French Mac software developer AppMac Software has announced the Preview Version release of wKiosk 1.0 — a secure Internet browser for Mac OS X designed for public kiosk use.
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wKiosk is a renamed version of the eKiosk 4 browser, which publicly debuted in September at Apple Expo in Paris, France. If you’re already familiar with eKiosk in its previous incarnation, you’ll notice that wKiosk is a significant change. eKiosk 3.1.1 was based on Microsoft Internet Explorer paired with AppleScript, and worked only in “Classic” Mac OS only.
wKiosk, meanwhile is an application built using Mac OS X’s Cocoa framework, and it’s based on Netscape’s own Gecko engine. It’s compatible with Flash and QuickTime. Web browsing using wKiosk is done in full-screen mode, thus prohibiting access to the Finder. URL control function can also be employed to keep users from visiting Web sites they should.
wKiosk 1.0 is localized in French and English; AppMac plans to release the final version by the end of November. The Preview Version should be ready for download by day’s end, according to AppMac — in the interim, you can view screenshots of the browser in use on the AppMac Web site.