NoMachine, creator and global provider of NX remote access and application delivery software, announced today the first beta release of the upcoming NoMachine 4 software. Redesigned to offer more functionality and a brand new intuitive user-interface, version 4 is completely revolutionizing remote computing offering users new ways to access desktops, as well as share and control the content that's on them.
This Beta version introduces an epochal change in the architecture of the software thanks to the new network service implementing the NX protocol to connect and transmit SSL-encrypted data traffic. It entirely replaces the SSHD server and eliminates it as a pre-requisite on the host system. It also allows for real-time communication over UDP for audio and video.
The new graphical interface delivers notable improvements to the connection menu already presented in the previous Preview versions, facilitating remote connection initiation and configuration. Additional UI panels allow users to configure the software installation, and manage the server settings such as desktop sharing and guest interactivity, starting or stopping of services and changing of ports.
Moreover, out-of-the box functionality such as printing, file-transfer, disk-sharing, USB forwarding and record & play is now enabled, and completes the offering made available in this beta release.
Highlights of this beta release:
Choose between virtual or remote desktop
This first beta release offers users a choice of three products: NoMachine, NoMachine Pro and NoMachine Virtual Desktop Workstation. The latter being for Linux only and set to replace the NX Free Edition and NX Enterprise Desktop in the current NX 3.5.0, NoMachine and NoMachine Pro are for access to remote physical Windows, Mac and Linux and desktops aimed at both "the consumer" and organizations.
A new concept for the packages
All in one: no more confusion about what you need and where you need it: one package on the local computer, and one package on the remote host. Additionally, a new UI, the "post-install wizard" (available with Windows and Mac, coming soon for Linux) has been designed to make it easier to configure the installation and set-up. Choose whether to install it as a server & player, or just player.
Seamless resource sharing from local to remote and vice-versa
Connect any device, port or service from within the session in a few clicks. Whether you need to print, access folders on remote desktops, or transfer content that's on an external drive attached to your local computer, you can connect and disconnect these resources from the NoMachine Menu inside the session. Alternatively, choose the fast-track 'Connect a device' wizard which guides you through the steps.
Built-in capabilities to record and play sessions
Activities within the session can be recorded via the NoMachine Menu and stored locally in the NoMachine Recordings folder placed in user's Documents folder. Recordings are saved by default in WebM format and can be played back directly with NoMachine or any other player supporting that format.
The NoMachine Monitor
A new application called “The Monitor” is installed in the system tray to give fast-track access to the server settings UI where users can manage services and monitor users connected to the desktop during collaborative sessions. The built-in whiteboard for sketching and instant messaging enhances the desktop interaction experience. Additionally, one-click file transfer can be activated from the Monitor. Transfer from server to player, and vice-versa, even select who you want to transfer to from the list of users connected to the desktop.
Default virtual desktops on Linux
Virtual desktop functionality is now an element of the "NoMachine for the Enterprise" range. Starting a new Linux desktop has become more transparent for the user meaning that when creating a new virtual desktop, NoMachine Workstation, for example, now runs the default desktop as set on the system. Administrators can configure the server to run most preferred desktop type even if it's not the default one on the system.
Connect via the NX protocol
Connections to the remote host rely on the NX network service via the NX protocol, by default on port 4000. With the exception of the free 'NoMachine' package, all the products in version 4 can be configured to support connections via the SSH protocol, by default on port 4022 on Windows and on port 22 on other platforms. The package for Windows includes the SSH server; on Linux and OS X hosts the SSH daemon must already be up and running. Support for SSH is disabled by default and must be activated by configuring and restarting the server.