Tubes, a service that lets you recreate entire Web sites for viewing and editing offline, has launched with new mobile features.
Tubes, based in Boston, is useful because many people like to work offline — for example on planes, trains or on the beach — where it’s difficult to get an online connection. Moreover, having a desktop version of a Web site can be much faster to use, since its not reliant on an Internet connection.
Better yet, if you are online, Tubes lets you make changes to your online version, and then syncs with your desktop version. And vice versa: If you change something offline, Tubes will resync with the online version once you go online again.
Tubes lets you even click on links within the offline version of the site. As long as the links are internal to the site, you they’ll work. For example, Tubes could offer you the entire copy of VentureBeat, and all the back links to our old stories would work. (This is, in fact, scary, because we at VentureBeat rely on advertising, and Tubes has no way of serving ads in this offline edition – at least for now).
The offline edition also pulls music, video and other multi-media content so that it can be replayed.
You can publish information to Websites by dragging and dropping content into a special icon on the desktop.
We’re not aware of any real competitors. There are file sharing sites, such as Pando and Pownce, but their file-sharing capabilities are limited to online usage (Pando’s, for example, is closer to the Tubes URL feature listed below).
Tubes issued an early release of its feature in January. This one offers widget that lets publishers offer their sites to users. Users can subscribe to many different “tubes.” A newer release, timed for release during the Demofall conference today and tomorrow in San Diego, Calif., will include mobile features. Tubes will also offer a single place where all available “tubes” can be found and subscribed to.
The company used to be known as Addesso Systems, which first presented at DEMO three years ago.
Tubes is available for free, including 1GB of “synchronized” storage, and can be found at www.TubesNow.com. Professional accounts provide more storage, advanced support, online backup and business use license, starting at $5.95 per month.
The features also include:
–URL access to any file on the desktop: Right-clicking on any file in any tube provides a unique URL to that file. Email that URL to a friend and that file – on your desktop – is accessible over the web. Make changes to that file – on your computer – and the URL still points to the updated version.
–public/private content sharing: Privacy controls allow users to assign different access rights to users, including the ability to authorize them to contribute to a group tubeSite. TubeSites can be made private or public.
–advanced features: Advanced users can use their own HTML code to customize their tube. For instance, content owners can put Flash files in a tube and the tubeSite will automatically build a media player webpage.
- share any size and type of file with friends bidirectionally while retaining control
- create a single sharing place for family photos & videos on both web and desktop
- collaborate with students on multimedia projects or homework assignments
- promote your music, video or art for free on the Hub
- distribute very large files securely while retaining ownership and control
- exchange documents and media with project teams, clients and colleagues