Today I received an email to take part to the Pando beta test. Pando is a desktop software, for Windows and Mac, to send big file and big folder to anyone in a very simple way.

I downloaded it and I immediately tried and loved it because its simplicity. After You sent a file to a friend (and uploaded it to Pando), it takes only seconds to share it again with other friends with no need to upload it anymore.

Pando uses Bit Torrent to speed up the download process. Great idea. They are in beta test, so they like very much feedback about bug and user experience. They are very smart. I talked with Yaron, VP of Pando, via Skype.

In a couple of weeks we can expect other nice surprises from Pando developers, like an integration with our email client. They are also starting a Pando blog.

It’s an invitation beta but You can try it in advance.

Link: Pando beta test.


7 thoughts on “Pando, the web power

  1. ah yes.. another file sharing option on the table. i’m not sure where i stand on the pando service considering the fact that recipients must download the pando client in order to receive file shares sent to them through the service.

  2. I couldn’t understand that where the files were stored.. I upload 600 mb file and it send 11 kb file to email. Then with this file we can download the big file but where I uploaded my file? Is it in a safe place? If pando stores all files in their server I want to know how long are my files hosted?

  3. If everyone usnig p2p, like BT, Skype, then only p2p program can run on internet because other program can not get enough bandwith. Even worse, p2p waste a lot of internet resources

  4. Hmmmm, I dispute the ‘only seconds’ comment. Sure, it uses a better compression ratio to speed things along, but you can’t get much better compression than a properly saved JPG/WMV/MOV file.

    The REAL benefit is if you have a cap on the size of attachments you can receive (e.g. in Hotmail). But there are other free email options which do not restrict you as much. I really don’t see the need for Pando lasting much longer, as the Google Mails of this world make free email bigger, stronger and faster.

    And striker makes a good point about the expiration of saved files from a data protection perspective – I’m sure they’ve thought of that, but I’d be curious to know how they do it. That said, I’m also sure their storage is no more or less secure than a POP3 mailbox, so I wouldn’t worry about that. If you were prepared to email the files, they shouldn’t be sensitive. Don’t forget, email IS. NOT. SECURE. thus I wouldn’t expect Pando to be either, beyond any reasonable hat-tipping efforts they might have made.

  5. Hi Greg,

    To clear up some confusion — Pando does not compress files at all. Its a p2p app/service that sends large files and folders “as is” by connecting computers directly and transferring files with BitTorrent swarm delivery. More info here:

    Regarding email service providers making email “better” — I sure hope so, but even if Gmail increases their attachment size limits, you won’t be able to send large files to anyone besides other Gmail users. Not to mention, you’ll have to use your browser to transfer the large files up and downstream. Browsers and HTTP was never designed to move large files. New software is definitely needed. Almost a million people have installed Pando in our first 7 months of beta testing.

    Regarding security — Pando uses 256 AES encryption end-to-end, so your files are never accessable to anyone (including us), besides specified recipients. Thats more secure than regular email. We also expire (delete) your files from our servers 14 days from the last time they are sent or forwarded.

    Thanks Luca for continuing the discussion about moving big files online. It’s high time we re-invented email.

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