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VMware Horizon View Client for Mac OS X Release Notes

Horizon View Client for Mac OS X 2.3 | 23 January 2014

Last Updated: 16 January 2013

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

VMware Horizon View Client for Mac OS X makes it easy to access your Windows virtual desktop from your Mac with the best possible user experience on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).

  • Support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), Mac OS X Lion (10.7), Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), and Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) - Use an Intel-based Mac to work on your Windows-based Horizon View virtual desktop.
  • Unmatched performance - The adaptive capabilities of the PCoIP display protocol are optimized to deliver the best user experience, even over low-bandwidth and high-latency connections. Your desktop is fast and responsive regardless of where you are.
  • Simple connectivity - Horizon View Client for Mac OS X is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon View for simple setup and connectivity. Quickly reconnect to your desktop by selecting from up to eight Horizon View server shortcuts in Horizon View Client.
  • Secure from any location - At your desk or away from the office, your data is delivered securely to you wherever you are. Enhanced certificate checking is performed on the client. Horizon View Client for Mac OS X also supports optional RADIUS and RSA SecurID authentication. (RADIUS support was added with VMware Horizon View 5.1 and Horizon View Client for Mac OS X 1.5 or later.)

Horizon View Client Feature Support Matrix

Horizon View Client Feature Supported in Horizon View Client for Mac OS X
RSA SecurID X
Single sign-on X
PCoIP display protocol X
RDP display protocol X
USB access X
Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV) X
Wyse Multimedia Redirection
Windows 7 Multimedia Redirection
Virtual printing X
Location-based printing X
Smart cards
Multiple monitors X
Local mode

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What's New in This Release

This release of VMware Horizon View Client for Mac OS X includes the following new feature:

  • Real-Time Audio-Video support - Real-Time Audio-Video works with standard webcam, USB audio, and analog audio devices, and with standard conferencing applications like Skype, WebEx, and Google Hangouts. Real-Time Audio-Video is supported on Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) and later. It is disabled on all earlier Mac OS X operating systems. See the documentation for complete software and hardware requirements.
  • Desktop search - Users can now search for a particular desktop by typing in the Desktop Selector window.
  • Reordering shortcuts - Users can now reorder View server shortcuts on the Home screen and desktop shortcuts in the Desktop Selector window by dragging and dropping.

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Internationalization

The user interface and documentation for Horizon View Client are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean.

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Before You Begin

  • Horizon View Client requires a Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), Mac OS X Lion (10.7), Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), or Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) operating system running on an Intel-based Mac.
  • Horizon View Client is supported with the latest maintenance release of VMware View 4.6.x and later releases.
  • If you have an older version of this client software, before you download the installer for this new version of Horizon View Client for Mac OS X, take the following steps:
    1. Remove the older version. Drag the VMware View Client application from the Applications folder to the Trash and empty the trash. This step ensures that, after you install the new version, the application icon in the launch pad will be updated to show VMware Horizon View Client.
    2. Remove the VMware View Client shortcut from the Dock.
  • To install, download the disk image file from the VMware Horizon View Client download page.
  • For system requirements and installation instructions, see Using VMware Horizon View Client for Mac OS X.

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Resolved Issues

The following issue was fixed in this release of Horizon View Client for Mac OS X.

  • If you launched a virtual machine in Fusion 6.0 and then connected to a desktop in Horizon View Client for Mac OS X, USB redirection did not work. This problem has been resolved in Fusion 6.0.1 and Horizon View Client for Mac OS X 2.2 and later.
  • If you launched Horizon View Client, started the printing service, connected to a remote desktop, and then launched and quit Fusion, print output was garbled when you tried to use a redirected printer from the remote desktop. This problem has been resolved in Fusion 6.0.2.

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Known Issues

  • For some printers, using the virtual printing feature to print to a network printer fails.
    Workaround: In the remote desktop, change the paper source setting from "Tray 1" to "Automatically Select."
  • If you use the PCoIP display protocol, connecting some password-protected storage devices (such as IronKey USB flash drives) might not work correctly. For example, after you redirect the device to the remote desktop, the password prompt does not appear. The remote desktop shows that a new drive was added and so displays a new drive letter but no corresponding label to identify the device.
    Workaround: Configure Horizon View Client to automatically connect the device when you insert it. From the Horizon View Client menu bar, select Desktop > USB > Autoconnect USB Devices on Insert.
  • Because Horizon View Client is available in Korean, whereas View Connection Server 4.6.x is not, if you use Horizon View Client on a Korean system, you will find that messages that originate from the client are available in Korean, but messages that originate from View Connection Server 4.6.x appear in English.
  • Because the key combination Command+Tab on an Apple keyboard is used for switching applications on Mac OS X, using this key combination has no effect in a remote desktop. For remote desktops that run Windows 7, this means that there is no equivalent of the key combination Windows+Tab for using Windows Flip 3D.
    Workaround: You can use the key combination Command+Control+Tab for Windows Flip 3D, but you must also press Enter choose the application you want to switch to.
  • If you use the virtual printing feature and change any printer settings or printing preferences, such as, for example, DPI or double-sided printing, the printer settings do not persist after you disconnect from or log off of a remote desktop.
  • If Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac version 2.1.1 is installed on the Mac client system and you use the RDP display protocol to connect to a desktop on a Windows Server 2008 R2 RDSH server for which RDS licensing is specified, the following error message occurs: You were disconnected from the Windows-based computer because of problems during the licensing protocol. This is a third-party issue. There is currently no workaround for this problem.
  • Changes to webcam and audio devices that are connected to, or disconnected from, the Mac client system during a remote desktop session are not detected by the Real-Time Audio-Video feature.
    Workaround: Disconnect and reconnect to your remote desktop session to detect webcam and audio device changes. For example, if you connect a USB headset to the Mac client system during a remote desktop session and you want to use that headset on the remote desktop, you must disconnect and reconnect to the remote desktop session to make the headset available.

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