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Need a Drop.io Alternative? Tonido is a Groovy Service Worth a Look!

Tonido, cloud computing from your computerAs soon as Drop.io announced that they were bought by Facebook, Tonido created a new welcome page for exiled users.  Needless to say I took the bait and gave Tonido a spin – the results? I’m impressed.  Not only does it allow easy file sharing, but it could give VPN’s a run for their money.  Sporting a free price tag, I haven’t seen anything like it ever before.  Though, with the implementation of mobile apps you could compare it to Dropbox – except so far, it “appears” to go above and beyond.

The real seller that pulled me in was the idea of 1 Click -no upload required- file sharing.   Tonido has many other features, but the file sharing has to be the keystone that really makes it shine.

How 1-Click Sharing Works

After you’ve installed Tonido, it adds a 1-Click Share option to your context menu in Windows.  To share something, just Right-Click the item and Select Tonido 1-Click Share.

1 click tonido file share

A 1-Click Share window will appear with the URL inside.  It will automatically copy the URL so all you have to do is Paste it to wherever or whoever you want to send the file to.

tonido url share

When someone visits the link in a browser, they will either see your file or immediately start downloading it.

tonido picture share

Incase the pictures and screenshots weren’t enough, we dug up this video below that will demonstrate how 1-Click file sharing with Tonido works.

Like what you see?  Below we’ll review just a small portion of what else Tonido has to offer.

Installation – PC Version

Unlike with VPN’s and other remote sharing solutions, setup is easy.  Just download the Installer from http://tonido.com/application_download.html and run it.  Launch the installer then Click Next a few times.  Done.  Seriously, it was so easy that even grandma could do it.

tonido setup

Account Creation

After you finish installation it will open up the Account creation page.  All of your account credentials are stored locally* on your computer, the only thing stored online is the Account name which is also your Tonido URL. Pick a strong password because whoever goes to this URL could possibly have access to every file on your computer if they guess your password.

Whenever creating an account for ANY online service it’s important to know that company’s privacy policy.  Tonido’s privacy policy is solid, your data belongs to you and they don’t collect any information on you or any files that you transmit.

*The Tonido Terms of Service point out further that your password is stored locally and they do not have access to any of your files.

You shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Password and since Your Password is never transmitted to CodeLathe, in the event you forget Your Password, it is not possible to recover the Password and login into the profile.  CodeLathe is not responsible for any Password issues You may encounter, including lost or stolen passwords.

tonido account page

Remotely Manage Your Entire Computer From A Web Browser

After you register Tonido will automatically open up the control panel in your default web browser.  The default URL address for this is http://127.0.0.1:10001/ui/core/index.html which is entirely local and can be managed offline.  You can access this same control panel online from your username.tonidoid.com and that should be displayed in the top-right of the control panel.

remotely manage entire computer

Supported Devices

Tonido works on a lot of different systems and platforms.  You can find system specific downloads for nearly any device from the Tonido download page.

  • Windows XP, 2000, Vista, and Windows 7 are supported
  • Portable USB Flash Drive version for Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Ubunutu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu
  • Fedora/OpenSUSE
  • Arch Linux
  • Mepis
  • iPhone (Officially available in the App Store)
  • Android (Available in Android Market)

Stream Files and Music From Your Computer To Your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry Phone

With the Android or iPhone you can browse your entire computer and open the music, videos, or really any file that you want.  It even works to an extent on Blackberry, they aren’t trying to leave anyone out.  Of course, whether it can actually open certain files depends on your device.  Tonido may grant you access to your .wmv collection of movies but it can’t play them on say, an iPhone unless you were to convert them first to .mp4 format.

tonido iphone apptonido mobile music player

Conclusion

When you install Tonido on your computer, it becomes a cloud server.  You can manage your PC from anywhere, share files with anyone –directly.  It’s simple enough that non-geeks can handle it.  I give Tonido two groovy-thumbs up so you can expect more groovypost’s on this cool service as I get more familiar with it!

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5 Responses to Need a Drop.io Alternative? Tonido is a Groovy Service Worth a Look!

  1. groovinJackman November 4, 2010 at 5:38 am #

    Interesting–I feel like everyone is trying to get this streaming multimedia to your mobile device to be the next big thing. Why lug around a 120 GB brick when you can stream it al from the cloud or your computer? Definitely won’t work in planes, caves or Indian burial grounds, though. And someone needs to come up with a groovy streaming media player that’s as good as the iPod interface so it doesn’t feel like Winamp circa 20th century.

    • Vadim November 4, 2010 at 8:30 am #

      And is it just me or is everyone trying to jump onto the “Easily share stuff to people” bandwagon? Dropbox, sugarsync, yousendit, and even join.me

      I guess there’s nothing like having options and the one thing that sounds good here is I can share stuff even if it’s not in my Dropbox/Public folder. Ok… I guess that sounds cool.

      • MrGroove November 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

        Well, I personally believe in having a healthy competitive marketplace. It drives innovation and keeps prices low. 🙂

  2. Leslie February 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    What do you mean with this statement:
    “Pick a strong password because whoever goes to this (Tonido”) URL could possibly have access to every file on your computer if they guess your password.” ??
    Besides the password strength, how do I prevent access to my home computer? That seems like an open-file sharing system that you cannot turn off once the URL is published. Is that correct?
    If so, that is a huge risk.
    Please advise.
    Thanks
    Leslie

  3. Jeri Bozwell May 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    And so, here is the solution. A web site called Gingle (www.gingle.co.cc) will give you all of this and even more (yes, all of this is for FREE!!).

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