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AlmostVPN is an SSH tunnel manager for Mac OS X with a twist. This is what makes AlmostVPN different:

  • It's packaged as Preference Pane, so you do not have to use yet another application to configure your tunnels
  • It uses creative network configuration techniques to provide almost VPN-like access to remote services, so you can keep using real IP addresses and port numbers while accessing service on the other side of your tunnels.
  • It provides a simple way to:
    • Mount remote volumes
    • Use your remote printers and faxes
    • Access your iTunes, iPhoto and more...

    What's New

    Version 1.6/226: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

    Requirements

    Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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    Pirx Member IconComment+208
    Pirx
    +0

    www.leapingbytes.com seems to be down.
    August 4, 2007, 1:26 a.m. Eastern

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    Version 1.5.1
    k0t1k (Developer) Member IconDev+5
    k0t1k (Developer)
    +0

    www.leapingbytes.com is back in business.

    thank you for your patience.

    Andrei Tchijov
    Leaping Bytes, LLC

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    Version 1.4
    k0t1k (Developer) Member IconDev+5
    k0t1k (Developer)
    +0

    My trusty G4 which was used as a web/mail server by Leaping Bytes, just went down hard. I am trying to figure out what to do about it.
    Sorry for inconvenience,
    Andrei Tchijov
    Leaping Bytes, LLC

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    Version 1.4
    k0t1k (Developer)
    +0

    UPDATE: e-mail is working again. Site should be up and running in next 24 hours.

    Andrei Tchijov
    Leaping Bytes, LLC

    ImperialFlow Member IconReview+4
    ImperialFlow
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    There are a lot of comments about how easy this software is to use, and I can only believe that that must be for an older version.

    I recently tried v1.4 to simply give me a nice interface for starting and stopping some SSH tunnels to a few servers I need to access.

    The setup for this is so complicated I can't begin to understand the rhyme or reason. After an hour of just trying to get one tunnel working following the documentation at the developer's website I gave up.

    The interface is crowded, the "Profile" and "Service" mechanism couldn't be more counter-intuitive, and once you get it all setup you can't even change the hostname of the "source" location to anything that makes sense... you know... like "localhost"

    Anyway. I gave up. It was MUCH easier to download the old source code of "SSH Tunnel Manager" and build myself a Universal Binary than it was to get AlmostVPN to do a basic SSH tunnel.

    AlmostVPN needs an AlmostVPN Lite for those people who are just looking for a tunnel manager.

    I'm giving it 2 stars because, while it didn't crash on me, it couldn't achieve what I wanted in any kind of intuitive manner.

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    Version 1.4
    k0t1k (Developer)
    +0

    Just wondering ... I assume that you were using command line SSH before trying AlmostVPN. If this is the case, why command line import "Configure/Quick Config/Command Line", did not work for you?

    Andrei Tchijov
    Leaping Bytes, LLC

    chigh Member IconReview+0
    chigh
    +0

    This is for the demo of the PRO version.

    The functionality of this software looks very promising. The menubar feature is definitely what I'm wanting. I've been using SSH Tunnel Manager and it has done the trick quite well, but it has lacked a few things AlmostVPN seems to promise.

    My only beef: Setting up the services is a real PITA.

    Yes, I've imported my settings from SSHTM. Each of the individual "tunnel" from SSHTM would be equivalent to a Profile in AlmostVPN. Each port redirection in SSHTM is a Service. Each Profile uses one SSH Server, multiple Hosts, and multiple Services. I have two Profiles in which I'm most interested. I have one Profile setup for when I am at home and one Profile for when I am anywhere else. Each Profile is setup identically; 10 Services, a handfull of Hosts, and one SSH Server. The only difference between the two profiles is the SSH server.

    When I've imported the settings from SSHTM, AlmostVPN creates both SSH servers, but only one Profile; I need two. In that one Profile, only 10 Services are listed; I would expect to see 20. Of the 10 Services which are there, I am unable to distinguish which SSH server each of the Services is using - I could be missing the elephant in the middle of the room. I can't very well use my home setup outside my own network.

    So, I've embarked on setting them up individually. It isn't difficult to do, but it IS time consuming, and unfortunately, since this is still only an RC release, it likes to crash after I've created about four or five of those Services. When I reopen the System Preferences, I see I've lost at least half of them each time. The only way to avoid losing any changes I've made, is to close System Preferences after creating each service.

    All in all, I've spent close to an hour trying to set it up and I lost all my settings. So, now that I have gotten the hang of it, it'll probably only take me another 15 minutes to get it back the way I want it. I'll cross my fingers that it sticks. I'd rather it import from SSHTM like I think it should. That would've been a lot easier.

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    Version 1.0rc2
    k0t1k (Developer)
    +0

    Hi there, It looks like you have quite a sophisticated SSHTM configuration. I will be more than happy to work with you to improve import functionality of AlmostVPN. If you interested, please contact me at support@leapingbytes.com

    Andrei Tchijov
    Leaping Bytes, LLC

    chigh
    +0

    Thanks! An email is on the way.

    detlevski Member IconComment+84
    detlevski
    +0

    AlmostVPN is a must have for anyone who wants to establish a secure connection.
    Andrei's (developer) support is great and very helpfull.
    It is also very handy for setting up a
    SSH to a MySQL server with limited (only localhost) access.

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    Version 1.0rc2
    redage Member IconComment-2
    redage
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    Not only was it starting an unauthorized internet-connection before even up to configuring. My claim to the developer was handled immedeatly, "a mistake, next version won't have anymore" so I trashe the app.

    Next day I wanted to upload as usual, and got posix errors, no uploads whatsoever. Finally I found a system keychain called almostVPN, that wouln't react to any password I'd given, even not to root.

    So I had to trash it with other means. After that
    I could upload again.

    That's true.

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    Version 1.0rc1a
    k0t1k (Developer)
    +0

    1) "Unauthorized internet connection" - AlmostVPN 1.0 using XML parser to parse preferences file (~/Library/Preferences/com.leapingbytes.AlmostVPNPRO.plist). This file (as many XML files do) contains reference to DTD ( Document Type Definition ) http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd. XML parser default behavior is to try to download DTD file so it can verify that XML file it is about to parse is "good one". This issue tracked as Trouble Ticket #219 (http://www.leapingbytes.com/almostvpn/ticket/219) on AlmostVPN web site.

    2) "AlmostVPN keychain" - This keychain gets created(and used) by AlmostVPN 0.9.x (and 1.0 RC1 though it is not using it). It has automatically generated password which is stored in login keychain as almostVPN@almostVPN. I have serious doubts that this keychain had anything to do with "posix errors", but more than happy to work with author of the original post to figure out what exactly going on.

    Andrei Tchijov
    Leaping Bytes, LLC

    ncianca Member IconReview+23
    ncianca
    +0

    This tool rocks! Not only does it work but it's easy to setup and very flexible. If you are stuck at a clients or behind a corporate firewall that blocks your access to the outside world, you can use this to get your email, filesharing, etc.

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    Version 0.9.15
    DAU Member IconComment+0
    DAU
    +0

    as a dummie user i was stupid enough to install this tool without knowing what was coming upon me... network problems were solved by the admin, an now i cant access any site in the wb anymore.. can anyone help me to reset any changes almostvpn made to standard? i already uninstalled it but something remains that keeps me from accessing websites...

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    Version 0.9.14
    k0t1k (Developer)
    +0

    Dau, could you please explain what kind of problem you are having with AlmostVPN? What you describe sounds quite drastic (and very unusual for AlmostVPN user experience).

    I will be more than happy to help you to fix any problem you may have with AlmostVPN. You can e-mail me directly at

    support@leapingbytes.com


    Andrei Tchijov
    Leaping Bytes, LLC

    DAU
    +0

    as i can say so far, support of the developers is simply great. some other major developers can only look up to this.

    Pirx Member IconComment+208
    Pirx
    +0

    The People's Republic of China has chosen to block all and any access to leapingbytes.com. I would regard that being a medal of honour, if the worlds no.1 paraniod censors are that much scared of leapingbytes.com.

    But, it also poses a problem to download from leapingbytes.com.

    Can you put AlmostVPN on a mirror-server somewhere?

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    Version 0.9.13
    Gaoshan
    +0

    Do what everyone in China does and use a proxy server. It is simple to set up and it's what practically every internet savy person there does. You can also try Tor... worked great for me last time I was in China.

    The Great Firewall, while unfortunate and a bad idea, isn't all the Great, it's more of an inconvenience.

    k0t1k
    +0

    Actually AlmostVPN.dmg files are hosted on idisk. For example as of now, latest version could be downloaded from this URL:http://idisk.mac.com/atchijov/Public/AlmostVPN-0.9.13.dmg.zip. Version numbers are sequential, so next version will have URL http://idisk.mac.com/atchijov/Public/AlmostVPN-0.9.14.dmg.zip and so on so forth.

    The only real benefit of going through Leaping Bytes web site is that it will re-direct you to latest and greatest version automatically.

    Once you got working version of AlmostVPN, you can use it to by-pass 'Great Wall' and get direct access to www.leapingbytes.com.

    Pirx
    +0

    To avoid the ridiculous, total waste of time to find daily a working proxy server that has not already been blocked by the censors, it might be much more advantageous to just upload almostVPN to an unconspicuous mirror.

    Pirx
    +0

    http://idisk.mac.com/atchijov/Public/ and all thereafter is blocked, too, by the censors.

    k0t1k
    +0

    Pirx, I am quite sure that Leaping Bytes will not object to anyone who will want to "mirror" AlmostVPN. The only concern is to keep "mirrored" version up to speed with new releases.

    Gaoshan
    +0

    "...avoid the ridiculous, total waste of time..." As I said, it requires some minor technical knowledge to use proxy servers effectively. For anyone reading this, you can find and switch proxies in a matter of seconds.

    k0t1k
    +0

    Pirx, try these two

    http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=39325

    http://www.savefile.com/files/4612582

    Pirx
    +0

    k0t1k: thanks a million!

    gaoshan: if you have nothing to contribute, then no one would object if you would just remain silent.

    Gaoshan
    +0

    Pirx, I was trying to assist you. You seem to have taken it as an attack on you and responded childishly. Next time just take the advice for what it is and try to chill.

    k0t1k (Developer)
    +0

    0.9.14

    http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=60943

    http://www.savefile.com/files/6639092

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    Downloads 19,897
    Version Downloads 1,128
    License Shareware
    Date 26 Oct 2007
    Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
    Price $15.00