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Announcing version 2.0.2.0 of AxCrypt for Mac

After 1375 downloads and a slow increase of support e-mails and ideas, it was definitely time to address some outstanding issues and pour some love onto the application. Version 2.0.2.0 of AxCrypt for Mac is all about integration with the underlying system. To quote from the version history:

    • .axx files should now be automatically registered with the system and get the shield icon as start AxCrypt from your Applications folder. However, the integration is more than skin-deep: It’s now possible to double-click on .axx files on your system to have them automatically opened with AxCrypt! Just as with the QuickView/Edit command, you can edit your document and have it re-encrypted as you quit out of your associated editor.
  • Thank you to for using AxCrypt for Mac! I’m in hopes that the updates in this version will make your workflow easier!
  • Download here. (Requires a Mono Runtime)
  • Getting “The operation couldn’t be completed. (OSStatus error -67053.)”? See this comment.

Learning things the hard way: ZIP your contributions, and the value of feedback

Last month, we were proud to announce AxCrypt for Mac, enabling the world for the first time to open – and create – .axx files on their Macs. However, it seems like some (all?) of you who have tried to actually use the program, have run into issues! Luckily for us, one user gave it more than a glance, and sent us feedback of his experiences, opening our eyes to the fact that something was wrong.

When our user, David, tried to run the app on his Mac, he got an error, saying “You can’t open the application “AxCrypt” because the Classic environment is no longer supported.”

As it turned out, the Mac stores information outside an .app-file itself, so by publishing the .app-file to a website (enabling others to download it), we actually stripped it of some of its information, effectively rendering it useless. With feedback, and the power of internet, however, we were able to rectify this by wrapping the .app-file into a ZIP container and re-publish it.

Thank you, David, for your feedback, and thank you, Rob Keniger at stackoverflow for identifying what was actually wrong.

The link in the article has now been updated.

Introducing AxCrypt for Mac!

AxCrypt is a leading open source file encryption software for Windows, having more than 2.6m registered users worldwide. Using file-level encryption, AxCrypt is an ideal choice for attaching encrypted documents to your e-mails or for storing files onto your USB drives, for example.

As the Mac OSX is gaining in popularity, it’s getting increasingly more likely that AxCrypt’s users would like to be able to access their encrypted files from the MacBook or iMac too, which is what today’s good news is all about!

Using Mono & MonoMac, we have – in cooperation with Axantum – built an AxCrypt application that runs on your Mac! Being built from the same source as the upcoming 2.x version for Windows, it’s 100% compatible with your existing files, which means that you can start using it today.

The application was developed and tested on Mac OS X Mountain Lion and requires the Mono Runtime to execute. We are looking into bundling the necessary runtime into the app, but unfortunately, at the moment, the current toolset is giving us headaches.

As its older sibling, AxCrypt for Mac is open source.

Download app [Updated May 21st, 2013 to v2.0.2.0 - (read more about the latest version)]

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