ShareTool is a paradox app for your Mac. It does easily what is actually rather difficult. It’s a working solution to a legitimate problem for Mac users. Somehow or another we expect our Macs should already be able to do what ShareTool does.
Simply, put ShareTool lets you connect your Mac notebook to your home or office network. What? You can’t do that out of the Mac box? No, not really, and not easily. It’s easy to connect Macs on a home network or on an office network, but not so easy across the internet. ShareTool does that.
Sharing, The Bonjour Way
Apple has this handy protocol called Bonjour, which is built in to Mac OS X and lets you connect to other Macs and devices without much configuration.
Wouldn’t it be cool to have Bonjour work over the internet?
Then, take your Mac notebook on the road and connect back to your Mac at home or the office network with a click.
ShareTool is the Mac app that does that. It’s easy to set up, works in the background and encrypts traffic on your connection. That means you can connect back to home or office, listen to iTunes, screenshare with any other Mac, download files, look through your photos on iPhoto, even use the home or office printer.
It’s like being there without being there. Connecting is easy. Click the Sign In button and ShareTool does the behind the scenes handholding.
Once you’ve connected you can have complete access to whatever service or Macs are available on the local home or office network.
It’s much like connecting to another Mac on your home or office network, except this is even more secure.
ShareTool provides SSH encryption so all of your connection is through an SSH tunnel from Mac to network.
You won’t have to remember IP addresses or port numbers or anything. All the connection information is stored in your Mac’s keychain.
That means you can use a public Wi-Fi hotspot across the country, connect your Mac notebook back to the office to get files, screenshare, or print.
Or, connect back to your Mac at home, safely, securely, quickly. Everything you can do on the home or office network shows up in your Mac notebook’s Finder.
Think file sharing, screen sharing, printing, iTunes and iPhoto sharing, remote printing, access to office databases– all while sitting with your Mac notebook somewhere else, far, far, away.
Any problems? A few, and maybe that’s why such technology and access has gone to the masses. When it works, it works well. When it doesn’t work (some hotels, hotspots, or wireless ISPs might have a crazy router setup), it’s a bear to troubleshoot and figure out what went wrong. Otherwise, worth it if you’re on the road and need to connect back to the office without a headache or an IT assistant.