Monthly archives: December 2006
I received several requests for a donation link for my two more popular free applications, RD Tabs and XS BAP. I must say I really appreciate the support! Thank you for offering. I will continue to update these applications (and come up with new applications) whenever I have free time. I added the link on the applications' web pages, but if you feel extra-giving right now, click here! :-) Happy New Year!
The other day, Microsoft released an update (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925876) which installs the Remote Desktop Client 6.0 for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. This is great news, except that it broke RD Tabs! Microsoft failed to inform me (like they care about me haha) that some of the calls RD Tabs makes to determine which version of RDP it is using doesn't return correct version data with the new client. It was an easy fix, but annoying to you guys who woke up to seeing RD Tabs complaining that the installation is corrupt! Worse, RD Tabs can't run "RD Tabs Update" since it can't even start. Sorry about that.
Anyway, RD Tabs 1.1 is now out! The main feature is that it is built off the Remote Desktop 6.0 library, but is also still backward compatible with versions 5.2 and 5.1 should you manually unregister the included 6.0 client and reinstall 5.2 or 5.1. It does not yet support all the fun new features of 6.0, like Remote Desktop Gateway, Network Authentication, and so on, but it will work with RDP 6.0 servers (or, at least, should). Additionally, I was able to add one new feature easily, which is the new maximum resolution allowed in RDP 6.0! You can now have screen sizes up to 4096x2048, instead of being constrained to 1600x1200. The idea is that you can create "pseudo" multiple monitor setups by stretching the client window across a couple monitors. Well, it's a good first attempt, anyway. Thanks, Microsoft.
Stay tuned to this website for RD Tabs 2.0, which will include a more full set of RDP 6.0 features, plus the UI enhancements and terminal server management features promised in previous posts!
RD Tabs 1.1.0 MSI Installer
RD Tabs 1.1.0 MSI Installer and Setup.EXE bootstrap in a zip file
As you may have seen, Microsoft has released the Remote Desktop Client 6.0 for Windows 2003 and Windows XP. If you install this update, RD Tabs will no longer function, because RD Tabs does not support the Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0 -- It uses RDP 5.2. Do not despair! Now that I can access the RDP 6.0 library from XP and 2003, I will add the 6.0 features to RD Tabs. This release will be RD Tabs 1.1 because it is adding a major new feature (incrementing the minor version number). RD Tabs 2.0 is also in parallel development, which will add all kinds of new features from splitting and grouping tabs side-by-side (new UI) to being able to explore / manage remote terminal servers from within RD Tabs. RD Tabs 2.0 will not be out until spring or summer 2007 sometime, which is why I'm creating RD Tabs 1.1, which will fully support RDP 6.0, even though it will not have all the new snazzy UI features! :-)
I will try to get this out as quick as I can, so stay tuned! The first version of RD Tabs 1.1 will not support remote desktop gateways or being able to individually select which drives you want to share with the remote session (some of the new 6.0 features), but those will be added in subsequent versions. I mainly just want to get RDP 6.0 compatibility as quickly as possible!