New 8.3 Beta Releases of SecureCRT and SecureFX

New Beta 1 releases of SecureCRT 8.3 and SecureFX 8.3 are now available for download.

The 8.3 releases provides time-saving features that improve the look , feel, and performance of the UI and make it faster and easier to connect to and manage sessions.  SecureCRT introduces new built-in ANSI color schemes, including Solarized, so that you can easily change the look of your terminal workspace.  In both SecureCRT and SecureFX, the Connect bar autocomplete begins filtering as soon as you start to type so that you can quickly find and connect to sessions.

Here’s what you’ll find in the 8.3 (beta) releases:

New in SecureCRT 8.3 (beta)

  • New built-in ANSI color schemes, including Solarized, make it easy to change the look of your terminal workspace.  Choose from a variety of light and dark color combinations, all of which have coordinated background, foreground, and ANSI color combinations.
  • When the SecureCRT window is resized, the text in the terminal area is rewrapped.
  • Connect bar auto complete begins filtering as you type, making it easier to find and connect to saved sessions.
  • A paste confirmation dialog option allows you to preview the contents of the paste buffer before pasting multiple lines of text into a session. This helps prevent accidental pasting of buffer contents into a production or other critical server.
  • Multiple sessions can be dragged and dropped or copied and pasted in the Session Manager and Connect dialog.
  • Filtered searches in the Session Manager and Connect bar are faster, which is helpful when the session database is large or located on a network drive.
  • Up to 16 sessions can now be included on the recent session list.
  • Support has been added for the SSH2 ChaCha20/Poly1305 and AES-GCM ciphers and the UMAC-128 MAC algorithm.  OpenSSH certificates can now be used for authenticating SSH2 sessions.
  • Scripting enhancements include the ability to script session locking from the Session object.
  • If a session cannot be cloned or connected using SFTP on the existing SSH transport, SecureCRT will create a new transport.
  • The “Update Now” menu item is now also available for the Mac, which checks for a newer version of SecureCRT.
  • New to the Mac and now on all platforms, arguments can be passed to a local application that is launched when a tunnel is established.

New in SecureFX 8.3 (beta)

  • Auto complete in the Connect bar begins filtering as you type, making it easier to find and connect to saved sessions.
  • Multiple sessions can be dragged and dropped or copied and pasted in the Session Manager and Connect dialog.
  • Up to 16 sessions can now be included on the recent session list.
  • Support has been added for the SSH2 ChaCha20/Poly1305 and AES-GCM ciphers and the UMAC-128 MAC algorithm. OpenSSH certificates can now be used for authenticating SFTP sessions.
  • Synchronization is now faster when working with large numbers of files and folders.
  • The “Update Now” menu item is now also available for the Mac.  Check for a newer version of SecureFX, and if available, click on a button to download and install the new version.
  • It is now easier to script file transfers using SFXCL with the ability to take actions based on exit codes that indicate why the operation failed.

You can download any of the 8.3 beta releases from the beta download page.

Find out more about the 8.3 Beta releases:

Please see the history files for a complete list of changes:

We want to hear your feedback.  Send questions, requests, or bug reports to support@vandyke.com.

The VanDyke ClientPack 8.3 beta release is expected to be available soon.

Call for Testers: VShell Server with HTTPS Support

A pre-beta version of the VShell Server that supports HTTP/HTTPS is now available for customers to test and provide feedback.

With HTTP/HTTPS support, you can now connect to VShell with your browser in order to view folder contents and upload and download files. Additionally, you can automate HTTP/HTTPS file upload and download using command line tools such as cURL.

To try the pre-beta version of VShell with HTTPS, email Danielle Argiro, the VShell Product Director, at Danielle.Argiro@vandyke.com.