KioWare News

New KioWare Version 7.0 Released

Thursday, December 27, 2012

We have released Version 7.0.0 of KioWare Browser, KioWare Lite and KioWare Kiosk Basic, and Version 4.8.0 of KioWare Server. There are many new features available, most notably the support for Windows 8 for the entire product line and the Mean Time Between Failure Tracking feature for KioWare Server, which changes the kiosk status when the total runtime on kiosk hardware components reaches a defined limit.

The new version features apply mostly to the Windows OS, unless otherwise noted.

KioWare Lite 7.0.0 (for Windows) features include:

Windows 8 Support

KioWare now supports Windows 8 running on Intel processors.

New Toolbar Functionality

  • A new Toolbar control displays whether a SSL connection is active
  • Ability to disable toolbar tooltips

Improved Domain/Page Blocking

Local content can cause matching issues because of inconsistencies in how Windows formats the path. KioWare can now automatically normalize all paths to one standard format.

Dialog Blocking

  • Option to log dialog blocking
  • Blocked dialog timer is now configurable to allow the dialog blocking check to occur more or less often than the current default value

Virtual Keyboard

  • Option to always use the KioWare Generic Keyboard
  • Option to show Close box on virtual keyboard Additional Scripting Functions
  • Overloads to .NET Navigate call to support sending post data and additional headers
  • New KioClearPrintQueue Javascript function
  • New GetMainURL .NET Callback
  • New SIP DTMF .Net Callback
  • New HTML attribute for setting Virtual Keyboard title
  • New .NET ACL event to allow Addins to override KioWare Access Control Lists
  • New KioIsUrlBlocked Javascript callback to test if a URL would be blocked
  • New volume control Javascript callbacks
  • New .NET and Javascript callbacks to show and hide the KioWare Generic Keyboard

Unattended Installation

New substitution variables were added to read environment and registry.

Enable Frame Navigation Checkbox Bug Fix

In KioWare Version 6.8, a bug in the Enable Frame Navigation checkbox in the Error Handling dialog box was introduced. Specifically, it reversed the behavior of the checkbox which determined whether KioWare would perform error redirection at the frame level. Now behavior matches the checkbox state. Contact our Technical Support for more information.

KioWare Kiosk Basic 7.0.0 (for Windows) features include all of the aforementioned KioWare Lite features, as well as the following:

Video Capture Preview

KioWare can now display a webcam preview window.

Added External Device Support

  • Stimare STIMA-OEM RFID Printer
  • Feig Obid Classic Pro RFID Reader - added Mifare support
  • Zebra ZXP Series 8 Printer
  • Hypercom Artema Controller B2 Lan Chip & Pin Device
  • EMP 800 Series coin acceptor
  • Generic .Net Security Device

The client side console of KioWare Full with Server (for Windows) 7.0.0 has all of the aforementioned features, plus these additional features:

Event Log Filtering

KioWare can now limit text matching which event logs are uploaded to KioWare Server. This is useful for preventing nuisance event logs from cluttering KioWare Server.

Support for Client-side Certificates

KioWare Server communication can now support authentication via a client-side certificate.

Application Log

An application can now write information to a special KioWare log that gets transferred to KioWare Server.

The Server side console of KioWare Full with Server (for Windows) 4.8.0 has the following new features:

Application Log

Custom application logs can be uploaded to KioWare Server and queried using the KioWare Server Console.

More Efficient Server Communication

All server communication uses a smaller and more efficient XML format. Much less bandwidth is required, so communication occurs quicker and bogs down networks and servers less.

Content Updating Improvements

Zip files can now be downloaded to the KioWare client and automatically unzipped.

Mean Time Between Failure Tracking

KioWare Server can now change the kiosk status when the total runtime on kiosk hardware components reaches a defined limit.

Accommodation for Kiosk Sleep Time

KioWare Server can be configured to not issue missed heartbeat alerts when a kiosk is known to be powered down.

New KioWare Server Reports

  • New feature for Kiosk Usage Chart: a line chart comparing either page count, session count or session time across multiple kiosks. This allows you to compare two kiosks side by side.
  • New Report: Kiosk Uptime Chart is a bar graph that compares uptime averaged daily, weekly or monthly across multiple kiosks.

The Server side console of KioWare Full with Server for Android 4.8.0 has the following new features:

More Efficient Server Communication

All server communication uses a smaller and more efficient XML format. Much less bandwidth is required, so communication occurs quicker and bogs down networks and servers less.

Accommodation for Kiosk Sleep Time

KioWare Server can be configured to not issue missed heartbeat alerts when a kiosk is known to be powered down.

KioWare Browser 7.0.0 features include:

Windows 8 Support

KioWare now supports Windows 8 running on Intel processors.

Improved Domain/Page Blocking

Local content can cause matching issues because of inconsistencies in how Windows formats the path. KioWare can now automatically normalize all paths to one standard format.

All of these products are available for a free 500-hour demo on our download page. Existing clients have the ability to upgrade, as long as support for the account has been renewed, on our upgrade page.


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