Yazsoft has upgraded its Back to My Mac alternative, ShareTool, to version 2. ShareTool is a utility that lets you connect to all of the Bonjour services on your home or office network from any internet connection via a secure connection. This allows you to use iTunes Music Sharing, Screen Sharing, File Sharing, or printing on any of your Macs from anywhere in the world.
With version 2, you can now connect to multiple home and office networks simultaneously—a feature that could be useful for providing tech support for clients, friends, or family. Other new features include improved security, performance and reliability, and the ability to save login information to your Keychain.
While this may sound quite similar to Apple’s Back to my Mac, ShareTool has a few key differences. For one, while Back to My Mac is limited to sharing screens and files, ShareTool also works with iTunes, iPhoto, SFTP, and a number of third-party apps. Another pleasant difference is that ShareTool doesn’t require a yearly subscription.
ShareTool 2, which runs on Mac OS X 10.5.8 and later, retails for $15 for a single user license, $25 for a two-user license, and $45 for a five-user license. Users that purchased a previous version of ShareTool from April 13, 2010 to May 13, 2010 get the version 2 upgrade for free, while other current users can upgrade for the reduced price of $15 for two licenses.