Nexus Personal Desktop allows you to use smart card and soft tokens for authentication/signing from standard applications like browsers, email clients and winlogon but also from third party applications using standardized APIs such as Microsoft Cryptographic Application Programming Interface (CAPI) on Windows and PKCS#11 on all different platforms. Also included is a minidriver module that implements a Microsoft smart card minidriver.
This article is valid from Nexus Personal Client 5.1
Browser TLS client certificate authentication
Browser signing and authentication using Personal Desktop plugout technology
Third party applications using Microsoft CryptoAPI and PKCS#11 interface
Plugout browser integration
Personal Desktop enables signing/authentication in web browsers without plugins using the plugout technology where Personal Desktop is triggered from the browser page. Hermod is the server API used to trigger the web browser signing and the server API is identical whether you will sign/authenticate using Personal Desktop or authenticate out-of-band using a mobile device.