and Tik-Tok showcasing their work behind the scenes. TET: Tell me a little about yourself. Who you are, and why you started animating? My name is Christian Haynes and I've loved animation ever since I was a kid. I would constantly be drawing cartoon characters from TV shows and movies and making my own little homemade comic strips.  As I got older, I became a lot more interested in st

Wonder Unit Storyboarder - Free Storyboarding Software for People Who Can (or Can't) Draw

Wonder Unit Storyboarder.  As an independent and solo animator I'm always tempted to try and skip storyboarding my animated shorts because they're usually only single scene sketch comedy type jokes. As a result I have many unfinished projects that kind of petered out due to having no clear finishing line. Storyboarding your productions, no matter how small, gives you a step by step guide of every shot that needs to be completed (no planning shots as you animate). It also allows you to create an animatic that gives you a rough preview of the finished production. In short, you shouldn't skip storyboards as they, generally, increase the chance of the project being completed. Disclaimer - I'm Not a Fan of Storyboarder Upfront, Wonder Unit's Storyboarder  is not my preferred storyboarding software. However it's completely free, has a number of very compelling featu

Shotcut - Free Open Source Video Editor for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Shotcut Open Source Video Editor. I've been on the hunt for a while now for the best, free, open source, video editing application out there. In Shotcut , by Meltytech , which has versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux, I think I may have found a real front runner. This won't be a feature filled review, rather it will be my first impressions after having used Shotcut on a few of my YouTube videos so far. One of my key criteria for a video editor is the ability to import any video format directly into the project. This may seem like an odd focus initially but having convert video to something your video editor can use is annoyingly time consuming, and it creates a new generation of footage, potentially with a loss in quality if you don't really know much about video format specs (that's this guy right here!). Shotcut will happily work with my OBS recordings (.FLV), and .MOV, .MP4 files that I get from two different cameras. Not only that but Shotcut doesn't hold me up

How to Use Plask and Reallusion's 3DXchange to Create Full Body 3D Motion Capture Animation for Cartoon Animator

Last month I reviewed Plask , a free, browser based app that allows you to create 3D motion capture files for animation from a webcam or prerecorded video footage. At the time my hope was that Plask could be used to create 3D motion capture files for Cartoon Animator 4. Unfortunately my knowledge of how to export 3D animation motion files between applications is fairly basic and I wasn't able to figure it out. However, thanks to 3D animation enthusiast and game developer, Freedom (of the YouTube Channel Freedom Arts ), who published a tutorial on how to use Plask with iClone7 characters (in my review I wasn't able to work that out either) there is now a workflow from Plask, via Reallusion's  3DXchange , to Cartoon Animator that is relatively easy to follow and works well. Note: If you want to try this out, 3DXchange is available as a free 30 day trial download if you don't have it. Creating Your 3D Motion Capture File in Plask I'm not going to do a detailed run

Create 2D Animated Characters with 3D Character Creator Tools and Artistic Filters

3D CC3 TET Character, based on my Oppa Doll Avatar, used as the base for a 2D CA4 character. One of my favorite things to do is to create characters with any type of Avatar/Character creator app. In fact the first test I usually try with these tools is, can I make an avatar of me (or at least my The Extraordinary Tourist persona). Previously I've used 2D character creators like Oppa Doll as a source of artwork for some characters I've made for Reallusion's Cartoon Animator 4 animation studio but 2D character creators are limited to... well 2D. 3D Character Creators While you may think 3D character creators have no place in creating characters for 2D animation there are quite a number of advantages including: No drawing skills required. Render characters in any style. Use an art filter or even hand trace into line art. Need to animate the character in a specific pose or angle? Render out an image of the character in the required angle and animate it in 2D. Quicker to crea

KIT Scenarist - Free, Open Source, Screenwriting Software that Helps Research Your Ideas Too

KIT Scenarist Script Writing Software's Mascot, Alexander Cat. While you can write a script in any word processing app, if you're writing stories (screenplays) that feature characters and dialogue, a dedicated script writing app can save a lot of time formatting, letting you focus more on the actual story. Script writing apps are also very useful if you plan to send your screenplays out to production companies, or if you're collaborating with actors and other production people, who are used to scripts being in a particular standard format.  [Note: In case you're wondering there are reasons scripts follow a standard format and are always written in Courier (typewriter) font, including but not limited to; being easy to read by actors, plenty of space for notes, and the general rule that one page of a script (in this format) equals approximately one minute of screen time.] KIT Scenarist , in my opinion, is one of the best script writing apps out there for ease of use, simp

Artbreeder - Using AI created Character and Background Content in your Animations

A selection of User/AI generated images from Artbreeder. If you're looking for an endless supply of 2D character and background images for your animations then Artbreeder , an online Artificial Intelligence (AI) that generates image mash-ups you can tweak as much as you like, could be the ultimate content library. What is Artbreeder? Artbreeder is free to use though there are various paid plans, that give you additional features, such as higher resolution download images or more settings to play with. All images created on the site are Public Domain (CC0 License) and can be used in commercial projects. Using Artbreeder's online app you can generate head shot portraits, full body characters, landscapes, and other scenes simply by choosing two or more existing images to mash together then, using a series of sliders, to select which traits from each image you wish to lean toward in the final image. Photo Comparison - Top is my original uploaded photo. Bottom is Artbreeder's ap