Hi to PocketPC members

My blog have received frequent visits from this thread from PocketPC. Unfortunately, I cannot speak German so I could not sign up for the forums. Chrome was able to machine translate the page though, so I hope that someone will notice this post and have their questions answered here.

How do I update my database? Removing it and add again through DropBox is such a pain.

You don’t have to type in your database again every time. Whenever your database has changed, no matter it was downloaded from DropBox or your Web server, you can tap and hold on the database, just like how you delete it, and click on update. 7Pass will display a progress bar of the updating progress, and display a download icon when the database is updated. Of course, if the update failed, 7Pass will notify you that the update was not successful, and your database was not updated. When the update fails, the current database is not affected so you can still use your database as normal and update at later time.

How 7Pass update my database?

DropBox

When you download your database from DropBox, 7Pass stores the following information about your database:

  • Your authentication: token and secret key, just as DropBox team suggest. You’ll see 7Pass in My Apps tab of your DropBox’s Account Settings. If you revoke this access, databases already added to 7Pass cannot be updated anymore.
    7Pass will use this token and secret key to authenticate with DropBox. This is not your email and password, so changing your email/password doesn’t affect 7Pass’ authentication.
  • The path of your database: 7Pass will use this path to download your database for an updated version. If you’ve moved your database, you’ll have to add it again so that 7Pass will know the new location to download/update your database.

Web server

When you add a new database from your web server, 7Pass stores the following information:

  • URL of the database: 7Pass will use this URL to download/update the database. If the url has changed, you’ll have to add the database again so that 7Pass will know where to download/update the database.
  • Authentication information: 7Pass will use these information (user, password & domain) to authenticate against your web server. If any of this information has changed, you’ll have to add your database again.

For key file, the download is one time only, since you don’t often update your key file. Updates to the database will not update your keyfile. If you’ve changed your keyfile, please download it again. You don’t have to clear the keyfile before downloading the new keyfile.

So the idea of 7Pass databases handling is that you add the database once, and then the updating will be very simple: tap & hold, then tap on update. That’s all you need to do.

Is there any difference between trial and paid version of 7Pass?

There are some difference between trial and paid version for 7Pass:

  • Trial notification: if you’re using trial version of 7Pass, 7Pass will display a trial notification to let you know that you’re using the trial version. Every time 7Pass is activated/launched, it will display the notification after 3 seconds, for 10 seconds and then disappear. This notification doesn’t prevent you from using 7Pass, nor does it requires any action from you. You can use 7Pass trial forever (just like I do, yes, I use trial version too, to make sure that 7Pass doesn’t piss off trial users, and also to monitor MarketPlace updates). If you tap on the notificationm you’ll be taken to the purchase page, where you can pay $.99 for the app to let me know that 7Pass doesn’t suck.
  • Demo database source: in trial version, Demo database is displayed as one of the 3 database sources: DropBox, Web Server and Demo Database. For paid version, since the user doesn’t need to evaluate 7Pass anymore, the Demo Database is moved to the application menu bar, which can be shown by tapping on the “…” at the bottom right corner of the page.

The functional of 7Pass is exactly the same between paid and trial version, even bugs. If a trial version has a bug, the paid version have too. Basically, you pay for the app because it doesn’t suck. If it suck, let me know as comments to this blog is not censored or require approval to be displayed. If you’d want to give 7Pass one star rating, let me know first an your issue will be solved much faster than rating it low, as I cannot response to ratings on MartketPlace.

I’d also thankĀ zehlein for introducing 7Pass to others. I hope that 7Pass was useful to him enough that he’ll share it with others.

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