Slink
Slink
1.9.12

4.4

Slink free download for Mac

Slink1.9.12

02 March 2014

Remotely connect to your home network.

Overview

Slink is the easy and secure way to remotely connect to your home network. All shared services on your home network automatically appear in the Finder, iTunes, iPhoto, and other applications, just as they do at home. With Slink you are always connected to your home network.

Some of the key features that sets Slink apart from the competition are:

  • Easy to set-up with very little configuration
  • Remote access to all Macs and Bonjour services on your home network
  • Based on rock-solid UNIX SSH technology and all traffic is secured using strong encryption
  • Secure browsing to protect against threats when using WiFi hotspots
  • Remotely connect to many home networks simultaneously
  • Support for proxies to allow remote connections from locked-down corporate networks
  • Connection Doctor and Firewall Buster to help troubleshoot connectivity issues
Slink supports almost all applications that use Apple's Bonjour technology, including:
  • iTunes Home Sharing
  • iPhoto Sharing
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing
  • Print Sharing

What's new in Slink

Version 1.9.12:
  • Fix: Slink Agent UPnP improvements.
  • Fix: Slink Agent preparations for the introduction of Slink 2 beta.
  • Fix: Performance improvements.
  • Fix: Bug fixes.

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55 Reviews of Slink

5
Satyrica
31 March 2010
Version: 1.0 beta

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Works great, great feature set, simple install and use, great/helpful/friendly dev (helped with a work firewall issue, and resolved it!). Thanks guys!
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Dominikhoffmann
15 May 2020
Version: 1.9.12
I’d love to get some idea from anyone who is still using this (I was until probably, when I was forced to upgrade my system to Catalina). I am wondering, whether there is anything that can be done to make it work under Catalina, given that it is evidently 64-bit software. Does the developer still hear these comments?
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Strider72
05 December 2018
Version: 1.9.12
Does anyone know how to completely uninstall Slink?
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Dominikhoffmann
28 October 2016
Version: 1.9.12
The link to the publisher’s website is no longer valid. It appears there no longer is a SlinkWare website. Still, it works. I rely on it daily. They must have their server, through which clients discover Slink servers, still running. I discovered this, when trying to report a problem I am seeing with the server mediating VNC connections to machines running macOS Sierra 10.12.1.
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Amgwanagitbhuti
22 June 2016
Version: 1.9.12
After dumping it the past several months, I recently updated my home server to 10.11.5 (from 10.9.5) and on a whim I re-installed Slink agent. I can confirm that it works on El Capitan. I'll report later on stability.
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anonymous-heron-1581
05 January 2015
Version: 1.9.12
Still works, but appears to be basically abandonware as Slink 1.x hasn't been updated in almost a year and there's been no hint of the appearance of Slink 2. The developer's forums are dormant and the developer's Twitter feed hasn't seen activity in months. Anyone considering purchase therefore needs to think carefully before proceeding as further support or development may be nonexistent.
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5
nylyon
14 April 2014
Version: 1.9.12
A while ago I decided on a server environment for my home. I purchased a Mac Mini, migrated all the documents, music etc to the mini to off-load duplicate and dispersed data and media. Using the VPN server capabilities I was able to access the data remotely, but not seamless. This is of course because Bonjour doesn't play nicely with routed connections. So I began to try to figure out and configure tunnels which I was able to get going. The problem with that is it uses my degree in computer science and is not straight forward. I downloaded the trial version of Slink, loaded it up on a virtual image of Mavericks and gave it a test drive. 10 minutes later I bought the license and turned off the VPN option on the Mac Server. I could go into great detail, but in essence I was able to remotely connect to my home network, access iTunes and watch a Batman movie as though I was right at home. Additionally, I was able to establish a remote desktop connection to my iMac, turn on Photo Booth and get a live view of the happenings at home, and I am happy to say that the dog was behaved. While using the connection I couldn't help but wonder why Apple doesn't provide this functionality out of the box for integration with both Mac's and iOS devices. While I can not fault the lack of an iOS version (hey Apple doesn't even support Dropbox between the two and they designed the darn things) having an iOS version would be of great benefit and really tie the mobile platform together for your own private cloud. Bottom line is this. If you have a Macbook and a "stay at home" Mac of some type (iMac, Macbook, Mac Mini, Mac Pro...) it's really in your best interest to grab a copy of this software. While the Apple Cloud is handy (especially with iOS device support) the ability to access you entire suite of Mac's at home, is invaluable. This IS what's can be considered a Private Cloud, and you can have one of your very own which works better than one that you can build and configure!
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5
GoMary
04 March 2014
Version: 1.9.12
I have used ShareTool for accessing my home Macs and iTunes for years. (Also supporting my family remotely.) Sadly the developer (Yazsoft) has shut down and have been forced to look for a replacement. Found Slink on MacUpdate last night and it has already become one of my favorite all time applications. If you need remote files, screen sharing, printer sharing, etc on a Mac this is a great solution. It easily beats Back To My Mac and ShareTool etc. It is very simple to install and get going. Only one question, I support 4 Macs (family). How many licenses do I need? Highly recommended.
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2.5
Robertcoogan
02 March 2014
Version: 1.9.11
Finally got this to work after going to tech support on the Slink website. When you buy the Slink app on the App Store, there is nothing that tells you that the Slink Agent is not installed with the Slink app. The instructions do tell you that in order to use Slink, you need to get your Slink ID, which you get from the Slink Agent, which is in System Preferences. Only it isn’t there…and there isn’t anything to tell you where to go to get it (even on the Slink website). However Slink was very responsive in proving me with a link to download the Slink Agent. I don't know why there weren't any instructions to download the Agent when I first ran Slink on my Mac. But a link should also be included in the help menus for the Slink app itself (if it is there, it is very hard to find). Overall the app itself does work well, and is well worth the money despite that wrinkle. I would give it a higher rating if it weren’t that for that one thing.
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Robertcoogan
27 February 2014
Version: 1.9.11
Slink Agent never installs, so I cannot start using Slink at all. I have checked the Slink forums and FAQ, but there doesn't seem to be a solution. Would be nice if I didn't feel like I just handed over $25 for used up space on my HD.
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Odysseus
19 October 2013
Version: 1.9.11
Development seems to have stalled.
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5
Joinerm
25 July 2012
Version: 1.9.10
I love Slink because it works solidly across all my machines in different locations even half way around the world and even machines which require to vpn in to their network. I appreciate the difficulty in bringing full functionality to iOS - Slink is intended primarily for full Mac OSX. However, any functionality that you could bring to iOS would be very welcome so I do not have to use Spashtop which rarely works for me. So finally the $64K question: when will 1.9.10 be on the App Store?
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Wile-E-
29 May 2012
Version: 1.9.9
There have been teaser comments from the Developer for a year regarding iOS support and still no sign of it which is a deal breaker for me. The Developer seems quite aware of the interest but when he says he can't talk about specifics of whether iOS will be supported or not then that discourages my interest in Slink.
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4.5
Joinerm
15 May 2012
Version: 1.9.9
Why doesn't the App Store carry the update from 1.9.8 to 1.9.9? It doesn't show up on the App Store.
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Joinerm
14 May 2012
Version: 1.9.9
Why doesn't the App Store carry the update from 1.9.8 to 1.9.9? It doesn't show up on the App Store.
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5
Silval
18 December 2011
Version: 1.9.8
Back to my LAN, a superset of Back To My Mac, and it's completely separate from MobileMe and iCloud. Perfect for my situation with a mix of 10.6 and 10.7. Plus, it lets me see all Bonjour stuff on the remote LAN, including other Macs for Screen Sharing, Files, ssh, printing, etc.
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5
jackout
22 September 2011
Version: 1.9.8
Very happy with this product. I am a long time LogMeIn user and the price point on Slink makes it a higher value for me. Slink has a slick interface and is easy to work with.
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Charly20
11 July 2011
Version: 1.9.8
So happy for the full Lion support!!! Thanks!
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5
sbabolat
25 June 2011
Version: 1.9.7
Use to use Logmein (pro and free) and Back to my Mac. Stumble upon this promo.... and I am really glad I did. Very easy, simple, and straight to the point! I like not having to go to the web to access a remote computer or logging in and out to help other Mobileme family members (using my laptop). Now I just wish there was an iphone/ipad app (just like Logmein). But this software is one more reason I will hunt down family members to switch to Mac!
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cambjones
25 June 2011
Version: 1.9.7
Hi Olof, I only have one MacBook Pro that I take to work with me from home but I have a ReadyNAS Duo at home which stays switched on... do you know can I instal slink software on my ReadyNAS Duo and access files remotely on my Mac.. many thanks
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2.5
Rightrob
14 June 2011
Version: 1.9.6
Have an external HD with Airport Extreme BS and MobileMe which expires soon - ie just the HD is on, no computer is on. This, with Back to My Mac feature, allows me to access data on the HD from a Mac anywhere. Would I be able to do the same with Slink?
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ckpthunder
17 May 2011
Version: 1.9.5
Is there an iOS version of Slink? I wouldn't mind connecting back to my Mac from my iPhone or iPad.
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5
Jbaugh
05 May 2011
Version: 1.9.4
Slink is one of my favorite all time applications. If you want to do remote file, screen, printer sharing on a Mac this is THE way to go. It beats Back To My Mac hands down. For most users it is very simple to install. I chose to set my Slink configuration up for maximum security using private/public key authentication. I had no clue how to do this but Olof kindly walked me through the procedure. This, by the way, is one of the best features of the software–– the technical support. Slink offers by far the best technical support I've ever encountered in any computer oriented product I've owned. As I've said, most users will never need to contact support. But for users like me who have unusual network setups that need special work arounds technical support is prompt, courteous, and a pleasure to work with. Olof stayed with my problem (which incidentally had nothing to do with any shortcomings of Slink) until he was able to provide me a solution. Get Slink! You won't be sorry. John
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Pedro-Fardilha
21 March 2011
Version: 1.9.3
Humm... why is the "App Store" version still on 1.9.1??
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5
Bl0dwyn
15 March 2011
Version: 1.9.2
I stumbled across Slink yesterday on the MacBundles website. Looked interesting so I downloaded a trial. Two minutes later it was up and running and I bought a license straightaway. This is a truly excellent product. The setup of my Verizon FIOS router was done automatically, and everything just works. The remote connections seem fast and stable, what's not to like! Great stuff!
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4.5
Phonesavanh
01 March 2011
Version: 1.9.1
This is a must! Great app!
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5
Lou-Plummer
17 February 2011
Version: 1.9.1
Slink is amazing. It's amazingly easy to use. Like Apple's old slogan - it just works. The feature I use most ofter, screen sharing, allows me to connect to my host with less hassle than a web based product (think LogMeIn). After connecting the remote computer responds with much less of a delay. If I could add one item to my wish list, it would be support for Google Chrome. I got Slink as part of a bundle but I'd gladly pay double the asking price for something this useful.
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ben-marko
17 February 2011
Version: 1.9.1
This will not allow you to access your Mac from an iPad over 3G. Just so everyone knows!
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Pirx
12 February 2011
Version: 1.8.1
One decisive shortcoming: PPC not supported. Can't use Slink, must use ShareTool 2.2.1 for that reason.
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5
Bnbliss
28 January 2011
Version: 1.8.1
I can't recommend Slink enough. It really does bring your home network to your laptop easily. With Slink I can stream iTunes, EyeTV and iLife apps on my laptop with the data, movies, etc from my home machines. No more need for huge Hard Drives or portables when you have Slink installed. I'm watching a podcast that iTunes from my home machine in my laptops iTunes app. This program is awesome.
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4
bitterjava
21 January 2011
Version: 1.8.1
Over all a solid Zero Config VPN solution that allows you to share all essential services on your home network while you are on the go. A +
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4
Graphicadvance
24 December 2010
Version: 1.8.1
The only reason I didn't give this a full 5 starts because of its lack of PowerPC support. I have Slink on every mac in our office but we still have 2 more than capable PowerPC G5's that run Mac OS 10.5.8 - it's a shame really cos it's such a great piece of software but it would make more sense for it to also support older versions of Mac OS and even Macs dating back to G4. I have a dual 800 G4 at home which is still a great machine and it would be awesome if I could use it with Slink.
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Adyton
27 November 2010
Version: 1.8
I'm using Slink to connect to my home server (SL Server) and family members. Works really well. Highly recommended!! Espen.
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Ward
02 November 2010
Version: 1.7
N.B. Slink is an Intel-only app. Given the rave reviews, I was very disappointed to discover I could not run Slink on my iBook G4 1.2 Ghz running 10.5.8. This trusty PowerPC Mac still has a lot of life left in it ... but Slink demands an Intel Mac. Sigh. I'll be first in line for a Universal Binary edition of Slink.
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Ozarknature
22 October 2010
Version: 1.6
I would love to use this product but that my laptop is an iBook G3 running Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) and Slink requires Leopard at minimum to run. :-( Any chance of making a Universal Binary version that will run on Tiger?
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Hey-Billy!!!
14 October 2010
Version: 1.5.2
Slink is the one and only application that I actually long for since I moved to an iPad from my MacBook. It almost makes me wish I had the laptop again. It is that good.
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Hey-Billy!!!
14 October 2010
Version: 1.5.2
Slink is the one and only application that I actually long for since I moved to an iPad from my MacBook. It almost makes me wish I had the laptop again. It is that good.
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Fonsr
24 September 2010
Version: 1.5
I tried Sharetool and even with their support helping me we could not get it to work. I then tried Slink and it worked easily and flawlessly. Good app!
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5
Kwinner
14 September 2010
Version: 1.5
I was weighing up between Sharetool and Slink. Glad I chose Slink. While Sharetool is good with good support, I have found that Slink just works. It connected through my company's firewall etc no problem (which Sharetool did not do) It is easy to get going, keeps out of the way. And Olof in support is excellent. Only trouble I have had seems to be with my home router (not Slink's fault). I had hoped for a "set and forget" experience à la Dropbox. But since installing Slink I have had problems connecting to bonjour services while on my LAN (ironically). Olof is on the job though, even though quite probably not his problem. He asked me for details of my network setup, router model etc. This much attention to a client problem is exceptional. I am hopeful that all will soon be resolved. All up 5 stars. No hesitation. I purchased family license.
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5
Tolthoff
10 September 2010
Version: 1.4.1
I have been meaning to write a review on here since I first used Slink. One of the things that makes a good piece of software is that it does what it says it will do and does it in a simple way. Slink is one of those kinds of software. I have never had a problem connecting to my computer at home or my relatives computers when I am doing "Tech Support." The interface is nice and out of the way and I only have to pay for the version I am using to access the other computers. Each of my relatives just download a server app for free and gave me access with their unique Slink ID. That's it! Now in the menu item drop down, I can see all the computers I can access if needed! The second thing that makes a good piece of software is support and Olaf is one of the best developers I have ever encountered. I had questions before I bought the app and he responded very quickly. I just had a question about a piece of software that I should be able to access but could be the other software's fault and he emailed me back within a few hours telling me he was downloading the app and would email me back with the solution!
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5
Mellified-Man
25 August 2010
Version: 1.4
I've been using Slink since version 1.0 and can't recommend it highly enough. I have tried competing products before but found them sadly lacking in features and simplicity. Slink delivers on both counts. For example, iTunes Home Sharing access is wonderful to have when away from home. SOCKS5 support gives me peace of mind while using hotspots when traveling. And the simplicity... check "Always Keep Connected" and Slink does it. No muss, no fuss. I have encountered a few bugs. The developer has always been quick to respond and to address the problem. If you want to access your home network remotely this is the tool to use. I wish more Mac developers would put as much energy and attention into their products.
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Shatfield
11 August 2010
Version: 1.3
I'm a long time ShareTool user, and I just bought Slink. Slink offers me full access to my home iTunes collection via "Home Sharing", where as ShareTool just offers access to the collection. The difference is that I can drag-n-drop tunes from my home collection via Slink, but not via ShareTool. That was a big differentiator for me. It's been very stable, as well... and the "Always keep connected" setting works, even when my cable modem at home dropped for a while, it let me know (via growl.. nice touch!) that it had disconnected, and then a few minutes later I saw a growl notification that it had reconnected. I'm very satisfied with this app... keep up the great work! BTW, I rated it a 4 because the 'demo period disconnect timer' ticked me off. The trial period should be for x number of days, period - no disconnected timer at all (what's the point - if you use it for x number of days and it stops working, you'll register it!), and even after I opened the license file, it still disconnected me and I had to restart Slink.
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Age
05 August 2010
Version: 1.2.2
Easy to setup. I have tried multiple options to connect to my work computer from home, and my home computer from work, but this was the only one that managed to connect through the my company's firewall. Not saying the others can't. I'm just saying this was the easiest and least problematic for me.
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5
Neilio
06 July 2010
Version: 1.2
Just great. Developer is *incredibly* responsive and this product works very, very well. I used to use ShareTool but switched to this recently and haven't looked back.
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5
Tonydip
22 June 2010
Version: 1.1.1
I am totally amazed at this product and it's unsurpassed customer support. Easy to use, quick responses, constantly updated features and at a price that makes it affordable to all! What more can I say, this company and in particular Olof are amazing and SLINK is truly a pleasure to use and with each upgrade becomes more and more of a bargain! In my opinion this software beats anything out there hands down..and I've tried almost all of them!!
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5
Richardyates
17 June 2010
Version: 1.1
Managed to post my review as a comment - please see the comment - I really wanted to add some stars as well as give my experiences
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Richardyates
17 June 2010
Version: 1.1
In 15 years of using macs, this is the single application that has provided the biggest enhancement to the OS of the day (I go back to OS 6/7). I'm not technical just a user, but there has been a refreshing willingness to help a new user by Olof and unlike some applications out there which do part of the same job, this one is a true mac application - "it just works" I bought a group licence for $45USD. I probably wouldn't have just punted much more than that, but if you are in any doubt, its worth every cent. One other comment, in 15 years I have never before been so impressed that I could be bothered to write about my experience of a product - draw your own conclusions
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Hey-Billy!!!
22 May 2010
Version: 1.0.3
My rating. Couldn't rate on the comment.
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Hey-Billy!!!
22 May 2010
Version: 1.0.3
I am buying Slink today, if only for the developers response to my issues. Even if I get BTMM working again, due to a wireless ISP limitation, I am grateful for Olof's help. Slink has many features that BTMM doesn't offer and isn't a copy of ShareTool, although they have some of the same features. Not only was I guided through the setup and installation in real time, Olof contacted the ISP in Minneapolis independently and questioned their techs on what was needed to get Slink working for me. Great service.
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Microchasm
19 April 2010
Version: 1.0
Not 64-bit.
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5
Satyrica
31 March 2010
Version: 1.0 beta
Works great, great feature set, simple install and use, great/helpful/friendly dev (helped with a work firewall issue, and resolved it!). Thanks guys!
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Lucky-Luc
31 March 2010
Version: 1.0 beta
Its always good to have new options but it is very sad to see situations where someone copies another persons work and passes it off as their own. I have been using ShareTool for a very long time and am very happy with it. However, I have also noticed this lovely application and over time can't help but notice that more and more of ShareTool is being copied and made available with each release. I commend the effort of this person, but find the approach shameful and deceitful. I am glad it is free because I don't believe such practices should be supported or encouraged.
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Shock-J
25 March 2010
Version: 1.0 beta
Ok. I downloaded this mainly to try and share my home iTunes library to remote computers. I installed everything without any warnings. The Slink app seems to connect to my home computer, a bunch of Bonjour services show up, but all I get is errors trying to connect to anything. In iTunes, my home library shows up in Shared, but it just "Loads" indefinitely. I went to the Slink FAQ page and it says that it requires that both host and remote computers be Intel Mac and that Slink is NOT a UB. Now I'm a bit confused. I get info on the app and it states it is a UB. I was able to install the Prefpane on my home Mac Mini (PowerPC) that I use as a media server without any problem. So it seems Slink IS a UB. So, my host computer is PowerPC, but all my remote computers are Intel. Could this be why I can't connect? I would love to use this in place of the soon to be totally defunct SimplifyMedia, but it just doesn't work for me.
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Okami
12 March 2010
Version: 1.0 beta
Very Nice. It would be great if the prefpanel was 64 instead 32 bit.
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Jon-white-bw
25 February 2010
Version: 1.0 beta
Has anyone done a comparison between Slnk and Sharetool (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/26850/sharetool)?
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Markve
12 February 2010
Version: 1.0 beta
Just downloaded and installed the application and on first sight it works excellent. It does what it says it does!
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