AppsAnywhere 2.12: All new UI & Hardware Profiles
We’ve rebuilt our UI from the ground up to provide the best experience to as many people as possible, no matter how they use AppsAnywhere. One of our aims was to make the portal as clear as possible, without expecting any kind of shared knowledge. The new portal builds on the great experience you've come to expect from AppsAnywhere. For example, App Lists are now easier to use, and unavailable apps are present to give you more feedback. The UI gives more frequent indicators when we're waiting on data.
We’ve also worked on smaller improvements which will save people time and effort. One example of this is the addition of the copy button on the device information screen. It’s now far easier to share that information. For Admins, we're aiming for it to be a breath of fresh air! The simpler, more modern navigation and new architecture, create a platform from which we can do some powerful things in upcoming releases.
- Improved search to find and launch the apps you need more easily, including the ability to launch an app directly from the search
- Searches now include unavailable apps, so it no longer seems like apps disappear between devices
- A new collections feature providing simpler access to a user's favourites and key categories. This will also allow customers to better highlight apps that they want to bring to their users’ attention
- A new launch process, providing more information to the user which makes it easier to understand next steps if something goes wrong. This makes the launch process more transparent, gives the user better feedback, and makes it easier to carry on if something goes wrong
- More visible App Lists, making it as much a feature for users as it is for those who deliver courses. This leverages existing functionality to give users more choice over how they use AppsAnywhere and find the apps they need
- A new ‘why unavailable’ feature makes is clear why an app is unavailable, without needing to look through confusing settings
- A more consistent user experience for all devices, including mobile
- Improved readability for screen-readers by decluttering the interface and improving the ordering of components throughout the page
- Improved keyboard navigation throughout the portal
- Allowing delegation of authentication to the Parallels Client if the user signs in via SAML
- Improved architecture: Faster, written in modern technologies, API driven
- Thousands of tests to confirm functionality and improve and enforce consistency
- Lower server load - we don’t load all apps up-front, and some information is only loaded as required, reducing peak demand on servers
We understand that not all students have the same devices, which can lead to difficulties with software delivery. We want users to receive the best possible experience regardless of device and our customers to be able to minimize their reliance on expensive VDI solutions. With our new Hardware Detection feature, if a device meets the hardware profile requirements, the application can run locally or virtualise, but if it can’t, then AppsAnywhere could revert to a more appropriate delivery method like VDI for example.
- Ability to limit delivery methods using hardware profiles by detecting a device's RAM and dedicated GPU capabilities
- This feature allows running it natively for users whose hardware is powerful enough, while providing a fallback to those who can’t - ensuring that everyone gets a good experience while minimising costs
The new validation process is much less intrusive, and with the new launch process, provides clear indication to the user of what is needed and what's happening.
- Less intrusive, it now provides information to the user when needed, but stays out of the way where it can. Particularly with on-demand, we can now simply let users launch apps and handle any requirements as part of that one launch process.
- A new validation trouble-shooter to try to help if something goes wrong
- The ability to re-download the client
- The ability to re-validate
If you would like to upgrade to 2.12 please submit a support request and the team will be touch.
If client download is not available in that instance - such as in labs mode or if client install is suppressed, then the client link will not appear. The client download link will also only appear on platforms which have a client - i.e. Windows and macOS.
Dark mode wasn't something we were able to do for this version, but it is something that we are looking to include in the future.
Detection occurs during validation - the client is given a list of directories to look in and it returns what it finds.
Auto validation is still available as an option. We aim to ensure there are as few occasions of attempting to launch but being unable to as possible, and where they occur, explaining why.