Chrome Kiosk — Just two weeks after initial product release, KioWare has an update that adds support for fully customizable HTML virtual keyboards. It also allows users to restrict interaction on a second monitor (so the second monitor in a set up can be used as only digital signage, with no ability to interact).
There is another feature that should be compelling to those that want to use YouTube or other, similarly constructed websites. In short, because of the way that YouTube navigates (and allows for viewing videos without changing the page URL), it can pose a security risk for restricting navigation. The new version of KioWare for Windows is able to remove that risk and restrict users to only the allowed content, even when that content is part of a pushState or replaceState function (rather than navigating to a new URL).
Since Chrome support is one of the major features of the new product, it is worth mentioning support for Chrome Flags. Flags tend to be more of a beta Chrome feature, but they allow for modified touchscreen browsing, or accelerated rendering, to improve performance and user experience.
There are also a few bug fixes, of course!
Full release with images below.
PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 12, 2015
- A fully customizable HTML keyboard for complete control over the look and feel of your virtual keyboard
- Shell Mode & Auto Log in is now integrated into the configuration tool for simple set up
- New support for Chrome™ Flags
- Improved exiting options for the non-physical virtual keyboard
- Virtual keyboard sizing via use of percentages rather than exclusively pixels
- Other various bug fixes & configuration tool simplification