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A Note on Publishing Apps with the hopTo Host Agent Version 2.3

John Catenzaro
posted this on August 5, 2015, 10:52 AM

Publishing apps with hopTo

 

MAX 1.1 in version 2.3 of the Host Agent provides you with an alternative method of publishing apps on iPad, iPhone, and Android mobile devices by creating shortcuts to them in a PublishedApps folder on your Windows server or Windows desktop (Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate). You can publish apps for all users or for specific users. If you do publish apps for specific users, you must either be the specified user performing the task or have Admin rights to publish for specific users.

Once you publish the apps, when users tap Remote Applications on their mobile device, they’ll see the published apps if they have access to them.

If you don’t already have a PublishedApps folder within the hopTo folder, you need to create one. You only have to do this once.

Create a new hopTo PublishedApps folder for all users

 

Follow these steps to create the new folder.

  1. From the Start menu, click Computer and navigate to the hopTo folder:

Computer > Local Disk (C:) > ProgramData > hopTo.

  1. Click the hopTo folder. Create a new folder and name it PublishedApps.

Create a new hopTo PublishedApps folder for specific users

 

You must be the specified user to complete this task or you need permission from your Admin.

  1. From the Start menu, click Computer and navigate to the hopTo folder via the Users folder:

Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Users > UserName > AppData > Roaming > hopTo.

  1. Click the hopTo folder. Create a new folder and name it PublishedApps.

 

Publish apps for all users

Once you’ve created your PublishedApps folder, navigate to it:

Computer > Local Disk (C:) > ProgramData > hopTo > PublishedApps.

The shortcuts you create will be placed in this folder, as shown in this example.

 

addedfirefox.jpg 

 

 

The following sections describe the steps for creating the shortcuts.

 

 

 

To create a shortcut, right-click on the screen and click New, and then Shortcut.

Note: This process may vary on different Windows systems, but the task here is to display a menu that lets you create a new shortcut.

 

 newshortcut.jpg

 

 

 

The Create Shortcut dialog box appears.

 

 createshortcut.jpg

 

 

 

 

Click Browse to locate your Remote Applications in the Program Files folder.

 

 browsefiles.jpg

 

 

 

 

In this example, we’ve chosen to create a shortcut for Mozilla Firefox. Click Mozilla Firefox and navigate to the firefox.exe file.

 

firefoxshortcut.jpg 

 

Click OK.

 

 

 

You’ll see the location of the item you chose. Click Next to continue.

 

 

 firefoxlocation.jpg

 

 

Choose the name for the shortcut. You can name it what you want, but in this example, we’re keeping the name “firefox.exe.”

 

 namefirefoxt.jpg

 

Click Finish to add the shortcut to the PublishedApps folder.

 

 

In this example, you can see the firefox.exe shortcut we just added, as well as a number of other shortcuts.

 

 addedfirefox.jpg

 

 

Continue adding shortcuts following the same steps.

 

 

 

View shortcuts in MAX Editor

Once you’ve created the shortcuts, you can see the list in the MAX Editor.

Open the hopTo Control Panel from the Start menu.

Note: The hopTo Control Panel appears in different locations on different Windows systems; this is just our example.

 

hoptoCP.jpg 

Click MAX and you’ll see the shortcuts list with the firefox.exe shortcut that we just added.

 

 

MAXshortcutlist.jpg 

 

 

View the published Remote Apps on the device

The client app hopTo Work on the device will now display the Remote Apps that you’ve published. You’ll see the firefox.exe as well as others that have been published for this example. This example shows the iPad, but the published apps will appear on the iPhone and Android devices as well.

 

publishedapps.jpg

 

 

Publish apps for a specific user

You need to be the specified user to perform this task or have Admin rights to publish apps for specific users.

Navigate to the PublishedApps folder:

Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Users > UserName > AppData > Roaming > hopTo > PublishedApps.

The shortcuts you create will be placed in this folder, as shown in this example.

 

 userpubapp.jpg

 

 

The following sections describe the steps for creating the shortcuts.

 

 

 

To create a shortcut, right-click on the screen and click New, and then Shortcut.

Note: This process may vary on different Windows systems, but the task here is to display a menu that lets you create a new shortcut.

 

 usernewshortcut.jpg

 

 

 

The Create Shortcut dialog box appears.

 

 createshortcut.jpg

 

 

 

Click Browse to locate your Remote Applications in the Program Files folder.

 

 

browsefiles.jpg 

 

 

 

In this example, we’ve chosen to create a shortcut for Google Chrome. Click Google, and then Chrome. Navigate to the chrome.exe file.

 

chromeshortcut.jpg 

 

Click OK.

 

 

 

You’ll see the location of the item you chose. Click Next to continue.

 

 

chromelocation.jpg 

 

 

 

Choose the name for the shortcut. You can name it what you want, but in this example, we’re keeping the name “chrome.exe.”

 

namechrome.jpg 

 

Click Finish to add the shortcut to the PublishedApps folder.

 

 

 

In this example, you can see the chrome.exe shortcut we just added, as well as one other shortcut.

 

 addedchrome.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: You Cannot View user specific shortcuts in MAX Editor

 

 

View the published Remote Apps on the device

The client app hopTo Work on the device will now display the Remote Apps that you’ve published. And here you’ll see the chrome.exe file as well as others that were published for this example. This example shows the iPad, but the published apps will appear on the iPhone and Android devices as well.

 

 publishedapps.jpg