AnyDesk 4.0 brings session recording, file transfer mode and more

AnyDesk

AnyDesk is a fast remote desktop system and enables users to access their data, images, videos and applications from anywhere and at any time, and also to share it with others. AnyDesk is the first remote desktop software that doesn't require you to think about what you can do. CAD, video editing or simply working comfortably with an office suite for hours are just a few examples. AnyDesk is designed for modern multi-core CPUs. Most of AnyDesk's image processing is done con­currently. This way, AnyDesk can utilize up to 90% of modern CPUs. AnyDesk works across multiple platforms and operating systems: Windows, Linux, Free BSD, Mac OS, iOS and Android.

Conventional screen sharing and remote desk­top applications are based on outdated com­pression techniques (X11, RDP, VNC) or on codecs that were designed for photos (JPEG) or video mate­rial (H.264). AnyDesk closes this gap by intro­ducing DeskRT, a video codec specifically designed for graphi­cal user inter­faces. Exploi­ting the special proper­ties of GUI image data (e.g. large areas of the same colour, high con­trasts, sharp edges, repeating patterns in the time and spatial domain, or the linear trans­lation of image con­tents), DeskRT is able to bring about very high image quality and low res­ponse times for the user.

AnyDesk transmits 60 frames per second over local networks and many internet connections. This is much more than any competing remote desktop application and makes on-screen movement as smooth as possible, as most PC displays also operate at 60 frames per second. AnyDesk makes jerk-free working possible.

AnyDesk uses TLS 1.2 based encryption, which is also used in online banking. Both ends of a connection are cryptographically verified. This makes it impossible for a stranger to fake your AnyDesk-ID and pretend to be you. So, if you always check the connecting person's AnyDesk-ID, you're on the safe side. Furthermore, you can review the current encryption mode, verification status and client fingerprint by hovering the mouse cursor over the lock icon in the status bar. All connections use AES-128 bit encryption in GCM mode by default. Licensed versions of AnyDesk provide even stronger encryption.

Just two megabytes - downloaded in a glimpse, sent via email, or fired up from your USB drive, AnyDesk will turn any desktop into your desktop in se­conds. No administrative privileges or installation needed.

What's new in AnyDesk 4.0:

Pick your custom alias - Aliases are easier to remember than long numbers. That’s why AnyDesk 4.0 lets you pick your own alias (like demo-01@ad). Just select the “Choose Your Alias” option after installation or from the context menu on your AnyDesk ID at any later point in time.

File browser mode - Browse, transfer, rename and delete files with ease on all your remote devices. AnyDesk’s new file browser mode allows you to do all of these things and more. Of course you can still copy and paste files during a remote session.

Session recording - Whether you are IT professional or end user, record all your AnyDesk sessions for documentation, training purposes or proof-of-work.

Address book on macOS - Organize, share and access all your customer addresses on macOS in no time. The address book synchronizes them across all your devices.

Full unattended access for macOS - Connect to the login screen and switch between user sessions. Install AnyDesk 4.0 to get full unattended access on macOS devices.

Automated updates - Updating manually is tedious and annoying - especially if it needs to be done on many PCs. Automatic updates will do the job for you.

Custom client download links - AnyDesk Professional lets you create a customized client file that carries your brand and adapts to your business process. Generate a download link for your website which always provides the latest AnyDesk client including all your customizations.

Terminal server support - Connect into Windows Terminal Server sessions. Use demo-01@ad/johndoe to connect into johndoe’s open user session on the demo-01@ad terminal server with AnyDesk 4.0 installed.

Automated session locking - Leaving a PC in the office unlocked can lead to funny emails about free beer. But it can also have more severe consequences. With the new auto locking feature, you can be sure nobody is messing with your PC when you close your AnyDesk session.

Fixed Bugs

  • Directly after startup the main window did not show it was active.
  • The min/max/close buttons of top-level windows show the correct hover state now.
  • Fixed permissions in scam warn mode when authenticated with password.
  • Fixed a bug in command line parsing when AnyDesk was started from a command prompt.
  • Fixed a bug which made it impossible to connect to an IP/Hostname using the command line.
  • Fixed a crash in the service when there were too many sessions or network cards. The number of AnyDesk sessions is only limited by system memory now.
  • Fixed a crash on session start when using D3D.
  • Added a workaround in case Windows Update broke AnyDesk audio settings.
  • Fixed a crash on HDD monitor failure. Instead the HDD monitor will be disabled only.
  • If AnyDesk was not installed, it might not get a connection due to a race condition.
  • On remote restart it was possible to doubly reconnect resulting in session termination.
  • In some cases the screensaver was permanently disabled by AnyDesk.

Other Changes

  • Modernized the design of AnyDesk.
  • Updated localizations
  • The link in the about panel that opened the folders containing trace and config files before, now creates and opens a folder on the desktop containing copies of the trace files. This makes it easier for the user to send the correct files to our customer support, especially in case multiple variants of AnyDesk are used in parallel.
  • The AnyDesk ID in the main window is now selectable.
  • Sending a SAS (Ctrl+Alt+Del) is now disallowed in case input is disallowed.
  • Adjusting remote resolution is now disallowed in case input is disallowed.

Fixed bugs in AnyDesk 4.0.1:

  • SAS for Windows 8 and upwards was broken due to an extension handling Terminal Server.
  • On Terminal Server switching to advanced view may have resulted in a crash.

Download: AnyDesk 4.0.1 | 1.9 MB (Free for private use, paid upgrade available)
Links: AnyDesk Home Page | Other platforms | Release History | Screenshot

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