Starting with Jump Desktop 7.0 for iOS / Android and Jump Desktop 6.0 for Mac, we've introduced a new way to access your computer. We're calling it: Fluid Remote Desktop.
Fluid is our next generation remote desktop protocol designed for very high performance screen sharing. Fluid can share your screen at 60fps while using only 1/10th of the bandwidth when compared to traditional protocols like RDP and VNC. With Fluid you'll be able to manage your servers, work on your documents, watch movies and edit photos and even play games remotely. It's a work in progress and we'll be adding features regularly and quickly. Currently Fluid supports the following features:
- High Performance Desktop Sharing using a fraction of bandwidth of RDP/VNC.
- Audio streaming.
- End-to-end encryption: All communication between devices is fully encrypted (only the devices involved in the connection can decrypt the data).
- Adaptive Quality Control: Fluid will monitor your network connection and automatically adjust quality depending on the bandwidth available.
- Clipboard Sharing: Copy/paste stuff from/to the local system.
- Multi-monitor support: Select individual monitors or just a single monitor. We recommend selecting a single monitor for better performance.
- Fast user switching: Login as one user and then switch to another account without disconnecting. Logging into a machine after restart (i.e. no users logged in) is also supported.
- Local user accounts for authentication: No need for additional passwords, Fluid will use the account on the local computer to authenticate.
How to get started
To get started with Fluid make sure you're running Jump Desktop Connect 5.0 on the machine you're connecting to.
- On the machine you want to connect to, open up the Jump Desktop Connect app.
- Click the Settings icon on the top right hand corner.
- In the Advanced section enabled Fluid Remote Desktop.
- Make sure Jump Desktop Connect is Ready for Remote Access.
- Make sure you're running Jump Desktop 6.0+ for Mac or Jump Desktop 7.0+ for iOS/Android. When you open up Jump Desktop on your Mac or iOS/Android device, you should now see a new, light blue icon for your computer with "Fluid" in the name. Tap it to connect.
- You'll be prompted for Windows Credentials or Mac Credentials when you connect. Use any valid Windows or Mac account on the machine to connect. Accounts with blank passwords are not accepted - so make sure the user account you're logging in with has a password set.
Q: Why can't I automatically set the remote resolution to match my local monitor / device like RDP?
A: At the moment Fluid works by matching the remote machine's resolution. You can manually switch the remote computer's resolution by going into the remote computer's Display properties. In the near future, we'll add support for automatically switching the remote resolution however, there is a fundamental difference between how RDP and Fluid work: Fluid is more like VNC: it is limited to the resolutions your remote computer and monitor supports (RDP doesn't have this limitation). For example if your local computer is running at 2560x1536, but your remote computer can't support more than 1920x1080 then you won't be able to switch to 2560x1536. That said - we're working on this. In our private tests we've connected to Windows 10 machines at full Retina resolution (2880x1800) by adding a custom resolution to the graphics adapter and guess what - it looks beautiful and performs quite well! More on this as we make further progress.
As always - any feedback is highly appreciated. Send feedback directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
This looks great ... would love to try it out. However I'm still on Jump Desktop 5.0.2 for mac as that's the one in the Apple Store. How do we go about getting onto version 6 please?
@Chris, we already submitted JD 6.0 to Apple on Sept 5th. Apple is still reviewing the update. We'll release is as soon as Apple is done.
I think I have all the right versions to have this work. However, when connecting from Mac to Windows 8.1, the fluid icon shows, but it shows a blank screen. I know this is beta ... so hopefully the feedback is helpful.
@Gollapudi Thanks for reporting this. Can you please send us the Jump Desktop Connect logs? Open up Jump Desktop Connect and then click the settings icon on the top right. Then click Diagnostics -> Diagnostic Logs. Then attach the "JumpConnectDiagLogs.zip" to an email to email@example.com with what you just told us. We'll take a look.
I am playing with this and so far so good. The only issue I'm seeing that will probably keep me from using fluid all the time is that when connected to the remote PC, the monitor on the remote PC shows everything I'm doing. This is not very secure for business use. RDP keeps the screen basically locked on when connected remotely.
Is there any way to run the desktop app as a service? It'd be nice to have it launch automatically in the background when I boot the machine so I don't have to log in with RDP, launch the app, and then log in with fluid. Thanks!
Is Fluid always going to need a console session to work?
@DanFreed: At the moment Fluid is screen sharing only - which means it'll show you exactly what the remote screen is showing. We're investigating ways to lock the remote screen. If you require screen locking, RDP is the way to go for the time being.
@MichaelSzebenyi Jump Desktop Connect runs as a service by default and you should be able to log in via Fluid and RDP after a fresh boot when no users are logged in. If Fluid isn't working after boot let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know which version of Windows you're using.
@SandyMcArthurJr Fluid can actually work inside non-console sessions - but we haven't enabled it. What kind of scenario are you interested in?
So why does JumpConnect need to access neuron.jumpdesktop.com? Not sure why a change in remote protocol requires accessing servers on the internet.
@Rick Fluid is tied into Jump's automatic setup where you connect to computers without manually entering IP addresses at the moment. You can't specify an IP address for Fluid connections at the moment - it has to go through Jump's automatic setup.
Previously Jump used Google servers for automatic setup, but starting from Jump Desktop 6.0 for iOS and Jump Desktop 7.0 for Mac, we've moved away from Google servers into our servers in the cloud. Thats what neuron.jumpdesktop.com is used for now.
TLDR: Fluid requires automatic setup and automatic setup uses our service in the cloud.
Hope this helps.
I can only use Fluid remote, i think it's awesome! while i tried so many remote desktop software, only jump desktop meets my need ! i already bought it from app store without any doubt!
please allow me to provide some feedback:
1. since my mac and PC in same local WLAN 1000M bps , the band width is not a problem, can the frame rate increse to 60 fps?
2. loofking forward the big screen resolution support, as you said , it's working in the test, maybe i can join the private test :)
Have tried fluid from my MAC to my office computers that are running w7 64bit and the connection was fantastic speed and response. The only problem I can't figure out how to see my other monitor. I only can see my one main screen.
Little bug ... can't work out how it's only me though ... can't get games to work in Full Screen I just get mess like -
Any thoughts and how can I help to squash this bug?
@Scott: To switch between monitors in the menu bar click Remote -> Displays.
@Chris: Fullscreen games sometimes don't work correctly (this happens with some games, not all). The solution is to run in Windowed mode at the moment (that will always fix the issue).
I need to confirm that is it necessary that JumpDesktopConnect be installed in the hosting system ? By the way, I've never seen such an awesome resolution and speed with technology advance Fluid on my IPAD before. Great job !
@Dave: To scroll use two fingers and slide vertically up or down to scroll the page underneath.
Also - we're going to add support for true Windows multi-touch support to Fluid soon so it'll work as executed (scrolling with a single finger etc)
I'm using Fluid from my android device(the latest version). I have 3 monitors, but I can only see the main screen. Is there any way to see all 3 screens?
My first impression is that this is fantastic -- the video works absolutely smoothly on a connection to a Windows 10 Home system. I can't wait for the audio. I don't know what your business model is, but you provide an extremely fine service - far better than any competitors I've tried, including Teamviewer and Splashtop.
After using it from my Mac and iOS and being a devoted fan, I installed Jump for a client to access their server from home - great on the smart phone, but on the windows machine it is a problem - using Fluid for the first time. he reports he can view but can't click on anything.
So I have tried it on another PC to a PC using fluid and I can click fine, but the screen is completely blank from the machine I'm remoting from (have to peer over the desk to see where I'm clicking on the host = not very good once you leave the room). so what's up? is it fluid? is it some known problem? something to do with having the TightVNC link going too?
Turned fluid on because for some reason RDP is not available. Works great. Would love to see network sharing in the future as well.
@Rob: We just released Jump Desktop PC Viewer 7.0.3 Beta that fixes the issue you're hitting. Can you please try downloading it from here: https://jumpdesktop.com/downloads/jdwin
@Matt: We're planning on expanding clipboard support in Fluid so that you can drag and drop files to/from the remote machine. Would this work for you?
Just an update. We're starting public beta testing of Jump Desktop Connect 5.0 which adds support for Fluid for Mac. Read the announcement here: https://support.jumpdesktop.com/entries/109741706-Jump-Desktop-Connect-5-0-Beta-with-support-for-Mac-Fluid
Wow, iOS to Windows is now blazing flast with Fluid...Thank You!
I don't have a password set for my windows 10 machine, I'm the only user, how can I connect via fluid to my machine from android ,Help?
Fluid currently will not allow you to login with user accounts that don't have a password set - this is a security measure. We're not going to change that, though we will add device-specific logins in the near future (i..e you'll be able to log in without a password once you pair a device with Fluid).
In the meantime, here are a couple of options to try out:
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