We are excited to announce the latest version of the Connect Browser Plug-In, version 3.6.1. This version includes an update to the major Connect 3.6 version released in June, which featured a new native Chrome plug-in built using Chrome’s PPAPI (“pepper”) APIs. The Connect 3.6.1 release includes support for a new enhanced drag-and-drop capability that supports Chrome browsers, in addition to Firefox, Safari and IE browsers, as well as a few other API details that complete the Connect 3.6 generation.
The Connect 3.6 release brings several advantages over previous versions, including:
- Connect 3.6 no longer relies on the NPAPI in Chrome and thus works with the default configuration of Chrome. NPAPI is disabled in current Chrome versions by default and must be re-enabled explicitly. Also, Google has announced that it remove support for NPAPI entirely very soon.
- Connect 3.6.1 adds a new drag-and-drop API to asperaweb-4.js that supports file and folder drop events in Chrome, Firefox and Safari, and file drop events in IE 10,11. For IE 8,9 Connect 3.6.1 still supports the legacy asperaweb-2.js drag-and-drop APIs.
In order for your users to be prompted to upgrade to Connect 3.6.1, you must update the Connect minimum version configuration setting of your application.
Note regarding drag-and-drop: Among the Aspera web applications, only Faspex supports drag-and-drop. To enable your Faspex server to support drag-and-drop in Chrome, you will need to install a provided patch for the latest general release: Faspex 3.9.2. You can find a link to download the patch, as well as more detail on the patch, in the Knowledge Base article on the Aspera Support site.
Once you apply this patch, your Faspex users will be able to use the drag-and-drop control in Chrome browsers in addition to the other major browsers. Please note that IE10 and IE11 browsers will only support drag-and-drop of files, due to limitations in the current IE APIs.
Aspera Support is ready and available to help you with this patch if you would like their assistance. Please send a request or any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.