Announcing ThinKiosk 3.1

With great pleasure I’m announcing the general availability of ThinKiosk 3.1. Quite a bit of change under the hood and some nice features added to match.

New features:

VMware View enhanced support:

VMware View has gotten some love in this update, A big thanks to Jarian Gibson for the help.

You can now enforce end of session options for VMware view:


You can also now choose to wipe the last users details from the Kiosk between View sessions:

FTP policy management:

With ThinKiosk 3.1, you no longer are tied to manage the thinkiosk devices by Group Policy or local registry settings, you can now also use an ftp server with a shared xml configuration file:

Just configure a Device as you would like it to appear, unlock the admin menu and you can export the configuration to xml:

Then move it to your ftp server!

Encryption:

The unlock password in group policy can now be encrypted to save it appearing in plain text to anyone capable of viewing the policy. ThinKiosk 3.1 ships with a password encryption tool you can use to encrypt your password.

You can also test reversing the password to plain text to make sure you get it right before applying it en-mass and locking yourself out!

This encryption functionality has now been added to both the offline configuration tool:

And by default the FTP password will be encrypted too!


Battery Awareness:

ThinKiosk is now aware of batteries in laptop devices and will report their status.

When the battery begins to run out, ThinKiosk will throw a warning in the foreground as below:

You can additionally disable this functionality with the offline configuration tool.

Pre launch Citrix Receiver:

A rare issue seen with the latest versions of the receiver was a bit of a hang, pause or complete lock up as receiver came to life. To combat this, you can now choose to early launch the receiver for Citrix, allowing it to gracefully start up in the background before the user requires it.

Early launch process:

A number of customers needed to have third party software launched as soon as ThinKiosk started each day. I’ve now added the ability to early launch a process 

You can also choose to launch this process as hidden, away from the user.

Browser navigation buttons:

ThinKiosk can now act as a locked down browser by adding back and forward buttons.

AM / PM clock:

This feature was asked for quite a few times, so now you can set the clock to 12 hour.

Debug Mode:

A fully fledged debug window has been added to help timing issues. The debug menu can be accessed via command line (-debug) or via the admin menu in ThinKiosk.

Zorder awareness:

In rare situations (and I’ve been unable to reproduce it) ThinKiosk can jump above the citrix session when a log off of the web interface happens or during the login process.

Zorder awareness will tell ThinKiosk to send itself to the back of the Zorder when the browser finishes rendering. It will also display a hide button, which will send ThinKiosk to  the back in this rare event.

Please use this setting as a troubleshooting tool, not a production setting. If this setting fixes the issue for you, please drop me an email and I’ll write it in. As I’ve been unable to reproduce this issue, it’s a bit rough around the edges.

Citrix Storefront timeout screen:

ThinKiosk is now aware of the timeout screen and will automagically redirect back to the login screen if it see’s it.

Hide ThinKiosk when a desktop is active:

If you wish to outright hide ThinKiosk while a desktop is active, you can now do so!

Even More sites:

Support for up to 20 sites has been added, thanks Martijn!

Sticky Home Page:

A request came through to allow the home page always be site 1, this has now been included.

Bug Fixes:

  • support for environment variables in custom tools and prelaunch commands. (thanks Nathan).
  • Offline config tool not setting password correctly.
  • VB Powerpack accidentally bundled with ThinKiosk 3.0
  • In process launch mode, power options were intermittently being applied.

And it’s still free!

ThinKiosk development has taken quite some time and it takes time to support you via email. If you use ThinKiosk in your environment or appreciate the savings its made for you, please consider making a donation or paying for enterprise support to help me keep this project alive… I would really appreciate it as it will allow me to invest in better development tools to make the product look and feel even better!


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