Mi­crosoft’s Near Share not as good as Tonido

Computer Active (UK) - - Letters -

I read with in­ter­est your news ar­ti­cle on Mi­crosoft’s Near Share (News, Is­sue 515, page 7) and how good it is for send­ing files. But what a palaver! Sen­der and re­ceiver must be ‘nearby’, and both must have the pro­gram. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a pro­gram that al­lowed both ends to be any­where in the world, and only the sen­der needed the pro­gram?

Well, there is – it’s called Tonido Server ( www.tonido.com). The prin­ci­ple is you are shar­ing a file or folder di­rectly from your com­puter, so it’s not on the web at all. You right-click what you want to share, se­lect ‘Tonido 1-click share’, and an http link is copied to your clip­board. You then mail the link to as many peo­ple as you like – and that’s it. They don’t need Tonido them­selves. When they click the link, it opens in a browser.

The down­side is that the orig­i­nat­ing com­puter has to be switched on to en­able ac­cess, but that’s hardly oner­ous if a group or fam­ily want to share pho­tos of an event, and it would be tem­po­rary. And for non-com­mer­cial use, it’s free. I have shared hun­dreds of pho­tos (and other files) this way with­out pay­ing a penny. For larger files, in­clud­ing videos, the link be­comes a download link, us­ing the re­cip­i­ent’s band­width. James Gour­ley

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