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New SecureCRT 6.5 and SecureFX 6.5 releases from VanDyke Software deliver redesigned user interfaces for greater productivity

VanDyke Software’s Secure Shell clients for remote access and file transfer introduce UI enhancements, Windows 7 compatibility, and support for Amazon EC2 keys

Albuquerque, N.M. (December 10, 2009) — VanDyke Software®, a developer of Secure Shell solutions that balance strong security with ease of use, today announced the official releases of SecureCRT® 6.5 and SecureFX® 6.5. Both releases focus on increasing productivity and usability with new UI improvements and streamlined processes.

"VanDyke Software’s applications are already known for their rock-solid reliability and feature rich options. In this release we focused on giving users an updated interface, as well as on improving core functionality," said Maureen Jett, VanDyke Software's Product Director. "We've also emphasized compatibility for Windows 7 customers, like support for program previews and pinned icons on the taskbar."

User interface updates in SecureFX 6.5 include a new tabbed main window with several layout options for keeping sessions organized. "I love the new interface," said Andy Shellam, a SecureFX beta tester. "It 'feels' so much better and much more natural in today's multi-tasking environment.” Other SecureFX updates include SCP support and a parent folder icon for smoother navigation.

The SecureCRT 6.5 interface is also improved with new tab status indicator options, a new button bar, and real-time keyword highlighting. Bill Braughton, a network engineer and SecureCRT user said, "I really like the visual upgrades. I always appreciate a good facelift on one of my all-time favorite apps." Drag-and-drop file transfers in this latest release also help customers save time. "[The ASCII drag-and-drop feature] is just beautiful," said Richard Sugg a SecureCRT user at Nortel Networks. "I have a lot of customer machines that I login to and run scripts… Being able to drag a text file to a session, whether to execute it directly or put in vi, is a real convenience."

Both SecureCRT 6.5 and SecureFX 6.5 provide new UI themes for a more contemporary look and feel, with native support for Amazon EC2 authentication.

SecureCRT is the tool of choice for busy IT professionals who need solid security, fine-tuned session management, and reliable remote access, combining a feature-filled terminal emulator with the security of the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol. SecureFX is a versatile file transfer application that supports SFTP, FTP over SSL, SCP, and standard FTP. VanDyke Software also offers the VShell® Secure Shell server, which replaces Telnet and FTP for secure network administration and end-user access on Windows and UNIX platforms. The VanDyke ClientPack combines a powerful set of command-line utilities for securely automating routine file transfer, shell, and public-key administration tasks on Windows, Linux, and UNIX.

Fully-functional evaluation copies of SecureCRT and SecureFX can be downloaded from the company's website: Evaluators have full access to VanDyke's expert technical support to assist with installation, configuration, and testing.


Busy IT professionals depend on VanDyke Software to deliver rock-solid, easy-to-configure software for data access, file transfer, terminal emulation, and remote administration. VanDyke Software offers a fully-supported 30-day evaluation of its products prior to purchase, providing both evaluators and customers with a higher level of service. For more information about VanDyke Software, visit the company's website at


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Customer Testimonials

  • "Thanks for the new feature and for the notification that it had been added — I don't really know of any other developer that notifies people who have given feedback like you guys do. That makes for very happy customers."

    —Burt Heymanson, SecureCRT Customer

  • "I would like to thank you for the amazing quality of service and SecureCRT support you give to us."

    —Anton Starovoytov, Solarix Networks, SecureCRT Customer

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    —Rich Tricoche, SecureCRT Customer

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