Enhanced Browser (Updated)

Prior to version 3.7, the Enhanced Browser in SynaMan was implemented as a Java Applet, which relied on the browser's support for a Java Plugin. Following problems exist with Java Applets.

  • They are notorious when comes to browser's security and as a result, many companies do not allow their employees to run Applets.
  • Newer browsers like Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome have decided not to support them anymore. Additionally, Firefox will disable it by end of 2016.
  • Oracle has decided to stop supporting applets in their next release

What changed

Staring from version 3.7, the Enhanced Browser is implemented using Java Web Start, which is the recommended technology by Oracle. It provides the following benefits.
  • Supported by Oracle.
  • No dependency on browsers. This means it works with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
  • You can run it outside a browser as a regular application. This is done by downloading the *.jnlp file and running it a later time.
  • The application is digitally signed by Synametrics Technologies, Inc. Newer operating system will prevent users from running applications that are not digitally signed.

Forcing SynaMan to use Applet

Although version 3.7 will use this newer technology by default, there is a way to rollback to Java Applet using the following steps:

  • Stop SynaMan
  • Locate $INSTALL_DIR\config\server.properties file. Create a new file if it is missing.
  • Open it in any editor, such as Notepad on Windows.
  • Add the following line:
  • Save the file
  • Restart SynaMan


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