SecureCRT 8.1 and SecureFX 8.1 (Beta 1) Released Today with Updated UI on Mac and Linux

New Beta 1 releases of SecureCRT 8.1, SecureFX 8.1, and VanDyke ClientPack 8.1 are now available for download.

Here’s what you’ll find in the 8.1 (beta) releases:

New in SecureCRT 8.1 (beta)

  • SecureCRT for Mac has a new GUI and main toolbar. Mac and Linux versions have new toolbar icons in the Session Manager and Connect dialog.   Linux makes local shell connections easier with a new toolbar icon.
  • Get more done in less time using tab groups (now on all platforms). Switch easily between sessions organized in tabs. Or create a temporary tab group so you can work in one tab while monitoring command output from another tab.
  • Send commands to selected tab groups or visible sessions from the Command window.
  • Enhanced smart card (PIV/CAC) support is now available on all platforms. Select a specific certificate on the smart card (PIV/CAC) to be used for public-key authentication. PKCS #11 certificates are supported.  The username can be pulled directly from the specified certificate.
  • A hex view helps to debug serial communication.
  • Quickly add keywords to the keyword highlighting list – simply select a word in a session, right-click, and choose “Add keyword…”.
  • On Windows, use the right-click menu to perform the following operations on multiple selected tabs: Send to New Tab Group, Send to New Window, Disconnect, Close, and Lock.

New in SecureFX 8.1 (beta)

  • SecureFX for Mac has a new GUI and main toolbar. Mac and Linux versions have new toolbar icons in the Session Manager and Connect dialog.
  • A “Synchronize File Browsing” option allows lockstep navigation of local and remote folders that have the same directory structure.
  • Server-to-server synchronization makes it easier to roll out changes to a production server, do backups, and do replication.
  • Enhanced smart card (PIV/CAC) support is now available on all platforms. Select a specific certificate on the smart card (PIV/CAC) to be used for public-key authentication. PKCS #11 certificates are supported.  The username can be pulled directly from the specified certificate.
  • The Options menu now includes an “Edit Default Session” item so you can quickly change the default session and the Session Manager and Connect dialog right-click menus now include “Expand All Folders” and “Collapse All Folders”.
  • SFXCL enhancements include a /ConfigPassphrase option for specifying a configuration passphrase on the SecureFX and SFXCL command line and a /NoTempFiles option that prevents the creation of temporary files during synchronize and quick synchronize operations.

New in ClientPack 8.1 (beta)

  • vsh/vcp/vsftp now has the ability to specify a password for keyboard-interactive authentication on the command line. This allows unattended jobs or file transfers when the remote server requires keyboard-interactive authentication.
  • For vkeygen, the default key type is now RSA (ssh-rsa).
  • vsh on Windows adds the ability to administratively disable SSH2 port forwarding (tunneling).

You can download any of the 8.1 beta releases from the beta download page.

Find out more about the 8.1 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.

SecureCRT® for iOS 2.0.1 Available for Download in the App Store®

A new maintenance release of SecureCRT for iOS 2.0.1 is now available for download in the App Store®.

SecureCRT for iOS 2.0.1 address several bugs, including crashes related to creating sessions, importing settings, importing PuTTY PPK keys, and connecting and disconnecting a Redpark Lightning Serial cable (L2-DB9V).

Learn more about SecureCRT for iPad and how to download from the Apple Store®.

SecureCRT for iOS is a go-anywhere SSH/Telnet app with rock-solid remote access and terminal emulation on your iPhone and iPad.  SecureCRT has advanced session management that lets you create folders to organize sessions and import sessions from your desktop version of SecureCRT.

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

SecureCRT Named as Must-Have App for Windows Power Users

On CIO.com, Paul Mah included SecureCRT 8.0 as one of 12 apps Windows power users must have.

He wrote:

If you are looking for something more powerful than Telnet, SecureCRT lets you easily connect to or manage scores of remote devices via a variety of protocols such as telnet, SSH or even serial ports. Built with support for high-DPI monitors, sessions are arranged in tabs or groups of tab for easy organization, individual session can be customized with custom keyboard, display, connection and other settings. Built-in scripting capability gives advanced users the capability to automate repetitive tasks using VBScript, Jscript, PerlScript or Python. Finally, support for file transfer protocols such as SFTP, Xmodem, YmodemZ and Zmodem – as well as a built-in TFTP server – makes it perfect for managing legacy networking gear.

See the full slideshow here:

12 app Windows power users must have

See the SecureCRT slide here:

SecureCRT 8.0 [Terminal Emulator]

Note: The $139 price shown on the SecureCRT slide is for a 3-year license. A one-year license is $99.