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Citrix is ready for the iPad

Citrix is ready for the big release of the iPad tomorrow.

Right on time, Citrix has today released a new Citrix Receiver for iPad. The new iPad Receiver will use Dazzle features and integrate GoToMeeting into the iPad.

Even though there is no news from Apple, when they plan to release the iPad in Denmark, I’m ecstatic.

I think this is so cool and I hope the iPad (and Citrix Receiver on iPad) will turn out to be exactly as useful as I imagine it could be.

It looks like Citrix have done a great job in developing the client for iPad, If you haven’t seen it in action check out the demo on Citrix TV (http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/1935). One thing that i notice about the demo, is the fact that Chris Fleck use what looks like a mouse with the Receiver. I don’t think it will be possible to use a real mouse with the iPad, so it’s properly because the video is recorded with the iPad emulator.

UPDATED: Citrix have a trick up their sleeve. Check out this video and see how Gus Pinto use his iPhone as a trackpad to control the iPad (http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/1937).

If your one of the lucky owners of an iPad, you can download the Citrix Receiver for iPad via iTunes here (http://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/citrix-receiver-for-ipad/id363501921?mt=8).

For more information check out the official Citrix ipad site (http://www.citrix.com/ipad).

If you don’t have a Citrix farm, where you can test your new iPad with Citrix Receiver, you can test it at http://citrixcloud.net/Citrix_Cloud_Demos.html.

If you by any chance, is going to Synergy in San Francisco. I will be giving a session at Synergy with René Vester. In this session we will feature information on the iPad, and hopefully be able to make a demonstration of the new Citrix Receiver for iPad.

More info on this session: SYN321- Supporting Macs and iPhones in your corporate infrastructure

Jacob Berg

Citrix and Apple iPad

Last week Steve Jobs introduced Apples newest mobile device called the iPad. I personally think it look quite cool, even though I would have loved a ”real” Mac OSX version or at least flash support and multitasking.

That said, It’s still looks like a great device and with the Citrix Receiver there´s really no limit to the use.

The Citrix receiver on the iPhone has already proven it’s usefulness and with the larger screen and resolution it’s a must have.

Chris Fleck from Citrix has already tested the Citrix Receiver in the iPad SDK simulator and have written a blog post where he encourage people to tell how they can use Citrix Receiver with the iPad. Check it out here and submit your own ideas. He also have a great post where he’s pointing out why iPad could be a door opener for BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer).

Another great blog post is posted by Craig Ellrod. This blog introduces a Proof of Concept made by Citrix and introduces a Deployment guide for XenApp & XenDesktop for Citrix Receiver for iPhone, iPod and iPad.

I really like the idea about using the iPad with Citrix Receiver. This will not only be a very cool way to get access to your Windows apps, but also a very useful way. With the possibility to use an external bluetooth keyboard and maybe even an external screen (Steve Jobs mentioned connecting the iPad to a projector) this could very well function as a full-blown client. The only issue I see for this to succeed is the missing mouse support. Hopefully either Apple or Citrix will fix this issue, so it will be possible to use a mouse when running Citrix Receiver.

I personally can’t wait to see how Citrix Receiver will work on a iPad.

Now I just hope Citrix also will develop a GoToMyPC application for the iPad/iPhone, that will enable you to connect to your PC/Mac from your iPad/iPhone through GoToMyPC from anywhere.

Jacob Berg

Citrix Receiver for Android Tech Preview

The long anticipated Citrix Receiver for Android is now in Tech Preview (Version 0.9).

If you are the lucky owner of an Android-based cellphone you can now download and test the software. All you have to do is to use the two-dimensional barcode with the barcode scanner on your phone. The QR code to the right hold the information about the needed software.

Unfortunately I don’t own an Android phone myself, but I really can’t wait to test this out

For general questions and issues have a look at the special Receiver for Android forum: http://forums.citrix.com/forum.jspa?forumID=887

For more information check out Tedd Fox’s post on the Citrix Receiver for Android: http://community.citrix.com/display/xa/Citrix+Receiver+for+Android

Jacob Berg

Citrix Online Plug-In for Mac and Safari 4

I’m getting a lot of questions regarding Safari and the Citrix Online Plug-In for Mac version 11.

Users can’t launch applications from the Web Interface. Nothing happens when clicking on an application icon.

Currently the Citrix Online Plug-In does not work with 64-bit Safari. Citrix are working on a fix for this, but until that is released the workaround is to launch Safari in 32bit mode.

To do this, find Safari in the applications folder and do a Get Info. There will be an “Open in 32-bit mode” checkbox – ensure that this is checked. Restart Safari and web launches should work. Of course, this will affect Safari for all other browsing activities so performance may be slightly impacted.

Scott McDonald from Citrix has a thread on this issue on the Citrix Support Forum: http://forums.citrix.com/thread.jspa?threadID=251388&start=0&tstart=0

Another workaround is to use Firefox

Jacob Berg

Web Interface 5.2 and Presentation Server 4.0

Error message ”Citrix online plug-in could not contact the server” when trying to access applications with the Citrix XenApp plug-in.

Recently I helped upgrading a WI to version 5.2. The customer was running Presentation Server 4.0. After the upgrade everything worked fine for all users running WI with the XenApp Web plug-in. A few users, no more than 20, was running the XenApp plug-in (The new name for the old PN agent). These users could not launch any applications 🙁

The application enumeration worked fine, but trying to launch an app would show the error ”Citrix online plug-in could not contact the server”.

After some troubleshooting I found the following solution:

Edit the WebInterface.conf file.

Change the value RequireLaunchReference=On to RequireLaunchReference=Off.

That solved the issue.

Afterwards I found this Citrix technote describing the necessity to change this value. Even though it’s not exactly the same issue: http://support.citrix.com/article/ctx123003

Jacob Berg