As 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.
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.
When someone visits the link in a browser, they will either see your file or immediately start downloading it.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
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
- Arch Linux
- 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.
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!