Jump Desktop for Mac Beta: 8.9

We're excited to announce several new beta features for Jump Desktop: virtual displays, privacy mode, higher quality audio streaming, and pixel perfect mouse scrolling. 

Note: Before you get started, you'll need beta versions of Jump Desktop and Jump Desktop Connect. See below on how to get started with this.

Virtual Displays for Fluid lets you extend your remote session beyond the physical limits of your host's displays. You can now create up to 4 virtual displays during a remote session. Virtual displays support arbitrary resolutions and can match your local display layout perfectly. This is perfect for working with multiple monitors without having to worry about how many monitors are attached to the remote host. Virtual Monitors also support Retina mode to extra clarity! Connect to your machine and click Displays -> Virtual Monitor.

Privacy Mode for Fluid lets you blank out the host machine's physical displays and block any inputs from physical keyboard and mice attached to the machine. It will also automatically lock computer after the remote session ends. This is perfect for when you need to remotely work on sensitive documents and media. Great for shared environments and hybrid work workflows. To enable privacy mode connect to your machine and click Remote -> Privacy Mode.

Higher quality audio streaming for Fluid lets you enjoy crystal clear audio for your remote session. Fluid's audio quality was already very high, but we've double bandwidth allocated to audio. Requires Teams Enterprise.

Pixel perfect mouse scrolling for Fluid lets you scroll smoothly and accurately on any screen, even on high-resolution Retina displays. 

We hope you enjoy these new features!

Requirements for Virtual Monitor Support on host machine:

  • Windows hosts: Windows 10 or later. Windows supports up to 4 virtual monitors.
  • MacOS: macOS 10.14 or later required.
    • macOS 10.14 supports one virtual monitor. 
    • macOS 10.15+ on Intel Macs supports up to 3 virtual monitors. 
    • macOS on Apple Silicon supports up to 4 virtual monitors.

How to get started:

1.  Install Jump Desktop Connect 6.8.75 or later on the host machine: 

2. Enrol in the macOS Jump Desktop Beta:

  • Install Jump Desktop for Mac 8.9.6 beta: Make sure you are using the non-App Store version of Jump Desktop and then click Jump Desktop -> Preferences -> CHECK 'Beta Updates' and then click Help -> Check for Updates.

Jump Desktop Beta 8.8.28

In 8.8.28:

  • Fixed: Fullscreen fixes for Catalina

In 8.8.27:

  • Fixed: Fullscreen display fixes when windows go fullscreen in the same space
  • Fixed: Fullscreen shortcut not working on Monterey
  • Fixed: Shortcuts stop working in multi-display fullscreen mode
  • Stability

In 8.8.26:

  • Stability and bug fixes

In 8.8.23:

  • Fixes for full screen display problems on macOS 12 Monterey
  • Updated Jump Desktop icon. Vote for the new icon here
  • Performance and bug fixes
  • Fix for regression in 8.8.22 with 'Fullscreen on all displays'

In 8.8.21:

  • New: Microphone redirection support for Fluid connections. You can now send audio to the machine you're connecting to. At the moment this supported when connecting from a Mac to another Mac. 
    1. Make sure you're running Jump Desktop Connect 6.7.65 beta.
    2. Make sure you're connecting from a Mac
    3. After you connect click Remote -> Audio -> Send Audio and select a local device to start recording from.
    4. On the remote / host mac, the audio will play on the Jump Desktop Microphone device.
  • New: Options to always start connections in 'Observe Only' mode and turn of Fluid's resolution matching for all connections. Open up Jump Desktop -> Preferences -> General -> Connections
  • Fixes for playing audio through Bluetooth headphones.
  • New: Retina mode for Fluid connections. At the moment only supported when connecting from a Mac with a retina screen to another Mac with a retina screen. 
    1. Make sure you're running Jump Desktop Connect 6.7.65 beta on the host.
    2. Make sure you're connecting from a Mac with a Retina display and make sure the remote Mac also has support for retina.
    3. After you connect click Remote -> Displays -> Use Retina Resolution.

Please note: Retina mode requires up to 4x the number of pixels an may have a performance impact on connections. 

  • Keyboard input modifier fixes.
  • Stability and performance fixes.
  • By popular demand, we've restored the old Jump Desktop icon. Thank you everyone for your feedback. We're going back to the drawing board.


Jump Desktop for iOS 9.6.8

Jump Desktop for iOS 9.6.8 has the following changes:

  • We've reverted back to the old Jump Desktop icon. Thank you everyone for the feedback! We're going back to the drawing board.
  • In the last update we added the ability to lock the physical mouse cursor. In this update we've added support for customizing pointer acceleration and speed when the mouse cursor is locked. Adjust these settings in: Settings -> Mouse & Gestures -> Physical Mouse.
  • Physical keyboard fixes
  • Stability

In iOS 9.6.7 we added iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 compatibility. Also:

  • We've updated to the new Jump Desktop icon. Let us know if you like it.
  • We've added a new gaming gesture profile for Fluid! You can now control 3D first person games and 3D graphics applications by switching gesture profiles: Connect to a machine using Fluid and then tap the three dots at the top -> Settings icon -> Gesture Profiles -> Trackpad (Gaming) profile. This works with a physical mouse too!
  • New Mouse Pointer Lock for iPadOS 14+ when using a physical mouse: This new feature makes it easier to use a physical mouse. It lets you lock the mouse pointer so that it always remains inside the remote screen. This way you don't have to worry about accidentally invoking the home screen bar or clicking on iPad's native UI buttons. To start using this feature open up Jump Desktop -> Settings -> Mouse and Gestures -> Lock Mouse Pointer -> ON. Quickly toggle this feature from the physical keyboard using the following shortcut: Cmd + Shift + P.
  • Up to 2X Performance improvements for Fluid on newer iOS devices.
  • Lots of bug fixes and stability work.


Jump Audio Drivers for Mac

Jump Desktop Connect 6.5.x now ships it's very own high quality, low latency audio drivers for Mac. Third party drivers are no longer needed to stream audio from a Mac (though we will still support third party audio drivers).

The drivers are automatically installed when you install Jump Desktop Connect 6.5.x or later. Once installed you will see a new audio device called Jump Desktop Audio. Any audio sent to this device will be streamed to the Jump Desktop client.

The new audio drivers are compatible with macOS 10.10+ on Intel and Apple Silicon.

How to install Jump Desktop Betas

How to access Jump Desktop for Teams Beta

Visit: https://beta-app.jumpdesktop.com

How to get Jump Desktop for Mac Beta 

Open up Jump Desktop and click Jump Desktop -> Preferences -> General -> Check For Beta Updates and then click Jump Desktop -> Check For Updates.

If you don't see the Check for Beta Updates, you'll need to download the web version of Jump Desktop for Mac from here: http://jumpdesktop.com/downloads/JumpDesktopMac.zip

How to get Jump Desktop for Windows Beta

Open open up Jump Desktop for Windows -> File -> Settings -> Updates -> Check the checkbox Beta Updates and click Check for updates.

How to get Jump Desktop for iOS Beta

Send us an email: support@jumpdesktop.com and let us know you want to be included in the Testflight iOS Public Betas.

How to get Jump Desktop Connect Beta

Most of the beta features require new Jump Desktop Connect apps on the host machines. To update to the beta, open up Jump Desktop Connect and then click Settings -> Updates -> Beta updates. Then click Check for updates.

VPN only connections for Fluid

Jump Desktop Connect has a built-in technology that tries its best to create an end to end encrypted connection between machines, even if there is no direct path between the two hosts using indirect networking routes and relays. This feature frees up users from manually opening ports and configuring network settings. However, this also creates problems in locked-down environments where administrators need to control when a user is allowed to connect.

You can now configure Jump Desktop Connect to allow connections only when there is a direct networking path between the devices.

In this mode, Jump will never fallback on relay servers or take indirect networking routes. So for example, if a user tries to connect without VPN enabled from another network, the connection attempt fails because Jump will not be able to find a direct route between the user and the target machine.

Note: In this mode, Administrators must make sure that their firewall rules allow the VPN IP address pool to communicate over UDP with the host machines. Connections will fail otherwise.

How to configure Direct Connection Mode

  1. You'll need to make sure you're using the Lock down settings feature with your computer.
  2. In your Connect Configuration, make sure Direct Connections Only is checked
  3. Save your settings.
  4. To test and see if these settings are working, try connecting to the machine from an outside network or a from a mobile network.

Lockdown Settings

Lock down settings let you enforce settings for the Jump Desktop Connect app from your team's web dashboard. Once settings are assigned to a machine, it can not be changed from the Jump Desktop Connect app running on the host machines.

You can apply settings to individual machines on your team or to entire access groups. 

Requirements 

  • Currently only available for Teams Enterprise billing plan.

How to get started with Lockdown settings.

  1. Visit https://app.jumpdesktop.com and sign into your team's dashboard.
  2. Click the Connect Settings icon.
  3. Click New Configuration and give it a name and then click Save.
  4. Next assign it to the machines you want the settings to be enforced on (you can change the settings or the assignment later).

You'll notice that the Configuration window lists quite a few configuration options that are not available inside the Jump Desktop Connect app - such as the ability to turn off screen sharing, adding remote access users, configuring fluid ports. Here's a screenshot of what you can configure:



Once settings are applied to machines, the Jump Desktop Connect app on the machines will display a message in the Settings window: Settings are managed by your team's administrator.


Cloudless Fluid Connections

Jump Desktop Connect and Jump Desktop for Mac now support completely cloudless Fluid connections. This means that you can now use Fluid without any cloud dependencies. This is useful for environments that require super-high security or otherwise don't have access to the internet.

Limitations of Cloudless Fluid Connections

  • Important Security note: Team Access Control restrictions do not apply to manual connections. You are responsible for all firewall and security surrounding the connection. The connection to the machine will be allowed access as long as they can connect to the machine's IP address and they know a local user name and password. The connection will be encrypted end-to-end.
  • Only available on Teams Enterprise plans.

How to Enable Cloudless Fluid On The Remote Computer

There are two ways to enable Cloudless Fluid Connections - you can use either way:

1. In your Team's dashboard use the Lock down settings feature. Specifically you'll need to turn on the Manual Fluid Connections option:

2. Alternative way if the computer does not have any access to the cloud: Open up Jump Desktop Connect on the remote computer and then click the Settings icon -> Advanced -> CHECK Fluid -> CHECK Manual Fluid Connections.


How to Connect to Computers With Cloudless Fluid Enabled

You can connect to cloudless fluid using Jump Desktop for Mac by creating a new Manual connection: 

  1. Open up Jump Desktop for Mac or Windows
  2. Make sure you are signed in your Teams Enterprise account. This will unlock the Cloudless Fluid feature.
  3. Click File -> Add New.
  4. You should now see a new Fluid option in the Type area. Click Fluid and enter the machine's IP address to connect.