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Android, Releases

Cryptnos for Android 1.3.0 Released

November 12th, 2011 | Comment?

I may be sick today, but that’s not stopping me from finally releasing version 1.3.0 of Cryptnos for Android. OK, so it’s been a work in progress and most of the work has been done for a while, but I did get the last little finishing touches done today. If you installed Cryptnos via the Android Market, you should be getting the notification to upgrade shortly. If you installed the application manually, you can find all the download links on the Cryptnos for Android project page.

Here’s a brief run-down of the changes:

  • Probably the first change you’ll noticed is our new icon-based main menu. One of the biggest complaints we’ve had about Cryptnos is that the UI isn’t “pretty”. Version 1.3.0 improves things just a bit by adding a simplified main menu, as well as tweaking a few layouts and images to make things look a little better. It still won’t be winning any design awards, but at least it now looks like we put forth some sort of effort.
  • Following on the heals of our 1.3.0 release of Cryptnos for Windows, we’ve added the other half of the new QR code import/export feature. If you have one of a number of recognized third-party QR code scanning apps installed, you can now transfer codes from device to device using specially formatted QR codes. The currently supported QR code scanners are ZXing Barcode Scanner, QR Droid, and QR Droid Private.
  • Also mimicking Cryptnos for Windows, we’ve added the ability to selectively import sites from an export file. Gone are the days where it was all or nothing; now you can select any number of sites from a file, so it’s much easier (and less destructive) to import only certain sties from a file. You will also be warned if a selected site from the file will overwrite an existing site in the database, so there won’t be any nasty surprises.
  • Issue #7 requested a new feature to show master and import/export passwords in plain text rather than obscuring them. This can convenient if you happen to have a very long, complicated master password and you’re using Android’s notoriously unhelpful on-screen keyboard. It can also be a big security risk, so this feature defaults to off, mimicking the behavior of previous versions. You can find the option to enable and disable this setting in the Settings activity.
  • Finally, there were a number of little annoying bugs that have been needling me for a while which have been finally fixed. None of these were show-stoppers that greatly impacted usability, but I’m glad to see them finally fixed.

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