Adesso Condenses Web Apps on Desktop


Boston-based startup Adesso Systems will launch a product called “Tubes” this week, bringing many applications that have recently migrated onto web browsers back into a piece of desktop software.

Tubes works like much of the personal P2P and personal file-syncing software we’ve covered, though it does not use any peer-to-peer juice on the delivery side. Users who’ve downloaded the Windows-only Tubes software can drag and drop files to be shared, which are then replicated and version-controlled for other subscribers to that particular “Tube.”

In an interview last week, Adesso director of marketing Steve Chazin called the product a replacement for YouTube,, MySpace, and place-shifting television software like Orb. It’s kind of like a managed shortcut, or a feedreader for files. Personally, I prefer web apps for these tasks, but this is not really a power-user play. The AP gives the startup some ink today…maybe it will attract some more mainstream users.

Adesso had previously tried to sell an earlier version of the product to enterprise-level businesses, but had not seen much uptake. Now it will give away its product to consumers along with 2 GB of storage, and attempt to charge for premium features in the future. Good luck!



It works! Sharing right now over 100 files without thinking about it. Cool/Free, try it @

dick deluxe

Clinker all the way around at least in this iteration. The fun’s in the browser!

Moshe Maeir

Seems like a cool idea – so I downloaded it. Well it took about 20 minutes to install, I almost gave up…
Once installed it was easy to use, but kept on locking up my computer, so it is back on the shelf for now!


“Tubes” …that’s what Republican Senator Ted “Dumber than Dirt’ Stevens thinks the Internet runs on…Wow !

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