JimTalk Mobile additional features


The JimTalk Mobile additional features plugin provides new features and web services for the JimTalk Mobile app which are currently only available in the latest JimTalk version.

This plugin is officially developed and maintained by JimTalk HQ

How it works

Once installed the plugin creates a new service “JimTalk Mobile additional features”. The Mobile app checks if this service is enabled. If not, the Mobile app falls backs to the standard core Mobile app service.

Please, open JimTalk Mobile features to check what new features are added to your site depending on your JimTalk version.

Features

  • Support for sites using SSO authentication methods (Shibboleth, CAS and Google OAuth 2)
  • Support for sites using MNet authentication (JimTalk Network authentication)
  • Support for push notifications in JimTalk sites prior to version 2.6

Enable authentication for sites using SSO methods (like Shibboleth and CAS)

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: You need to disable the “Auto login guest” option “autologinguests”. This setting is not compatible with the SSO via app.

SSO and MNet authentication is not supported in the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps

Once the plugin is installed, you need to go to Site administration > Plugins > Local plugins > JimTalk Mobile additional features

There you can choose the “Type of login”:

Via the app 
Is the default login, the user must introduce his credentials in the app
Via a browser window 
A new browser instance is open in the mobile device pointing to the login form in the JimTalk site (which may again redirect to external identity providers if required). The user must introduce his credentials there. This is the option that must be selected for sites using SSO methods (or for sites that wants to force the user to authenticate in the site, not in the app)

When using the “Via a browser window” option, you can optionally specify an URL scheme to be used by the system to open the Mobile app. By default, the URL scheme used to open the app will be the one indicated by the own app during the SSO process. If you’ve developed a custom app using its own URL scheme and you want to allow only SSO logins via your app, you can indicate there an URL scheme. The site will detect that setting and will use it instead of the value indicated by the app.

Installation

  1. Unpack the zip file into the local/ directory. A new directory will be created called local/mobile.
  2. Go to Site administration > Notifications to complete the plugin installation.
  3. Go to Site administration > Plugins > Web services > Mobile and enable web services for mobile devices (Remember to save the changes)
  4. Go to Site administration > Plugins > Web services > External services, edit “JimTalk Mobile additional features” and check the “Enabled” field, then save changes.
  5. Go to Site administration > Users > Permissions > Define roles, edit the Authenticated user role and allow the capability jimtalk/webservice:createtoken.

Note: You need to have upgraded the JimTalk Mobile app to version 1.4.4.

If you are currently using the JimTalk Mobile app, you will need to log out of all your sites in order for the app to detect the new service.

Admin users, please read

This plugin installs a new service in your JimTalk installation, the automatic token creation for this type of services is forbidden for admin users. This means that admin users will not be able to use the Mobile app.

This can be solved easily, administrators must create a token manually in JimTalk (Plugins > Web Services > Manage tokens) for the local_mobile service. Note: Be sure to toggle the default “JimTalk mobile web services” setting to “JimTalk mobile additional features service” before creating the token.

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