SecureCRT Gets Solarized

The latest releases of SecureCRT 8.3 and SecureCRT for iOS 2.1 offer an updated set of built-in ANSI color schemes. When product development was planning which color schemes to include, Solarized was the first on the list.

Solarized color schemes, introduced in 2011 by Ethan Schoonover, are enormously popular with coders and others who spend a lot of time in the terminal window.

Perhaps one reason for the success of Solarized is that Schoonover was motivated to create them by his dissatisfaction with existing text editor color schemes. He spent six months applying his design skills and aesthetics to perfecting his color palettes, which are designed for syntax highlighting and come in light or dark modes to accommodate different lighting environments (1). These well-designed color schemes can make the terminal workspace more efficient, easier to visually scan, and reduce eye strain.

In addition to his work as a designer, marketer, photographer, and educator, Schoonover is known for his work on Kinkless GTD, an add-on to Omni Outliner that enabled implementation of the “Getting Things Done” organizational system. Schoonover and Merlin Mann (another early GTD evangelist) were subsequently brought in to the Omni Group to turn Kinkless into what would become the OmniFocus task manager (2)(3)(4).

With Solarized support in SecureCRT 8.3 and SecureCRT for iOS 2.1, you can choose between Solarized Light, Dark, and Darcula. It’s easy to select a Solarized color scheme in the Session Options dialog. SecureCRT also allows you to create and save additional color schemes with customized foreground, background, and ANSI colors, but if you want to save yourself some effort, Solarized seems to be standing the test of time.

SecureCRT with Solarized color scheme

I love the new color schemes. They are invaluable to my work environment on both my laptop and my desktop. The Solarized Dark color scheme has significantly reduced my eye strain and focuses my attention where it’s needed.

Michael Dahlberg, UNIX Systems Administrator, Recursoft.org

 

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SecureCRT for iOS 2.1 can be downloaded from the Apple app store:

References
(1) http://observer.com/2015/02/meet-the-man-behind-solarized-the-most-important-color-scheme-in-computer-history
(2) https://shawnblanc.net/2014/03/history-of-omnifocus-for-mac/
(3) http://ethanschoonover.com/solarized
(4) https://usesthis.com/interviews/ethan.schoonover/

Getting Started Videos: How to Download and Install SecureCRT

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How to Download SecureCRT
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8.3.2 Maintenance Releases Now Available for SecureCRT, SecureFX, and ClientPack

8.3.2 maintenance releases are now available for SecureCRT, SecureFX, and ClientPack.

Download the 8.3.2 official releases today.  As always, you can evaluate these new releases without charge for 30 days.

The 8.3 releases provide 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.

Pre-defined 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 with coordinated background, foreground, and ANSI colors.

Pre-defined 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 with coordinated background, foreground, and ANSI colors.

“I love the new color schemes.  They are invaluable to my work environment on both my laptop and my desktop. The Solarized Dark color scheme has significantly reduced my eye strain and focuses my attention where it’s needed.” -Michael Dahlberg, UNIX Systems Administrator, Recursoft.org

New in SecureCRT 8.3 (Official)

  • 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 (Official)

  • 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.

New in ClientPack 8.3 (Official)

  • vsh/vcp/vsftp: Support has been added for the ChaCha20/Poly1305 and AES-GCM ciphers and the UMAC-128 MAC algorithm.
  • vsh/vcp/vsftp: Support has been added for public-key authentication with OpenSSH certificates.
  • VRALib (Windows): Support has been added for UMAC-128 MAC algorithm.
  • vcp/vsh/vsftp: SHA-2 fingerprints are now also shown in base64 in addition to hexadecimal.
  • vkeygen: The SHA-2 fingerprint is also shown in base64 when keys are created or displayed using the -l and -f flags.

You can download any of the 8.3.2 official releases from the download page.

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SecureCRT® for iOS 2.1 Available for Download in the App Store®

SecureCRT for iOS 2.1 is now available for download in the App Store®.

SecureCRT for iOS 2.1 adds the ability to select a color scheme for sessions. Several new built-in color schemes, including Solarized have been added. For SSH2 sessions, the ChaCha20/Poly1305 and AES-GCM ciphers as well as the UMAC-128 MAC algorithm are supported.  This version also fixes crashes on iOS 11 related to copying session text and scrolling session output.

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.

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