ThinKiosk 2.0 Beta Preview
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me, my mailbox has been flooded, the feedback and functionality idea’s for ThinKiosk’s next release have been flying in. While most of my Irish bretherin were out celebrating the ousting of snakes from our fair Isle this week, I stayed behind and broke the back of the next release.
Version 2.0 is a complete rework of the code as I adopted some standards, a big thank you again to Pierre Marmignon for taking the time to point me in the right direction!
With that out of the way, I’m delighted to announce the functionality to be included in version 2.0!
ThinKiosk 2.0 Layout:
The title for ThinKiosk can now to updated to include your corporate slogan, company name or consulting company, whatever you like.
A simple registry key entry will allow you to change this title to deliver a once off, professional solution to your customer or users.
Random: Current CCIA’s will probably shudder at that title, I still do.
If you wish to present a list of websites to which the user can login to, ThinKiosk will now cater for this with a simple selection box at the bottom of the screen. You can optionally populate this list (or not, its up to you) with up to five websites.
The label’s and url’s are configurable via registry or group policy putting you in full control of the appearance.
A quick and easy home button has been added to allow access gateway users to log in after timeout without having to reload their browser. Simple but effective.
A frequent request I received was to allow the users access to certain commands from the Kiosk, these requests ranged from TeamViewer, to Remote Desktop, to printers, to EWF access to Installing windows updates and I was beginning to worry things might get out of control if I attempted to integrate them all… So I didn’t!
With the custom tools menu, you can populate up to five commands you wish to allow your users access to. The command line and label’s for each command are fully customisable so you can do what you wish with them.
Local Printer Management:
So one of the coolest, yet understated features in the Citrix receiver is the printing channel right? Single driver for all, compressed and quick printing popping out on your local machine? Awesome Right?
Yeah, feedback dictated that thought too so I set about integrating the local windows printing control panel items into ThinKiosk. But, alas I hit a fairly big stumbling block, calling the printers display window was also calling explorer.exe… which pretty much circumvents all of ThinKiosk’s advantages.
- Add a printer (this can be restricted)
- Open a printers queue to dispatch stuck jobs
- Open and configure printers properties
- set your default printer
Power Down at a certain time:
Power down when not in use:
Offline Configuration tool:
One last thing?
ThinKiosk will, always, remain free to use!
How can i get a copy of the beta?