ShareTool
ShareTool
2.4.2

4.1

ShareTool free download for Mac

ShareTool2.4.2

14 October 2013

Access local Bonjour services from anywhere in the world.

Overview

ShareTool is the smart and secure way to take your home or office network with you wherever you go. So smart, in fact, that we've been named a Mac Gem and an Apple Staff Pick.

ShareTool is a fast, extremely secure, and magical way to remain connected to your home or office network(s) no matter where you are physically. While connected with ShareTool, many shared (Bonjour-enabled) services on your remote home or office network automatically appear in your Finder, iTunes, iPhoto, and tons of other applications (just as they would if you were physically located at that network).

For example, let's assume you're away for business or on vacation somewhere. With ShareTool, you would be able to:

  • encrypt all of your Web traffic and route it through your home network
  • browse the Web securely
  • listen to your entire home iTunes music library,
  • iTunes Home Sharing fully supported across the internet
  • control the screen of any of your home computers,
  • grab that important file you forgot to bring with you
  • connect to your FileMaker Pro database
  • connect to your complete home iPhoto library
  • print on your home network
  • and a whole lot more

ShareTool automatically provides Bonjour over VPN connections as well. No messy configuration required. In addition, you can run ShareTool as a Mac OS X service via a background daemon. This means you don't actually need to be logged in as a user to share your network. Further, ShareTool 2 supports connecting to multiple networks at the same time! There no longer is a limit to the number of networks you can be connected to simultaneously.

What's new in ShareTool

Version 2.4.2:
New:
  • Compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Other:
  • Various bug fixes and tweaks
  • The demo period has been reset for all users

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53 Reviews of ShareTool

5
Pbertrand
13 May 2010
Version: 2.0

Most helpful

Excellent upgrade! Having access to my lab and hoe network at all times is absolutely priceless. Well done.
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Beamy
28 July 2014
Version: 2.4.2
ShareTool is now freeware and can be found on the website of the original developer: http://www.bainsware.com :)
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Yazsoft
26 April 2014
Version: 2.4.2
Thank you for all the heart felt comments. While Yazsoft is no more, I am currently looking to turn the page and possibly carry on a new path. I am on the lookout for someone serious and capable to help build the next major versions of some apps I have in mind including existing ones. I still use almost all of them daily btw. While no longer supported, they still work. I would like to ensure they live on and grow but I need some help. Please only serious people contact me. Thank you all for your support. Johnny.
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4.5
GoMary
03 March 2014
Version: 2.4.2
Very sad to see ShareTool go! I have used for many years and invaluable. Any news when the free version will be up and running? Will check out Slink now, to see if it can do the same as ShareTool in the meantime.
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4.5
Skippingrock
26 February 2014
Version: 2.4.2
Yazsoft has shutdown :(. They have transferred the codebase of ShareTool to Bains Software which will shortly re-release it as a free application. http://www.bainsware.com/ It is still working for me but I dare not sign out or change anything with my settings for fear that it will stop. Sad to see Yazsoft go, but glad they found a home for this one. Wish they did for the other ones they made. FYI if you are trying to download this, try archive.org.
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0.5
DavidVance8808
29 December 2013
Version: 2.4.2
This product is useless...and "technical support" does not exist. This worked for about 5 to 7 days and then just quit. The FAQ's technical support they offer does not address my issue correctly. I know what I'm doing when it comes to most PC's, MAC's and even networking...but this product really is trash. Stay away from it. It's useless.
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Tachy0n
13 May 2013
Version: 2.4.1
If you are thinking of buying this, now is probably not a good time. Their authentication servers seem to have been down since around the 6th of May, and although we have posted on their forum http://yazsoft.com/f/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2265 there has been no response from the company as to what is wrong, and when we could expect it to be fixed. Without anything official I can only speculate that they've run out of money.
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5
Woofer9220
24 March 2013
Version: 2.4.1
Don't leave home without this one. This is the most powerful bonjour services app I've used. I'm just hoping they do something for an iPad in the future.
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Stuart-99110da1
01 August 2012
Version: 2.3.2
Question - Is this TWO licenses for $12.50? I see that on kagi.com, it is stated that: ShareTool 2: 2 Licenses (20% OFF) $25.00 IMPORTANT: New ShareTool users should purchase the "2 Licenses" package. A minimum of two licenses is required for use. SO - I would like to KNOW that this is the same deal - meaning it has the TWO licenses needed to run it. Thanks, Stuart
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jimkahnw
07 April 2012
Version: 2.3.2
I couldn't get ShareTool to work in neither a Lion nor a Snow Leopard boot partition on my MBP. I emailed the dev with screen shots of my settings and was told I was good to go. There's probably a settings issue with my router, but the dev never got back to me to trouble shoot. The 6 day trial is ridiculously short if there's no response for tech support. I'll find another way.
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5
Keomolok
10 January 2012
Version: 2.2.7
I can access my iTunes library anywhere around the world! Screenshare my Mac Mini and iMac from work. Transfer files I forgot at home. Help out my wife without wondering what she's looking at the screen... priceless! Thanks Yazsoft!
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4.5
Ogc72
28 September 2011
Version: 2.2.6
I use it everyday to connect with my different offices. Works very well, now an essential tool for me
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Maury56
20 April 2011
Version: 2.2.2
Does this work with my iPad2? Can I access my home miniMac when I am out in a WiFi spot with my iPad2? Maury
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4.5
Christian-Sodemann
07 April 2011
Version: 2.2.2
Excellent! Works as advertised - and is quite fast even over 3G.
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5
El-Grande
26 February 2011
Version: 2.2.1
Works absolutely great, easy to use (also for my wife), perfect out-of-the-box solution. There´s nothing else to add than: Thanx Yazsoft Also thanx to Jonny for quick email resposnse and quick troubleshooting. I really appreciate that kind of business. No need to think about Back-to-my-Mac or VPNTracker (which works well but is quite more difficult to install and lightyears more expensive). Yazsoft got one satisfied customer more.
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5
Marcus-Hirst
17 February 2011
Version: 2.2.1
Wonderful and easy way to network. Has taken all the headaches out and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Who needs VPN or SSH with this! Well done Yazsoft!
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4.5
drdavedmin
10 February 2011
Version: 2.2.1
I have used this app for about 3 years, and it just keeps getting better and the support is outstanding. Best way to log in to your computer from elsewhere, hands down
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5
Pbertrand
04 February 2011
Version: 2.2.1
This is one bad ass app! Completely replaced Back to my Mac (which never EVER worked for me) Not a single glitch since!!!
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4.5
mrdrc
28 January 2011
Version: 2.2
I've been using ST for several months to provide remote support to friends/family. It works well, avoiding the hassle of manually setting up SSH tunnels, mapping ports, etc. Once you're connected to the remote network, file shares appear just as if they were locally mounted, and you can share screens, route jobs to printers, etc. Access is one-way: users on the office (central) network can't access assets on the 'remote' Mac. Support is phenomenal: Johnny and his colleagues are very responsive and have quickly answered my e-mails anytime I've needed to contact them.
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5
HHawkins
11 January 2011
Version: 2.1.2
ShareTool was recommended to me by an Apple tech at the genius bar for remote access to my home office. I couldn't be happier with the recommendation and the app itself. I had a question; Johnny from Yazsoft responded in less than a minute with a detailed response - I was floored. He even suggested I try out competing apps to really understand why ShareTool stands out. I did - I downloaded Slink. At first it looks alright, but then it was way too cumbersome to use and didn't really feel as integrated as ShareTool. If Apple recommends ShareTool, there's a reason for it and I believe it now. Highly recommended - and Johnny, if you ever need a job in advertising - call me!!
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5
GBastien
21 December 2010
Version: 2.1.2
Top notch utility. Extremely simple, straight to the point, and it works right out of the box. Very happy customer!
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4
Bordsenius
13 December 2010
Version: 2.1.2
Just tried this and it works perfect. Even if I am 4000 km and 2 firewalls away from home all my files are accessible. With remote desktop and everything else as well. I did not have any problems configuring with the vps option at all.
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22duke
13 November 2010
Version: 2.1.2
never worked for me, auto configuration does not work with my cable router or with other routers I tried previously and never received a response to the email I send.
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5
Starcasino
15 August 2010
Version: 2.1
ShareTool v2.1 is a GodSend. Its simplicity is incredible. Does the job is was designed for. Installation is a breeze… And Johnny [Tech Support] is like no other! He even went beyond the call of duty and provided pointers in getting other network related issues resolved. Who can ask for anything else? Sharetool v2.1 is indispensable -- buy your license today! My configuration is working great, and so is my IP Cam Thank you Johnny -- STAR CASINO
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5
Kent-Hovey-Smith
27 July 2010
Version: 2.0.3
@FONSR I've got the same setup as you (Time Capsule) and ShareTool works flawlessly with it. A friend of mine encountered an issue with it at the beginning as well but it turned out that he had another router (not as good) setup as his main router. Johnny from Yazsoft assisted in the setup for getting things up and running and ShareTool now runs great there as well. You may want to check back with Johnny or have someone more techie do so if you're not very comfortable with the idea. AFAIC, I can't recommend ShareTool enough.
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Fonsr
26 July 2010
Version: 2.0.3
Tried Sharetool and do wish it would have worked. However, although the developer made several suggestions, we could not get it to work. I am working on a 24" Intel Mac running OS10.6.4 and using a Time Capsule wireless router. Should be the perfect setup for Sharetool, but no luck in making it connect, even with the settings the developer recommended. Try it before you buy it ... hope it works for you.
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4
Dominikhoffmann
21 July 2010
Version: 2.0.3
ShareTool works really well. Before I had it, I would have to set up individual ssh tunnels for each service. Now I have access to my home printer, can help my wife troubleshoot by controlling her computer from work, and save files to my home server. It's almost a VPN. I'd give it the fifth star, if on the server side it could run as a daemon. Then I wouldn't have to be logged in there, and it would run even aft er a reboot. But then I gather that the Yazsoft people are thinking about including that feature in a future version.
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5
Misterfoon
20 July 2010
Version: 2.0.3
I was looking for a remote access to my home network, one that did not necessitate using a browser. ShareTool looked like it would work perfectly for my needs. I had trouble getting it up and running, even though I installed it for a friend, (who had also bought it during MacUpdate's special on it) and we had no trouble with his network. Yazsoft started emailing me right away, even though it was a Saturday; they kept giving suggestions until we got it solved. (It seems that VirusBarrier's firewall was being too vigilant.) Great product, great support!
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Robk
17 July 2010
Version: 2.0.3
For a FREE solution,try RNSplicer: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/18601/rnsplicer or see this article: http://www.h-online.com/features/Proxy-747412.html
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5
Cage123au
16 July 2010
Version: 2.0.3
Not often you get a chance to use software that just works as advertised. Strongly recommend the software. Email support is first class. Have 3 Macs on my system, works a charm. Will travel overseas shortly and intend to put it to the test then, but given what I have experienced so far, I'm sure it will work the way I expect.
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5
Mac-Adam
23 June 2010
Version: 2.0.2
Really Nice Software, I wish MenuBar Acces for Shared, Like than Server part. ( I really don't like icon in my Dock I must hide all time, MenuBar Acces could be nice ) Best regard
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5
Scott-C-H-
02 June 2010
Version: 2.0.2
Excellent shareware that just works. This new version allows me to connect to multiple networks, and it also keeps track of IP changes so I don't even have to use DynDNS, etc. It really works as advertised, and it works so well! I've been using this software everyday for over a year now since v.1.x days and I have had absolutely no issues whatsoever. Very strongly recommended if you want an easy-to-set-up-and-use remote access solution.
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5
anonymous-duck-4502
26 May 2010
Version: 2.0.2
Excellent product. It just works. Excellent technical support.
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5
Pbertrand
13 May 2010
Version: 2.0
Excellent upgrade! Having access to my lab and hoe network at all times is absolutely priceless. Well done.
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5
garbeth
17 January 2010
Version: 1.3.7
Love this program! Regular updates, just keeps on getting better. Excellent support from developer!
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5
Cnik
15 January 2010
Version: 1.3.6
CNIK One of the most helpful utilities out there. It delivers on all that it promises: - No hassle Setup (took me maybe 3min on every machine) - VPN like access that constantly works - very fast sharing (compared to BTMM) - all bonjour services are available I am sharing a 5 Mac Architecture office (including a mini snow leopard server and a linux NAS) with 3 external co-workers without any problems. One of the most worth mentioning services, furthermore is the support of the guys at Yazsoft ... extremely forthcoming. Simply thrilled !!!!
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5
Albanyco
14 January 2010
Version: 1.3.6
Simply wonderful. Works as advertised. Slick, functional, and doesn't get in the way. The perfect way to gain full access to your home network. Response from tech support is top-notch... fast, friendly, and effective. Best $$$ I've spent on my home setup in quite sometime.
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5
Smop
14 October 2009
Version: 1.3.1
I love that utility! Definitely one of the best sharewares I've found these past months... The company I work for doesn't allow outbound connections other than TCP 22/80/443. Thanks to ShareTool, I can now access to all my machines at home, including printers, Time Capsule, etc. The browsing proxy is great as well to test firewall rules and web sites seen as coming from the outside. And last but not least, ShareTool allowed me to get access to my POP/IMAP/SMTP servers by bypassing the company network policy. Of course, it would probably be possible to do the same thing by building SSH tunnels, playing with the VPN and and hacking around, but ShareTool makes it all up and running in ONE minute - 100% hassle free.
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nospam-5
10 September 2009
Version: 1.2.9
This statement: "Discounted pricing on ALL our product line; available on our Kagi store." is misleading and needs to be clarified. There are bundles in the Yazsoft store, but if you already own their products and want to add just one more, no discount for you. You either buy more of the item you already have, or you pay full price for the new product you want to buy. For me at least, it's less expensive to pay full price for ShareTool. Since I expected discounted pricing on "ALL our product line," I decided to skip the purchase. I wrote Yazsoft about this, to be sure I hadn't missed something. Nope. That's the way it is.
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22duke
06 September 2009
Version: 1.2.9
don't see the point this as it never worked for me. I tried several times over the last two years but I can never connect to my office machine which is behind Netgear router as well as having a different Netgear router at home. would love to get this working though as back to my Mac is awfully slow
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5
Scott-C-H-
28 May 2009
Version: 1.2.7
Incredibly good, very easy to use, and fast! Bought as a part of Yazsoft's Promo Bundle. It just works. I've tried other methods to access my network remotely and this one works the best by a large margin. Time is money. This one saves me time AND effort. Well worth investing $20.
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4
Andracula
15 May 2009
Version: 1.2.7
I've been trialing ShareTool (there's a generous 15min connection limit unregistered) and from what I can tell it just works. I connect from home on ADSL2+ straight through my works firewall to my desktop Mac. I can only comment on my reasonably high speed connection, but the performance is great in screen sharing mode. I love how I see all the shared connections on my work machine as well, as if I was sitting at the computer. Now there are no boundaries between work and home (is that a good thing? ;) As soon as these guys release an iPhone companion, Im there! PS. I cant justify 5 stars because - to be fair - I haven't tried the competition to the same extent. I like the natural mac-like interface and ease of use so much.
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5
Shatfield
29 March 2009
Version: 1.2.7
I started using ShareTool only 3 days ago, so this isn't a comprehensive review. I have MobileMe, with "Back to my Mac" enabled, running a full Apple network - Airport Extreme, Macs throughout. Only when I am home does it actually work as described by Apple. When I am at my office or in a hotel, I have about a 20% chance of it working. I could not connect to my computers, even though they were listed in the Shared section of the Finder window. Enter ShareTool! This has worked for me 100% of the time. I see the machines in the Shared section, click on them and voila! I get connected. Not only that, but I could access my iTunes library as if it were on my local machine. Brilliant! I did notice that the tab order on some of the windows was not right, but the developer (Yazsoft) responded to me very quickly to let me know that this will be fixed in a future update. Highly recommended, and worth the $30 for 2 machine licenses. Apple can't attain this degree of connectivity at 3 times the cost!
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5
Sigil
13 March 2009
Version: 1.2.6
Some time ago, this app was on here on discount. WOW, did I miss out! It is simple and reliable! Yes, it just works! I debated purchasing this app for a while. I should of trusted my instincts.... I own Speed Download and I consider that one of the best apps that I have purchased....Foolish me..
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5
Propar
15 January 2009
Version: 1.2.5
This is the answer to a prayer. I was never able to get "Back To My Mac" to work reliably and it's very important I have access when away from the network. ShareTool solved all the problems and doesn't need Mobile Me to work either. There were some initial configuration problems and Tech Support hung in there until we got it working... If you need access to File Sharing and Screen Sharing when out of the office, this is the answer and it's a bargain as well!
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rjsef6
05 January 2009
Version: 1.2.5
Product performed and setup exactly as advertised. For multiple uses, this can't be easier. I especially like it for checking my home computer running home automation schedules while I'm traveling. Even easier than using the Prism service. Kudos to the author, and thanks.
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5
appleHQ
21 November 2008
Version: 1.2.4
Works as advertised! Just not sure if I got to register both copies to get a "valid" connection between laptop and home computer..
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5
Dmillergbr
01 November 2008
Version: 1.2.4
I assist my elderly father with his mac and have used ichat to do screen sharing and file swopping etc. After installing Skype ichat didn't work as well and had always been a bit slow. Sharetool is excellent, easy to set up and use. It is much much faster and I can now play chess with my father on his machine something that was just not possible with the iChat connection. A great piece of software
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5
Cptpoland
05 September 2008
Version: 1.2.2
This is one great little gem, that works out of the gate, without any configurations. This just works, and it works very well. After less than 5 minutes from installing the software on my home machine, I was able to browse my whole home network from work. Didn't have to touch any routers, open ports, nothing. Another big plus is addition of Dynamic DNS services in the software directly. So if don't have a static IP address with your ISP, this software will connect to a dynamic DNS service. This is absolutely great. It's a lot easier to remember a domain name than it is to remember IP address. Highly recommended piece of software.
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5
Joseph-Bennett
03 September 2008
Version: 1.2.2
Excellent program. I have a huge iTunes movie library, with over 1.5TB of movies. Now, when the family goes on vacation, I can play my kids movies at night in the hotel, and don't have to drag along a bunch of DVDs. I don't have to have podcasts on multiple computers - i just stream a podcast from home. And, if I have some files locally I want to make sure are saved, or files from home I need to get, i can just drag-and-drop. Above all, the price is excellent. Great job, guys!
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5
Daveroo
21 August 2008
Version: 1.2.2
I've been trying to get access to a Mac-based LAN working for awhile now. I experimented with OpenVPN, but found that the difficulties with setting up a network bridge made it only somewhat useful... it doesn't appear to be possible to view the entire LAN. I've also used port tunneling with SSH, and that's more-or-less worked but it's still somewhat limiting. At least it's setup is not as involved as OpenVPN. There's also no UDP capabilities (at least not without some finicky setup) so accessing any of the services that require UDP is pretty much out of the question. It still means setting up a bunch of port forwards on the router and shell scripts for any machine on the LAN that I want to connect to. Then I stumbled across ShareTool and suddenly everything became very, very easy. It does everything that I've been trying to get working. Having access to the LAN's Bonjour services on the client computer is all that's needed... one connection to one Mac on the LAN reveals all of the Bonjour services that are available on the LAN. Desktop sharing, file sharing... it's all there. Once the connection is made ShareTool provides a simple browser window that shows the available nodes and services. But, because it's simply using Bonjour, the services also show up in the Finder window. So if I want to connect to a particular resource as a different user then I just connect through Finder. Since ShareTool is running through ssh it means that all traffic is fully encrypted. It also means that you can mess around with the ssh configuration and ShareTool will simply work with those changes. As an additional security measure I generally use passwordless logins (by disabling terminal password prompts and using rsa key pairs). It turns out that ShareTool works almost flawlessly with this type of configuration. The only inconsistency I found was that I still had to enter something in the password field (even just a single character worked) in order for the "Connect" button to become enabled. I submitted a feature request to have the "Connect" button enabled all the time and received a prompt reply from the developer. And prompt support is definitely something to be valued.
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MaestroJAL
01 July 2008
Version: 1.2
This little gem has worked flawlessly after the developer issued me a beta right after I noticed a bug. I am able to connect to my machines at home wherever I am. The secure browsing feature is an indispensable feature. If you need to get to files on your machine or want to access websites not allowed by your corporate firewall - ShareTool is for you. I have only one feature request: Could we have a menu item instead of a docked application?
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Walruscp
26 May 2008
Version: 1.1
I came across this little app when it was on MacZOT special. I have to say it's quite impressive and works as advertised. On 10.5.2 (cannot speak for 10.4.11) it continually asks for permission from the firewall for outgoing connections when first starting to share, but it's a minor annoyance. Overall, a great option for those looking to access their home network while on the road. Now if they could create a PC version so I could do it from my work PC, this would be a must-have for a lot of users.
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Maceddy
05 February 2008
Version: 1.0
Dude!! This actually works good!! iTunes, AFP, Printing!!! Like you're on your own network :-)
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