Email messages can bounce if the file attachment size becomes too large. For instance, if you use Microsoft Outlook at work and send a 20 MB project report to a client who is on Yahoo! Mail, that message will never reach his inbox owing to the file size.

There’s a neat solution to this common problem now and it’s from Adobe.

outlook-acrobat

You probably remember that Adobe offers a free file hosting service at acrobat.com where you can store up to 5 GB of files for free. Now they have released a free Outlook add-in that make it easy for anyone to share files by email without having to worry about the size of attachments.

When you attach any files to your Outlook email, the add-in will directly upload them to your online acrobat account and will also insert the download links in the email message.

You can attach files of most common extensions (no MP3 songs or video clips though) and the email recipient can download the file directly from the web without having to create any account at acrobat.com.

YouSendIt for Outlook vs Acrobat.com

YouSendIt for Outlook is a similar add-in but there are a couple of reasons why you may want to use acrobat.com over yousendit:

1. Acrobat.com service is free with 5 GB of storage space.

2. Acrobat includes document preview so your email recipients can read PDF and Office files in the web browser itself without having to download the attachment.

3. File attachments stored on acrobat.com have no expiration date.

4. Email attachments that get uploaded to your online Acrobat.com account are assigned a unique web URL so you can use the same links in web pages, wikis, etc.

The downside is that the Acrobat.com Add-in for Microsoft Outlook supports Office 2007 only while the YouSendIt plugin is also available for Office 2003.