The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) has a long history of security and functionality updates, which often leave older applets in a broken state. This causes enterprises to either avoid the updates and miss out on the benefits or use virtualization or complex logon scripts to attempt to enable legacy and current versions of Java to run together on a single PC. Neither option is very attractive.
One of the great features of Browsium Ion is the ability to load legacy versions of Java side-by-side with current versions on a single PC. This optimizes both compatibility and security while also providing a seamless end user experience. We’ve talked about this capability in the past and it’s a core element of the Browsium Ion demo. But a few important recent changes necessitate an update to our technical guidance on how to override the most current Java version with Ion.
Oracle recently released Java 1.7 (aka Java 7) and is now shipping JavaFX in the online JRE installer as well as Java 1.7 auto-updates. The addition of JavaFX changes the location of jp2iexp.dll which is needed to override Java 7 with an older version in an Ion configuration file. This change has been documented in our updated Java KB article. Additionally, a brief table and description of Java’s update and file placement process has also been added to assist in the process of installing older versions of Java alongside the most current.
Give the KB article a read if you’re deploying Ion for Java overrides in your enterprise environment. If you’re demoing Java overrides using our Aggrid.com site, check out the updated Ion demo script which now uses Java 7 as the current version and also includes many improvements in demo flow and associated speaking points.
Since the release of Ion in January of this year, we’ve remained committed to improving Ion’s compatibility with the web applications that our customers are running. Browsium Ion 2.0 Update 3, our third maintenance release, is now available. Update 3 is a full release of both the Ion Configuration Manager and Ion Client Add-on. Installation is seamless and quick, with no need to uninstall the previous version before installing Update 3. In addition, existing Ion project files will continue to work as is.
Ion 2.0 Update 3 (build number: 2.0.4544.22515) includes a variety of performance and reliability improvements, along with many new capabilities, including:
A complete list of improvements, with more information about installing and using Ion 2.0 Update 3, is available in the release notes.
If you’ve already purchased Ion, you can get Update 3 by re-downloading Ion from the original download link you received via email. You can also download the new software directly to use with your existing license key.
If you’re new to Ion and would like to learn more about the process we use for remediation, please check out our JumpStart Program web page.
The Browsium Ion 2.0 Update 3 release notes provide specific details on what’s new and known issues for this version.
Browsium will be attending the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada in July and would love to meet with current and potential partners. If you’re a reseller, integrator, or othewise interested in partnering with Browsium, drop us a line to schedule a meeting in Toronto.
We will be at the event, but won’t have a booth, so you’ll need to arrange a meeting with us ahead of time. Meeting availability begins mid-day Sunday, July 8 and runs through Tuesday afternoon July 10.
Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your slot.