Remote Raw Printing from VirtualUI-Enabled Apps (1)

remote raw printsModern web browsers have been designed to protect end-users from malicious or unwanted access to computer’s local resources. Typically, web browsers have none or limited access to disk units, USB devices and peripherals devices attached to the local computer.

Local printers are not an exception; they are restricted to printing web content only. But what if our VirtualUI-enabled application needs to send raw print commands and data to a matrix or label printer such as Zebra, Epson, etc.?

This article will demonstrate how to access a printer connected to the web browser from our application so we can generate RAW prints remotely as if the remote application and the printer were available in the same environment.

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Using the Javascript ClientSettings Object

Javascript ClientSettingsPreviously, we presented you with an article about ClientSettings, an additional interface available in the Thinfinity VirtualUI Library. This interface allows developers to know and programmatically define, from their own software applications, some browser environment layout and behavior settings. In this post, we are presenting the Javascript version of ClientSettings. Continue reading

Use Cookies to Extend a Web-enabled App’s Login

remote data persistence using cookiesIn a previous post we explained how to add remote data persistence to your apps by saving cookies in the browser. In this opportunity we will take advantage of this feature to develop a small but useful demo that shows how to provide an extended sign-on for web users.

Thinfinity VirtualUI web enabled apps were born as desktop apps and most include their own login mechanism. In this opportunity, we will show you how to extend your own existing application’s sign-on process, getting the browser to identify the application’s user. In this way, users would only need to manually log in when accessing the application for the first time, after logging out or when the login ID has expired. Continue reading

Add Actions to extend the Remote Desktop’s Toolbar

Thinfinity Remote Desktop's toolbarThe Thinfinity Remote Desktop‘s toolbar allows users to perform some of the actions which are essential for a complete remote user experience, such as sharing the current sessions, accessing the file transfer manager, changing option settings, etc. In a previous post we discussed how to remove toolbar options. In this opportunity we will show you how to extend the Remote Desktop’s toolbar with new “Send Key…” actions. Continue reading

Upload Remote Files in Web-Enabled Applications

upload remote files in web-enabled appsAt first, the file handling dual behavior in a Thinfinity VirtualUI web-enabled application can appear to be a bit confusing for new developers and users who are accustomed to running the application from the desktop. It’s actually pretty simple, as you will see in this article.

Previously, we shared with you a brief summary of the file handling possibilities in Thinfinity VirtualUI apps. In this opportunity we will try to shed some light on this topic and show you how to upload remote files in web-enabled applications. Continue reading

Applying global Custom Settings to z/Scope Anywhere

Applying custom settings in zScope AnywhereIn addition to using the Configuration Manager, z/Scope Anywhere offers a new way to easily set global parameters using custom settings.

Setting global parameters through a custom settings file is not new to our product line. We’ve already published an article presenting this functionality for Thinfinity Remote Desktop, and another one where we show how to configure its toolbar menu. Now, this feature will be included in z/Scope Anywhere as of the next release, due to come out really soon. Today, we will show you how we can use it for a very specific purpose, modifying the global security parameters. Continue reading

Preview: Thinfinity VirtualUI session recording

Thinfinity VirtualUI session recordingComing soon, Thinfinity VirtualUI web-enabled applications will allow you to save application sessions and replay them later.

There are many scenarios for session recording: reproduction of issues, application demos and tutorials, technical support, audit monitoring, e-learning, etc.

In a previous post we explained how to record and play Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server sessions. In this opportunity, we will review a similar Thinfinity VirtualUI feature that helps developers record sessions of their own VirtualUI web-enabled applications.

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Download files from VirtualUI web-enabled apps

Download files with Thinfinity Virtualui

Thinfinity VirtualUI web-enabled applications allow you to programmatically send files to be downloaded in the browser. There are no secrets to that, but the VirtualUI.DownloadFile method has variations enough to deserve a short post in this blog.

There are three ways to call this method:

 

  • Passing the local file name as an argument,
  • Passing the local and remote file names as arguments,
  • Passing both filenames and the MIME file type as arguments.

 

Each argument of the DownloadFile method defines more precisely how the file will be handled in the browser. Continue reading

Thinfinity jsRO remote events in C++

Thinfinity jsRO remote events in C++

Thinfinity jsRO allows programmers to get a better integration between a VirtualUI-extended desktop application and the web browser Javascript world.

We first presented the jsRO Delphi and .Net native interfaces when Thinfinity VirtualUI was launched, and we wrote several articles about it. Some months ago we implemented the jsRO native interface for C++. Today we will share with you how to create custom events in your application and replicate them in the web page.

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