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Android, Releases, Windows

Cryptnos 1.1 for Windows and Android Released

May 18th, 2010 | Comment?

I’m extremely happy to announce that Cryptnos 1.1 is now available for download, both for Windows and Android. Android users should be getting update notifications from the Android Market any time now. Windows users, of course, will be forced update manually… for now, at least. More on that in a bit.

I won’t rehash too many of the new bells and whistles, as that information has already been published to each platform’s respective page. However, there are a couple of big new items I’m rather happy about that I’d like to point out.

The big new feature is cross-platform exports. If you’ve been watching this site at all, you’ve probably seen my ramblings on how hard it is to get encryption to work on very different application frameworks. Well, we once again have the Legion of the Bouncy Castle to thank for making things a whole lot easier. Exports from Cryptnos for Windows 1.1 can now be imported into Cryptnos for Android 1.1 and vice versa. This means you can build your password parameters on one platform and copy them to another, keeping all your password data in sync. Note that you’ll need the new versions of both platforms in order for this new feature to work. Future versions on other platforms (Java, I’m thinking of you) should have this feature from the start. The old platform-specific export formats are still supported in a read-only mode, so your old backups should still be valid. However, the new export format is not backward compatible and going forward we will only export to the new format.

While Android users are notified of updates through the Android Market, Windows users have no such luck… until now. Cryptnos for Windows 1.1 now includes an update check that downloads a small XML file from this site about once a week. The check occurs in the background and will not interrupt your work flow. If no update can be found (or if an error occurs), the update check silently closes and you’ll never even know it was there. If an update is found, Cryptnos will ask if you’d like to download and install it. Not a good time? Just say no and Cryptnos will ask again in a week. Since Cryptnos is a security application, we feel that having the latest version is critical to the security of your password data. This will help fill a gap that we think is glaringly missing from the current Windows architecture.

There are a bunch of other little minor fixes and additions to both platforms; see each page for the full list. As always, if you have any problems or suggestions, feel free to e-mail us and let us know.

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