appMac Software recently announced that wKiosk Browser, their full-screen Web browser designed for use in public kiosks, is now at version 3.1.1. New changes include integration with Apple’s Safari 1.2 engine, new pop-up management options, support for HTTPS, and the ability to disable the Command-Control-Eject shortcut. The company also noted that several bugs were fixed.
wKiosk Browser allows kiosk users to browse the Internet or an intranet in a controlled setting that prevents them from changing the OS, switching to other applications, or accessing verboten Web sites. Downloads and the force-quit function are disabled, and you can use wKiosk Browser with touch screen technology. appMac Software notes that configuration is relatively simple and designed for non-technical owners.
The new version comes in regular and Pro flavors. The latter includes the ability to manage multiple screens, view movies or pictures on a second screen, change the positions of all interface icons, manage advertising in the toolbar and add a logotype, and see the kiosk’s browsing history in a log file.
wKiosk Browser runs only in Mac OS X v.10.3 (Panther). The upgrade is free for owners of wKiosk 3.1 as well as version 2. Pricing is US$99 for the downloaded regular edition software or $119 for it on CD-ROM, with pricing breaks for multiple licenses. The Pro version is $199 or $219 on CD-ROM, with multiple license discounts also available, and you can upgrade from regular for $99 or $119 on CD-ROM. You can also download a limited-function demo from the appMac Web site.