Dear Linux community,
today we are releasing our February update, bringing file transfer and chat to the native Linux client.
Computers, Contacts, Chat
The Computers & Contacts window now shows online states. Your own online state is now reflected on the C&C button in the main TeamViewer window. Also, if enabled, you are now immediately signed in without first having to open the C&C window once. The context menu of each contact now also offers to open the chat or start a file transfer. Shared groups and service cases are now supported.
Filetransfer with Queue
Queued file transfer has been introduced to subscription customers during TV12 (Win, macOS) and is available to everybody in TV13. Now, the Linux client joins the club.
The queue allows you to start one transfer, then navigate somewhere else and start (enqueue) another. Of course, each transfer may contain multiple files and folders. Being slightly more verbose than on other platforms, each job in the queue lets you know about its (per file) progress, number of files, and the file names as an info-tip.
File transfer can be used to sync directory trees: Only files that are different will be transferred. Therefore it may happen that you see 7/15 files finished but the progress bar still says 'calculating'. That indicates that 7 identical files have been skipped, which you can also tell from the log.
The repository warnings that some users experienced have been fixed in January. Keyboard support when connecting to macOS has been improved.
We have also worked on palette / theme support. Please let us know if you still experience any empty looking menues or similar UI oddities.
The initial size of the remote control window is now set according to the remote screen size.
Known Issues & Future Development
Chat and file transfer still lack some advanced features like drag'n'drop transfer or adding contacts to existing group chats. Those will be added later.
Also, we have some known issues: The file transfer UI may react sluggish when transferring hundreds of small files. Emojis are inserted at the wrong place. Fixes are scheduled for the next release, as we didn't want to hold back this one any longer.
This release came quite a bit later than we hoped it would, due to sick leaves and other inconveniences. We decided to delay it so both Filetransfer and Chat could make it in.
The March release will be dedicated to stabilizing and polishing, primarily C&C and remote control.
All the best,
It is very hard to not come up with something sarcastic when thinking about working on issues about emojis positions while companies cannot use Teamviewer at all in Linux because the blank screen feature does not work.
@cowst, it's even harder to please everybody. If I don't mention known issues, somebody will comment how we could possibly overlook that. This release was focused on bringing the basic functionality of chat & file transfer, anticipated by the majority of our users.
As mentioned, the next is about polishing. It may very well add 'show black screen' to the toolbar (I assume that's what you're referring to?), as well as some other tools. It's good you mention it, because you are the first to specificially requesting it. Most of our users have other priorities.
All the best,
My system just updated to the latest release (13.0.9865), but starting teamviewer I got "Not ready. Please check your connection" message at the bottom of the main window.
I notice that the license is not valid anymore. Previous version was 13.0.6634. License was activated inserting the license code. If I try to insert my license code via Extras > Activate license, nothing happens (even restarting teamviever).
Is this expected behaviour? How can I reactivate my license?
@davide_c restarting TeamViewer should resolve the online part.
The license of your company has to be activated for your account. Your administrator does that by adding you to the company profile. More about that topic: How to activate your license
If you have further questions, please create a separate topic.
Thanks for listening
Yes, I meant show black screen (and I meant that I cannot make my Linux server screen black, not having the button available).
And to be honest even though I can believe you that there are other more popular requests, I do not understand how it is possible that nobody asked to have the 'show black screen' working (actually reading in forums it seems it has been acknowledged as no-ETA feature).
It cannot be acceptable in a company with desks side by side or back to back that when you work from elsewhere, anybody in the office can see (and even control) your unlocked desktop.
Anyway I take your answer with some hope to see it working eventually.
@cowst, listening is the easy part. As you're not talking about the button, well then it probably has been requested before. But I think you understand that we have to prioritize and currently have to focus on things that worked before.
I can tell you, it took us quite some time to get the black screen feature tamper-proof on Windows. There is no standard API for this. On Linux, I assume it's worse. No API plus a dozen of different drivers to support. And "works on most implementations most of the time" is simply not good enough for a privacy feature.
No final word on this, but it might be more reasonable to add support for virtual sessions (e.g. incoming connection starts an Xvfb session). It's probably simpler, solves the privacy issue and has other use cases, too.
I understand, I am a developer...
And in this case I am a customer, and I am not going to tell you how to provide the feature we would like to have, as long as it is possible to connect to the remote machine without any activity visible from the remote screen.
Of course picking up the existing session would be ideal, but I'd get whatever comes
I haven't been able to use 13 at all. Nothing opens and I've been getting a message in gui.log: /opt/teamviewer/tv_bin/TeamViewer: error while loading shared libraries: libQt5WebKitWidgets.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
The latest update hasn't fixed it.
sad, that you forced us to use 13preview on Linux because 13 Windows was released. The 12 Client worked well.
Maybe a temporary solution would be to release a 12 Teamviewer which can cannect to 13...
But even worse: My system just updated to the latest release (13.0.9865) and it seemed to work, but after a reboot, starting teamviewer I got "Not ready. Please check your connection" message at the bottom of the main window.
I like the new release, feels and looks more mature than the previous one. However I still have one somewhat annoying issue: I have TeamViewer running on an Ubuntu 16.04 machine and mainly connect to Windows Server 2016 machines. Everything works quite nice, but hitting Alt+Tab always takes me back to my Ubuntu machine instead of cycling through the windows on Windows Server. Am I missing some setting or anything else?
Link to management console doesnt work, log shows error.
Also, was able to login to my account and see my contacts/machines, cannot add Linux Mint to my list of available PCs. Option is missing from the Computers & Contacts context menu, however right clicking on the tray icon displays "Add to Computers & Contacts..." which does nothing....?
1. Need to add remote computer to Computer and Contacts using Teamviewer Managment Console.
2. Right Click on Remote Computer From Computer and Contancts panel and then choose File Transfer menu.