Microsoft’s Near Share not as good as Tonido
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