February 12th, 2012 § 5 Comments
Finally submitted kiPas 1.1.0 to AppWorld!
While this release won’t bring too many new features to the end user, it is a significant release for several reasons:
First of all, the cryptographic functions have been entirely recoded, all of the hashing and decryption is now made in native code, this was the big change I wanted to complete before adding any new features. What does it bring? far better performances, specially when it comes to handling huge databases or big numbers for Key Encoding Rounds. With the previous pure AS3 implementation, a DB over 3MB with Key Encoding Rounds above 50000 could easily take a few minutes to decrypt and open, now with the Native implementation, this takes just a second, which feels a lot better, right? Performance was a major issue to me, and I encountered several difficulties while trying to solve this, after a visit at BBDevCon Europe last week, I finally got the answers I missed to finish this, and I can now go back to improving kiPas.
This release will also be the last one to support PlayBook OS1, with the imminent release of PlayBook OS2, I will now be focusing on redesigning the UI for a better look and feel, and added functionality (hint: search is next on the list), what I have seen of the new upcoming messaging app UI at BBDevCon convinced me it could be way better, and I plan to do it with BB10 phones forward compatibility in mind.
Finally, it brings in a few fixes and improvements:
- It is now possible to open the DataBase directly by pressing the keyboard Return key after filling the password.
- The Notes field was displaying extra line breaks, this has been fixed.
- The bug where two entries would display instead of just one when switching between apps has been fixed.
October 22nd, 2011 § 3 Comments
There is not a lot of improvement in this second Beta release, it is now possible to add groups, and DB creation is on its way, though the functionality is broken now, this update is mainly for users who add older version of DB that were not accepted by KiPass due to a bug in the version check procedure.
Development was frozen for a week since my Dell Inspiron Laptop cpu fan died, and the computer would overheat and stop brutally after 5 minutes of usage. I have now finished to move my dev environment to a new computer and work resumed.
Please tell us what you think of the Beta in the comments, and don’t hesitate to report any bug.
October 11th, 2011 § 1 Comment
Here we go, progress on kiPas is now going slower because I started a new full time job, and while the final version is still not ready for a release on App World, I thought I’d give out a Beta version for users who are eager to test functionnality, and hopefully give a bit of feedback about what they’d expect to be fixed for the final release.
As the release process on RIM’s AppWorld is a bit too complicated for a Beta, I decided to leverage Adobe AIR’s portability to give you a Beta release that’s basically exactly the same as what you would get on the PlayBook, except that this one will run on your desktop computer, Windows or Mac (not sure about linux, let me know).
This beta version is read-only, which means all DB creation, editing and saving features are disabled. Also Twofish encoded KeePass DB are not supported yet. So far, only KeePass 1.2 series databases are supported, KeePass v2 will come later.
To install the Beta on your desktop, just click on the Adobe AIR install badge below, this will also download and install Adobe AIR for you in case you don’t have it yet on your computer.
The Beta was updated, new version here: kiPas Beta updated
Hope you enjoy the app, and don’t be afraid to drop a comment
September 14th, 2011 § 3 Comments
Lately I’ve been working extensively at porting an app I was badly missing on the PlayBook: KeePass.
For those not familiar with it, KeePass is a password management tool that allows to generate random passwords, and keep them safe and organized in a securely encrypted database, so you’ll never have to worry about remembering your passwords again.
I named the app kiPas, as it is not affiliated with the original application, the beta version is coming allong nicely and I expect a first release by the end of September.
I already have full decrypting of DB done, supporting password and/or key file authentication, and I can finally copy-paste usernames and passwords on the PlayBook, I’ll add editing password entries, and polish the user interface (right now this is a bit ugly) and it will be good for a beta release.