Serial devices can now be directly connected from Token2Shell/MD

Token2Shell/MD version 10.7.0 is now available. Along with bug fixes and minor enhancements, the new version now natively supports serial communication. The following summarizes new features and changes.

  • Now supports serial communication via modern interface ports including USB-to-Serial adapters and Bluetooth virtual serial ports. On-board serial ports commonly found in legacy computers are *NOT* supported.

    Please note that the serial communication support in the new version uses a different URL scheme name ‘serial://‘ instead of ‘com://‘ that we used in our other products. Hence, address book entries for serial devices are not compatible.

    We decided to use a new scheme as the new serial device support in Token2Shell/MD is built around a port ‘name‘ instead of a port ‘number‘. Such fundamental difference makes an address book entry incompatible. Thus we wanted to at least keep the address book entries from other programs intact by using a new scheme.

  • Now properly handles two-factor authentications for SSH connections.
  • Pressing F5 (or ALT+R) after disconnected from a server starts reconnecting to the same server.

Token2Shell/MD version 10.6.0 improves handling touch gestures and context menus

Token2Shell/MD version 10.6.0 is now live on Windows Store. The following summarizes new features and changes.

  • Double-tap now toggles the scroll-back mode on and off. Once it’s activated, you can drag or swipe the terminal screen to view previous lines (scroll-back mode is automatically triggered by dragging or swiping in full window mode).
  • Now supports automatically copying selected text to clipboard.
  • Now supports right-click paste. When this option is enabled, right-click sends the text in clipboard or currently selected text. If your mouse has a middle or wheel button, you can use it for the same purpose without enabling this option.
  • Selected text can now be opened as a web link (ex. email address for opening an email app, web address for opening a web browser and etc.)
  • Raw IPv6 addresses can now be properly handled.

    If you don’t need to specify a port number with an IPv6 address, you can just enter its raw hexadecimal representation with colons. For example, when you want to enter an IPv6 address, ‘2001:0db8:0000:0000:0000:ff00:0042:8329‘, with a user ID, ‘myid‘:

    When you need to specify a port number, the address must be enclosed with brackets (‘[‘ and ‘]’). For example, to append a port number 1234:

Token2Shell/MD now supports direct PDF file printing over SSH or TELNET

Token2Shell/MD version 10.5.0 is now live on Windows Store. The following summarizes new features and changes.

  • Now supports local printing that can redirect remote text output to a local printer. You can also directly send the output to a network printer without opening a preview window.
  • Proprietary printing mode (ESC[2016i) for directly previewing and printing a PDF file now supported. Click here for more info.
  • Line Sender now has an option for turning off sending the current line with an ENTER key. Even when it’s disabled, you still can use F5 or right-sidebar ENTER button for sending the current line.
  • CTRL+2/3/4/5/6/7/8 can now be used for sending control characters ^@ (0x00), ^[ (0x27), ^\ (0x28), ^] (0x29), ^^ (0x30), ^_ (0x31) and ^? (0x7F) respectively. CTRL+@/[/\/]/^/_/? can also be used for sending the actual corresponding control characters.
  • Improved character input buffer.

Token2Shell/MD version 10.4.0 now available on Windows Store

  • Now includes character input buffer for locally storing printable characters and sending them in batches instead of one by one as they are typed. It should improve entering continuous text over a slow connection. This option can be temporarily toggled on and off by CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER.
  • Keyboard shortcuts CTRL+SHIFT+C and CTRL+SHIFT+V are added for copy and paste respectively. This also allows using the paste button on Windows 10 Mobile screen keyboard as it generates a CTRL+V keyboard shortcut; tap the SHIFT key before tapping the paste button (after using the paste button, you need to reset the SHIFT key manually).
  • Virtual [Paste] button is now available in ‘Fn Keypad’ Group 3.
  • Physical number keypad can now be used in emulating text terminals.

Token2Shell/MD version 10.3.0 now available on Windows Store

  • SFTP/SCP hybrid is now ready for file uploading and downloading.

    In order to maximize transfer speed, Token2Shell/MD seamlessly makes use of both SFTP and SCP. If the server does not support SCP or cannot handle high-speed SFTP, Token2Shell/MD automatically falls back to the standard SFTP. File uploading can also be started via drag-and-drop or paste directly from Windows File Explorer.

    While transferring files or using X11 forwarding, please don’t minimize Token2Shell/MD to the Taskbar. It may trigger Windows OS to pause running the app altogether.

  • X11 forwarding is now supported for SSH sessions.

    In order to properly use X11 forwarding, you need to separately run an X server such as VcXsrv (http://sourceforge.net/projects/vcxsrv/) or Xming (http://www.straightrunning.com/XmingNotes/). Also, as mentioned above, please don’t minimize Token2Shell/MD to the Taskbar while using X11 forwarding.

    This option is not available for Windows 10 Mobile since it requires a separate X server running in the background and such background task is not allowed in the Mobile.

  • Left [ALT] key can now be used as the [META] key for Unix-like server programs such as Emacs.
  • Virtual [META] and [CTRL] buttons are now available in ‘Fn Keypad’ Group 3.
  • When ‘Home Folder‘ is changed, all existing settings are now automatically copied to the new folder if the selected new folder is empty.
  • 2048-bits DSA private keys are now supported.
  • Improved SSH into Windows 10 IoT; you can also upload or download files in SFTP.
  • Improved XTerm emulation.

Token2Shell/MD is now Mobile and Continuum Ready!

Windows 10 Mobile is not yet officially released, however we are happy to announce that you can now test drive Token2Shell/MD on smartphone with Windows 10 Mobile preview versions.

When you launch Token2Shell/MD from a smartphone, each session terminal is maximized to make full use the available screen area. However, when it’s in Continuum mode with higher screen resolution, each session terminal can be freely floated and moved around the screen; just like running Token2Shell/MD on a desktop PC. It even supports setting its desktop background image and opening translucent terminal windows.

Have not yet heard about the Continuum? Here are some of the videos demonstrating the Continuum in Windows 10 Mobile:

As mentioned, Windows 10 Mobile is not yet officially released and Token2Shell/MD is built and tested against those preview versions hence there may be more glitches and unexpected bugs. If you do find such problems, just drop us a line! We’ll have it fixed right away and make sure everything works flawlessly when the official version of Windows 10 Mobile is available.

By the way, buying Token2Shell/MD from Windows Store allows you to install it on both PC and smartphone without additional cost. So if you’re in Windows 10 Mobile Insider program or in the market for an SSH client, you should definitely check out our Token2Shell/MD! It’s now even on sale for $.99 (USD) until 11/5/2015!


Token2Shell/MD version 10.1.0 now available on Windows Store

  • Private keys in PuTTY file format can now be imported directly; you just need to select ‘.ppk‘ files.

    If the private key file is encrypted, you need to enter its passphrase. It’ll then be converted and re-encrypted using the same passphrase in OpenSSH format that Token2Shell/MD uses.

  • While importing OpenSSH private keys, public key files are now automatically created if you don’t provide them.

    Token2Shell/MD natively uses OpenSSH private key file format. Thus if you select private and public key file pairs in OpenSSH format, they are simply copied and used as they are. However, if you only have a private key file in OpenSSH format, you can now just select that file while importing; Token2Shell/MD automatically creates its corresponding public key (if the file is encrypted, you need to enter its passphrase as its corresponding pubic key is derived from the original private key values).

    Please note that OpenSSH public key files are only recognized when they are named as their corresponding private key file name plus ‘.pub‘. For example, if your private key file is named ‘my.key‘, its public key file must be named ‘my.key.pub‘.

  • AltGr modifier key in some keyboard layouts (ex. Icelandic keyboard) is now properly handled.
  • Font size change is now correctly applied when a new terminal session is started.
  • Fixed connection problems with Dropbear (https://matt.ucc.asn.au/dropbear/dropbear.html) SSH server and its related software (ex. OpenWRT (https://openwrt.org)).
  • Fixed title bar menu handling in Tablet mode.