Monthly Archives: January 2013

A sleeve of interesting articles

I’ve shamelessly added a sleeve of links from the most-recent Xamarin newsletter to the interesting articles menu on the site, but since I know many of you use RSS readers to consume this content, I thought I’d point them out in a post as well:

Enjoy!

AxCrypt for iOS, v1.1, is now available on the App Store! #monotouch #tretton37

Thanks to our friends at Apple, the 1.1 version of AxCrypt for iOS is now available, two weeks ahead of schedule!

The new version, empowers the 1.0 release by adding functionality to distribute the files you decrypt to other apps on your device. What does this mean? It essentially means, that you can e-mail documents you’ve received and decrypted, save photos to your camera roll, upload files to your cloud provider of choice and more!

On an iPhone 4s, for example, having a multitude of other apps installed, I can open a decrypted image in both Evernote and Skitch, attach it to a tweet or post it on Facebook:

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With version 1.1 out the door, we’ve taken one step closer to offer a complete personal cryptography solution on your device.

Stay posted for updates!

Here, are the latest screen shots, taken from an iPhone 4s:

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The Mac is now a first-class .NET platform! #mono #monomac

Yesterday, Xamarin published a new one-hour seminar, outlining the why and how of their fairly recent Xamarin.Mac product.

Xamarin.Mac enables .NET developers to re-use much of their existing skill-set to produce Mac App Store-ready applications in C#, thus complementing their previous offerings in the iOS and Android space.

The goal of the the new product, is to give C# developers all of the functionality in Apple’s Objective-C libraries plus access to the complete .NET framework, resulting in an impressive API surface!

What’s in the box?

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If you have previous experience with MonoTouch, you will find that a lot of the classes above are those you have previously worked with, which enables an impressive amount of code-reuse!

How does it work?

Similar in spirit to what Microsoft has done with Windows RT, Xamarin we have created language bindings for (or “projected”, in a sense) the Apple Objective-C APIs to C#. As such, they have built a system where they can continually translate iOS APIs to .NET, enabling access to both Apple-provided APIs as well as third-party libraries.

Xamarin.Mac builds independent applications that have no dependencies on Mono being installed on the target platform. Just like their previous offerings, they intelligently strip out unnecessary code, creating a minimal package that only contains the classes are used. This is a big deal and a practice that is brought in from their iOS and Android platforms.

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Celebrating nearly 600 downloads of AxCrypt for iOS!

Since our initial release in November, nearly 600 customer have downloaded and installed our app on their iOS devices! We have also started to receive feature requests, prompting this post.

What’s next?

We are currently working on better integration with iOS for files that you have decrypted, enabling you to save pictures to your camera roll and opening documents in another app installed on your device. Estimating to publish during the week starting with January 14th, you will hopefully be able to download the update during early February.

Looking further on our roadmap (stick around!), we are looking into making it possible to use AxCrypt on your device to encrypt existing documents.

Thank you for using AxCrypt for iOS!

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