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KioWare Kiosk Software Releases New Kiosk Software Solution for Chrome OS, KioWare for Chrome OS

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Chrome kiosk operating system lockdown is now available with KioWare for Chrome OS.

Easily create a secure public facing kiosk.

ORK, Pa.Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Analytical Design Solutions Inc. (ADSI) has released a new product to secure the Chrome™ Operating System. KioWare for Chrome OS™ is a kiosk application used with Chrome OS Kiosk Mode to secure the Chrome Operating System and activate additional interactive kiosk features.

Users with the Chrome operating system activate “Chrome Kiosk Mode” on their device. They then add the KioWare for Chrome OS kiosk application to provide additional features and security not available using Chrome OS kiosk mode alone. Learn more about setting up a Chrome OS device with KioWare for Chrome OS.

KioWare Lite for Chrome OS includes features such as:

  • Attract screens
  • Popup window control
  • Domain/Page list blocking
  • User session management
  • Tabbed browsing
  • File download blocking
  • Clear private browser data
  • Custom toolbar skins

… and more.

KioWare kiosk software products lock down a device into a secure interactive kiosk, turning a tablet into a kiosk or purposed device for self-service, digital signage, or mobile device management deployments. Now available for Windows®, Android™, & Chrome operating systems. KioWare for Chrome OS is not to be confused with the KioWare for Windows application, which secures the Windows operating system and uses a Chromium-based browser.

KioWare for Chrome OS

KioWare for Chrome OS is available in a free fully functioning demo. Download, configure, and test, then license by purchasing an annual subscription. One license is needed for each deployed kiosk running KioWare for Chrome OS. Volume discounts are available.

KioWare has been providing OS, desktop, and browser lockdown security for the kiosk and self-service industry since 2003 and Android software since 2012.

About KioWare

KioWare kiosk software secures an application or website on Windows or Android devices, restricting user access to approved behaviors and protecting the user and network data. KioWare is fully customizable and offers solutions ranging from browser lockdown to full server-based kiosk management. From simple out of the box configurations to more complex integrations, KioWare is trusted by developers, IT professionals, marketers, Fortune 100 corporations, and small business owners. The KioWare team is based in YorkPennsylvania, with an office located in Reading, UK. Choose the best KioWare product for any self-service project and download a fully functioning free trial at KioWare.com.

Contact:

Laura Miller

KioWare Kiosk Software

Analytical Design Solutions, Inc.

+1 717 843-4790 x220

[email protected]

http://m.kioware.com

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KioWare for Chrome OS 
KioWare for Chrome OS Configuration tool provides an easy set up with attract screens, restricted access, session management, and more.

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KioWare Chrome for Windows

The transition from IE to Chrome is something on the minds of many businesses and our new software simplifies that transition for kiosks. While this may sound like a small piece of the pie, Chrome’s

KioWare For Windows
KioWare For Windows

overwhelming market dominance (50.4% according to Statcounter 7/2015) and the developer preference for Chrome, mean that kiosk software must support applications/websites built for & tested on the Chrome Browser.  [On kioskindustry.org IE browsers are 20% ]

KioWare has been a longtime favorite and  was a welcome sight to see the latest iteration coming with Chrome.  We have loaded and configured KioWare on hundreds of machines so this is perfect opportunity to take it for a test drive!

I loaded KioWare 8.0 on my Ubuntu 14.04 HP machine under Oracle Virtual Box,  I gave it 1.5G of RAM under Win7Pro vm.  I also have “Classic” windows 7.x version on my native Windows test machine to compare with.  KioWare 8 was a 51Mb download and installs quick.  There were no complaints or dependencies to resolve (.Net having been known to cause that).

It is a fast install (perhaps the quickest). Less than 2 minutes.

But let’s get some background on KioWare Windows Chrome and the new features.

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Background KioWare Chrome
  • KioWare has been providing secure kiosk software solutions for over 10 years.
  • With users across multiple governments, financial institutions, healthcare facilities, and educational institutions, KioWare serves more than 100 countries and has offices in both the US and the UK.
  • KioWare is kiosk software to lockdown your Windows or Android device. With this new product release, the software now supports the Chrome browser engine and offers various new features to improve usability & allow for a truly custom kiosk interface.
  • Many applications and programs have been built with the Chrome browser engine in mind. Given that, customers have been requesting a kiosk software solution that supports the Chrome Browser. Other improvements are meant to improve the user experience and make deploying multiple kiosks a simple task.

[nextpage title=”New Features”]Features of KioWare for Windows Version 8.0 include:

  • Chrome engine
  • A new, updated Config Tool, redesigned UI, and improved configuration options.
  • A simplified keyboard control interface.  Allows for the disabling of keyboard keys that provide access to operating system functionality.
  • An HTML Based toolbar and keyboard. Allows for simple out of the box configuration and the option for advanced, fully customizable HTML design.
  • Built in pop up management access control list to control pop ups and improve browsing experience.
  • Tabbed browsing for improved end user experience.
  • Custom protocols for exiting KioWare. Allows the administrator to have different passwords perform different functions: exit KioWare (ie, normal exit), restart KioWare, shutdown PC, restart PC, exit KioWare and logout of Windows account, navigate to a URL, or execute a program.
  • Updated configuration file that allows for resources (example: graphics used for custom toolbars) to be included in one file for easy deployment across multiple devices.
  • Fully customizable scheduler for an array of actions (sleep display, sleep kiosk, shut down kiosk, rebooting device, restart kiosk)

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Old versus New —  let’s see what’s been changed.  The standard Windows version has those screens (and look) that many of us are used to, but they had definite room for improvement.  I think the new screens are nothing short of ideal.  Quantum leap in usability and as we say, time is money.

 

ScreenOldNew
General – Here is the opening screen when you first launch.  I like it better already with clean focus. Added new menu items on the right (and we’ll get to those). General lets you set the start page and exit codes.  KioWare uses 4 corner touch for exit.kioware-generalKioware Chrome General
Keyboard – much easier to see the buttons and check them off as you like.  They used to have a special setting for EZ Keypad but that is likely a special request.Kioware Chrome KeyboardKioWare Chrome Keyboard
Attract — set your attract screens here is easy. Attract screens should be designed to also prevent burn in on screens.  A lot of people used flash (swf files).kioware chrome attractkioware chrome attract
Browser — good setup. I am guessing we could add user agent info so if we browsed to website with a mobile version (there are still a few out there without) then we’d get the mobile version.  Tabbed is great feature.kioware chrome browserkioware chrome browser
Security  – whitelists & managed dialogs.  The managed dialogs come in handy for Windows exceptions.kioware chrome securitykioware chrome security

Ok.  That’s the old screens and how they compare.  I give you all an A+

Now how about these new six screens we get configure with.

 

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Here are the new screens

 

User Interface  — I really like the configurable height and width for the virtual keyboard.  LCDs, orientation and resolution vary so much these dayski-user-interface1
Server Configuration — hopefully I can get this signed onto KioWare server and see the monitoring.kioware-server2
Devices — Not much here yet except for the Magtek HID MSR in javascript or form fill mode. That’s standard. Thought maybe I’d see scanners in here.kioware-device3
Schedule — complete set of programmable events, behavior for tasks.kioware-schedule4
Debug — sets the ports and that’s about it.kioware-debug5
License —kioware-license6

Another look at what’s new comes from KioWare

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Nice video KioWare!

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The latest iteration of KioWare is decidedly next generation and a major step forward.  The only shortcoming at this point is the device support but devices can be easily added and the fact is most times the major use for KioWare is in the protected secure browser mode.  It excels at that purpose.  We’ll follow up with separate article on remote management (which the new Chrome-based KioWare for Windows fully supports).

Great job KioWare!

Chrome Kiosk – KioWare now supports Chrome.

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

We have released an update of the new KioWare for Windows (Version 8.1) software – rebuilt using the Chromium browser engine and supporting the Chrome™ Browser.  This update is available to existing KioWare for Windows license holders (with current support).

 

New KioWare for Windows 8.1 Fully Customizable Virtual Keyboard

The new KioWare for Windows has one single installer for all models (Lite, Basic, & Full) of the product. Potential and current customers can download KioWare for Windows and determine which model is needed before purchasing the appropriate license.  Once licensed, the software can be deployed without additional download or configuration delays.
Features of KioWare for Windows Version 8.1 include:
  • 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
  • Ability to disable browser support for JavaScript pushState and replaceState functions as well as an option to force all JavaScript AJAX requests to go through the browsing access control list for permission – Particularly helpful for those using YouTube or other, similarly constructed websites
  • Other various bug fixes & configuration tool simplification
Virtual Keyboard example
Virtual Keyboard example
Virtual Keyboard example
KioWare Basic & KioWare Full for Windows now also allows for secondary monitors to be used as non-interactive displays.  With a new option for disabling secondary monitor interaction, KioWare now allows for your second monitor to be used exclusively as digital signage, if so desired.
KioWare for Windows Version 8.1 is available for download and purchase: http://www.KioWare.com/windows.aspx.  Licensing is perpetual and annual support is recommended in order to maintain access to the most recent version of the product.  If you would like to convert your licenses from KioWare Classic for Windows to the new KioWare for Windows, log into your customer account, select a transaction, and click the “transition license(s)” button.
All KioWare kiosk software products secure devices such as tablets, desktops, and smartphones running Android or Windows Operating Systems.  KioWare kiosk software products lock down your device into kiosk mode, which secures the overall operating system, home screen and usage of applications.  KioWare Kiosk Management tools (KioCloud, KioWare Server, & KioWare Server ASP) allow for remote kiosk management, usage statistics, reporting, monitoring kiosk health, content management and more.
All of these products are available as a free trial with nag screen. No credit card required.

 

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Google Chrome kiosk Vidya Nagarajan

Google chrome kiosk

Configure Chrome devices to power your customer or employee kiosks

Source: www.google.com

Google for Work resource page on developing kiosks using Chrome kiosk. Chromebooks, Chromebox, ChromeBase, Chromebit, and more.  Javascript hooks & functions allow for USB device integrations with Credit Card, Printers, Bar Code Scanners and more. Bluetooth integration provided.

The devices are listed in gallery format. Up to 16 right now including Lenovo, HP, Toshiba, Asus, Acer, Dell and LG.  No ChromeBits listed yet.  Link

Digital signs are supported by Chrome kiosk in a big way.  See https://www.google.com/work/chrome/devices/for-signage/index.html

 

Chrome kiosk useful links