By RoyalTS on
Monday, January 20, 2014 8:37 AM
We received several feature requests regarding .rdp file handling in Royal TS/X. It seems that web based portals such as Amazon EC2 or Windows Azure are not only more frequently used, the desire for a better and tighter integration into Royal TS/X is also building up. A lot of good suggestions reached our inbox and thanks to the great feedback we got from our Royal TS/X users, we did something to improve the workflow with .rdp files.
In the latest Windows build (188.8.131.52216) the Royal TS installer (.msi file) asks you during install if you wish that Royal TS handles .rdp files by default. Even if you answer this question with no, you can always associate the Royal TS application (RTS2App.exe) with .rdp files by right-clicking and using the “Open with…” functionality in Windows Explorer.
"But I'm working on a Mac!", you might say... Don't worry, we've got you covered too and there's a dedicated section in this blog post for OS X users labeled "What about OS X?".
What happens when Royal TS handles .rdp files?...
By RoyalTS on
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:53 PM
Can you believe that? More than 10 years ago, on October 26th back in 2003, I released the first public version of Royal TS and it looked like this:
As promised in this blog post
, a little background story about the name and the tool itself. I hope you enjoy…
Why bothering writing an RDP client?
My main motivation to write a tool like this was the poor implementation of Microsoft’s RDP MMC snap-in. At the time Microsoft’s client didn’t expose much of the available settings and the MMC lacked something basic like the “Connect to...
By RoyalTS on
Monday, December 09, 2013 1:23 PM
What the heck is Kudu? – you may ask. Well, if you are running web site(s) on Windows Azure, you should read on and learn how you can not only leverage Kudu but also how to integrate it in your workflow using Royal TS. Even if you do not use Windows Azure web sites, you might still find the blog post interesting as it demonstrates some powerful features of Royal TS.
About Kudu Scott Hanselman blogged
about how easy you can see Trace output of Windows Azure hosted Websites here. I’ve blogged about
the backend that is making all this work: Project Kudu
. Project Kudu is an open source project from Microsoft that is the backend of their Git deployment of Azure Websites
By RoyalTS on
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 5:35 PM
We are getting a lot of emails from our users and from potential new users about certain features in and around Royal TS/X. While we have excellent online resources (like our Features pages for Windows and OS X, as well as the online documentation for Windows) we want to dedicate a series of blog posts about the history, the current state and supported platforms of our apps, as well as the future of Royal TS/X.
There are not many products which support more than one platform to manage remote connections. In fact, we are currently the only software vendor providing a solution which allows you to work with your remote connections and credentials on Windows, OS X, iOS and Android! While we have full support for many popular protocols (RDP, VNC, SSH, Telnet, etc.) on Windows and OS X, our free companion apps for iOS and Android allow you to access many of those connections through 3rd party applications.
Royal TS/X provides the richest set of features and connection types in the industry on Windows AND OS X:
- Remote Desktop (RDP): state of the art features like Gateway support and Hyper-V management.
- VNC: connect to any computer running a VNC server (OS X, *nix, Windows, etc.).
- Terminal (SSH, Telnet, RS232): highly customizable terminal emulation.
- Web Pages: integrate web based management consoles in your workflow, including automatic logon.
Most of the above can also be used in our free mobile companion apps through 3rd party apps, such as Microsoft’s Remote Desktop client.
In addition, the Windows version of Royal TS includes support for:
- External Applications: integrate other apps into Royal TS, most of them even embedded. Also read our recent blog post on how to integrate PowerShell.
- Performance View: providing real time performance monitoring capabilities in Royal TS. Here’s our blog post about Performance Views from February.
It's worth noting that all supported connection types are highly integrated in Royal TS/X and can be used in our tabbed interface, as well as in external windows.
Features available on Windows AND OS X:
- Organize your connections, tasks, credentials and templates in folders and documents.
- Centralized credential management.
- Encryption and password protection. Read our blog post about encryption in Royal TS/X.
- Command Tasks to integrate command-line tools (such as a simple ping command or establishing VPN connections).
- Key Sequence Tasks to automate keyboard input.
- Support for Connection Templates.
- Easily establish connections using the “Ad Hoc” feature, you can even duplicate connected sessions.
- Flexible tabbed user interface allowing you to work with many sessions, as simple as in your web browser.
- Dynamically switch to external windows (or full screen) and work efficiently with multiple screens.
Making Teams Work
Royal TS/X documents can be used with any of our apps on any platform, regardless of where they were created. One of our biggest achievements in Royal TS/X is the way we merge (synchronize) changes from multiple users while they modify the same document. Royal TS/X is transparently handling everything needed to keep documents in sync. You don't even have to set up a SQL server or any other database component! Simply making the documents you want to share with your team available through a network share or a cloud storage service (Dropbox, Skydrive, etc.) is enough.
Because of this, Royal TS/X makes it extremely easy to work in a team. To find out more about the team sharing capabilities in Royal TS/X, read this blog post.
Royal TS/X is Free!
First and foremost, Royal TS/X can be used for free for an unlimited amount of time as long as you do not exceed 10 connections and 10 credentials. No license key required, no registration required, just download, install, and use. Best of all, there’s not a single feature in Royal TS/X which isn’t available in the free version (shareware mode). So, if you are working in a small IT shop or need to manage a small test environment in your basement, Royal TS/X can be used for free – for personal and commercial use!
Pricing and Licensing
We provide reasonable pricing and licensing options, in case you need more than 10 connections or 10 credentials. The licensed product allows you to open multiple documents as well.
The choice is yours, if you only need Royal TS/X on a single platform, you get it for a very low and competitive price. Even our bundle pricing (which includes Royal TS for Windows and Royal TSX for OS X) is still much more affordable than any other package in the industry. In addition, we provide volume license discounts and better deals for larger departments or companies (site and global licenses).
All licenses are perpetual and include at least 12 months of software maintenance – which gives you access to the latest versions and priority email support.
Our mobile companion apps for iOS and Android are available for free!
We happily take any kind of feedback. If there’s something you want to tell us, head to our forums or contact us directly.
Stefan and Felix
By RoyalTS on
Friday, November 15, 2013 11:50 AM
After several months of beta testing, we’re finally ready to release Royal TSX 1.2 to the world!
This release is filled with new features and bugfixes, so we thought we dedicate a blog post to highlight the new features, improvements and enhancements.
So here comes the shiny new stuff:
Support for Connection Templates
Royal TS (for Windows) had connection templates since 2.1.0, so it was a given that at some point they would come to Royal TSX too.
In short, templates are “special” connections which can be created or connected to based on other connections (even from a different connection type). You can “inject” values from the selected connection(s) into the resulting connection, basically pretty much the same as you already do with command tasks.
For a more in depth look at the feature, please check out Stefan’s original blog post
about connection templates in Royal TS (for Windows). The core mechanics are the same in Royal TSX, so you should be able to get going fast by following his instructions.
Fullscreen and External Windows
An often requested feature since Royal TSX’ early beta days was taking individual connections fullscreen. Well, I’m happy to report that this feature is finally available in Royal TSX 1.2 using the matching FreeRDP plugin. There’s even support for multi-monitor configurations and you can use the feature from the “Connect with Options” menu.
We’ve also added support for launching connections in external windows that can be positioned on the screen of your choice, just like fullscreen connections.
Support for Remote Desktop Gateway (TSG) and Hyper-V
Another much requested feature that finally made it into Royal TSX (using the FreeRDP plugin), is Remote Desktop Gateway (TSG) support. FreeRDP supported it for a while but until recently we didn’t think it was ready for prime time. Well, now it’s here to stay!
We also support connections to Hyper-V guests now. Currently you have to “know” the Instance ID you want to connect to, but we’ll have something that will drastically simplify this minor inconvenience in store for a future update. So, stay tuned!
And there’s more, a lot more, …
Besides the 3 “killer features” mentioned above we’ve also improved and tweaked the UI in several places. For instance, you can now use pinch gestures in the Overview tab to zoom in and out.
There’s support for creating ad hoc web page connections from credentials, which comes in handy if you use our Royal Passwords browser extensions and don’t want to create a separate web page connection for every credential you use in the browser, just to be able to open it in Royal TSX.
Most error messages that originate from connection sessions are now being displayed in a “tab modal” pop up. That way you always know which session that error comes from and can even continue working in other sessions and come back later to investigate what happened in the tab that generated the error.
The autohiding document list can now be positioned either on the left or right side of the main window.
We’ve also dedicated a good amount of time to making Royal TSX shine on retina displays and it’s those little details that set Royal TSX apart from it’s competition.
Speaking of competition, we now support importing from ‘Jump Desktop’ and ‘Remote Desktop Manager’
If you’re still hungry for more, the full list of new features and bugfixes that are included in Royal TSX 1.2 is available on our downloads page
We hope the new features, improvements and enhancements are useful to you. We happily take any kind of feedback. If there’s something you want to tell us, head to our forums or contact us directly.
have a great weekend,
By RoyalTS on
Friday, November 08, 2013 12:38 PM
We’ve just released 2.2.6 and since the last two releases (2.2.5 and 2.2.6) are also bringing a couple of new features, I thought I dedicate a small blog post about those new features.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 We’ve changed the things our installer is doing during installation. In previous versions we created a bunch of “Start Menu” items (like read-me file, license agreement, link to the web site, etc.) which are now a bit annoying when running Windows 8(.1). We’ve reduced the number of items to 1 – the link to the app! Those files and links are still there and most of them can be accessed through the application or by just navigating to the installation folder. Admittedly, this is not really a new feature, but I thought I mention it, in case you miss those items.
Anyway, there are some 8(.1) related features new to Royal TS I want to mention:
The Hyper-V dashboard now supports Windows Server 2012R2 and Windows 8.1 hosts. The new RDP8 bandwidth detection can be configured in the...
By RoyalTS on
Friday, November 08, 2013 10:32 AM
Last weekend we had the pleasure to talk about Royal TS at the great E2EVC event in Rome/Italy. We had a great time, met nice people and were engaged in interesting discussions. I think it’s time to recap our experience of the event.
What is E2EVC? E2EVC is Experts to Experts Virtualization Conference (formerly PubForum). It’s all about virtualization and a true community event. Traditionally, this event takes place twice a year in Europe, almost every time in a different city and always on a weekend (to ensure there is no excuse like “I’m too busy for that”!).
The event is limited to 140 attendees. So this is kind of a small group. Everbody knows everybody. There are of course fresh faces showing up but it has this family like feeling – almost feels like going to a reunion. This time, E2EVC had attendees from 18 countries including 18 MS MVPs, 15 CTPs and 6 vExperts.
For more information about the E2EVC, visit their web site: http://www.e2evc.com/home/
By RoyalTS on
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:52 PM
Today, we are happy to announce the newest addition to the “Royal Family”: Royal TSD (for Android) and the new update of Royal TSi (for iPhone, iPad) with iOS 7 support.
Royal TSi: What’s New?
First of all, Royal TSi is still free! We massively updated the look and feel of the application when used on iOS 7. Check out the screenshots
and see for yourself. As before, you can open one or more Royal TS/X documents to browse the contents of your documents and access your credentials. You can open all your web page connections in Safari and also open connections using 3rd party clients. Royal TSi is offering some built-in templates and the possibility to create custom templates which can be used to open 3rd party clients.
Here’s an overview of connections and templates offered by Royal TSi:
Remote Desktop Connections 2X RDP iTap RDP...
By RoyalTS on
Friday, October 04, 2013 1:50 PM
In a couple of weeks (November 1-3) we will be presenting Royal TS, Royal TSX and maybe some brand new exciting stuff at the E2EVC (Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference) in Rome, Italy.
By RoyalTS on
Friday, September 27, 2013 2:04 PM
We get a lot of feature request to better implement and support PowerShell capabilities in Royal TS. While we are thinking about some cool scenarios for one of our next major Royal TS for Windows versions, I want to share some guidance on how to integrate PowerShell into your Royal TS workflow with the current version of Royal TS (V2.2 and later).
Since Royal TS V2.2 supports embedding external applications using the External Application
connection type (see Help Reference
), you can integrate almost any other Windows application into your Royal TS workflow – including Powershell or the PowerShell ISE.
Preparing PowerShell Before we can truly integrate PowerShell in Royal TS, we need to make sure that the PowerShell window can be resized to the appropriate window size. To do that, make sure you start the powershell.exe...