iPowerShell 2.0

Now that PowerShell has been upgraded to version 2.0, it is time for us to release an upgraded version of our well received iPhone app, iPowerShell. So what do we have in store for this version?

Obviously, the first thing that we want to support are all of the new PowerShell cmdlets. Not only cmdlets, but About Help and Provider references as well. As a matter of fact, we have split the views of this data into separate tabs to keep things organized. iPowerShell 2.0 sports a completely rewritten UI with separate tabs for cmdlets, aliases, providers and about help.

New interface

New interface

But wait, there’s more!

Tapping on an entry now displays help information in a clean HTML display. This allows us to use internal linking for the “Related Links” sections of help pages and allows for HTML style navigation back and forth through those links. So now when you select “Add-Member” you can select the related link “Get-Member” and also follow its related links and then backtrack your way to the original “Add-Member” entry. Pretty cool, huh?

Internal linking

Internal linking

And yet, there’s more!

What do you think about having third party snap-ins listed as well? With the release of iPowerShell 2.0, we will be adding help from various 3rd party snap-in developers. Since we need to “massage” the help data to make it look pretty on the iPhone, the addition of 3rd party help data will not be a user accessible feature at first. SAPIEN will contact various snap-in developers and get the help files from them, massage them, and then release an update to the iPhone app. Eventually, we hope to be able to make this ability available to our end users directly. Also, iPowerShell will include the ability to hide the data from any cmdlet help DLL to narrow your search criteria. So if you are only interested in searching VMWare cmdlets, you could turn off all Microsoft cmdlets from displaying.

Third party snap-ins

Third party snap-ins

One more thing…

iPowerShell 2.0 will still be free. But we have some interesting ideas for in-app purchases that will bring even more power to your iPhone. Future updates will include the option to purchase more sophisticated functionality to make your server management tasks easier. Look for the first release of iPowerShell 2.0 to hit the App Store in January, 2010.