7Pass 3.4 released

Good news! 7Pass is now published to all markets.

What’s new

SkyDrive support with full synchronization capability. The limitation of file extension still apply. 7Pass will help you rename the extension so you don’t have to.

  • New DropBox authentication method, so that you don’t have to provide your credentials to 7Pass. The new authentication mode allows you to authenticate against DropBox itself, instead of 7Pass.
  • Localization to several languages.

What’s next

7Pass has changed significantly from the view-only 7Pass 1.0. It’s amazing to look back at 7Pass 1.0 and see how far 7Pass has gone. With SkyDrive support, the synchronization sources for 7Pass can now satisfy most users. It’s now the time for me to focus more on the user interface and performance of 7Pass.

7Pass’ user interface is definitely not too friendly. I admire the UI of Skype, Bird Song and Facebook (even though I doesn’t use it myself) apps. I’ve also heard about the amazing UI of 4th & Major, but didn’t have chance to try it out. I have lots of idea in mind, but didn’t have the chance to really try out.

As a heavy 7Pass user myself, I found 7Pass still too slow, even in case I’ve saved my password and pinned the database to my home screen for quick access. I wanted it to be blazingly fast, able to give me my password as fast as possible. Database modification is very nice, but I rarely use it, and the usage statistic confirms it.

Database modification usage count is less than 1% of the times a database is opened. Entry viewing and Search are obviously the most used features. However, to view an entry, I currently have to:

  • Open the database using the pinned tile on home screen.
  • Tap on Search button.
  • Type some characters (mostly 3).
  • Tap the first entry if found, or tap the enter key to hide the keyboard and tap the results.

So, as you’d have guessed, the next version of 7Pass will be 4.0. It should have a better UI, faster performance, and technically, has unit tests. I can’t promise that every goal I set will be met, but I’ll try my best.

While 7Pass 4.0 is in development, I plan to have another release of 7Pass to integrate to more refined translations of 7Pass. Thank you guys, it is amazing how supportive you all are on the translation of 7Pass.

By the way, I’d also want to say sorry to those who expected my reply but did not received. My full day work is quite busy. If I have not replied you, please kick my ass by sending a reminder so that I’ll remember to reply you

You all are amazing. 7Pass would not be possible without your support.

7Pass 3.4 marketplaces

  • Australia
  • China
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • United States
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Call for translations contribution

Dear 7Pass users,

7Pass is now ready for translation at Transifex, the excellent translation service.

In order to contribute translation for 7Pass:

  1. Sign up for a free account at Transifex. Please note that you won’t have to pay anything for this, it’s absolutely free.
  2. Access 7Pass project page on Transifex and contribute. I’ve set the permission so that anyone can contribute.

I’ve current set the languages to English an German only. If you’d want to contribute for another language, please contact me using the Feedback form. Please note that only languages listed in below link are supported in Windows Phone (OS 7.1 column):

Culture and Language Support for Windows Phone

Please also remember to make use of the buttons:

  • Auto translate button to have the text automatically translated by Bing so that you’ll only need to do minor edits.
  • Copy source button in case the translation is exactly the same.

Latest translation contribution progress:

Top translations: 7Pass » strings

7Pass 3.4 Beta sent

Hi Beta testers,

7Pass 3.4 Beta installation link has been sent to all subscribers of the Beta Program.

This beta features SkyDrive support with full synchronization capability.

This version, and probably next 7Pass release, will have some small issue:

  • Case: you made changes to your local database and synchronize it. Your database on SkyDrive doesn’t have not changed since last synchronization,
  • What will happen: your local database will be uploaded to your SkyDrive.
  • Restriction: SkyDrive limits file type of the uploaded file to certain support extensions only, which naturally doesn’t include kdbx.
  • Work-around: your database will first be uploaded with the extension of .doc, then renamed to the correct .kdbx extension.
  • Issue: You may sometime see a file with .doc extension (ex: Passwords.kdbx.doc) in case the synchronization fail. You can certainly delete it or it will be deleted next time your database is synchronized.

You can also download the Beta .xap file from:

https://github.com/downloads/7Pass/7Pass/7Pass_3.4_Beta.xap

Update 24th December:

I was able to confirm that databases from SkyDrive cannot support .kdbx extension. SkyDrive not only not allow uploading of kdbx files, but all also disallow renaming of files to kdbx, which is the workaround I used. They even didn’t politely says that it’s restricted, just a simple rename success message with…. the old name. So, the “workaround” is to use .doc as the extension for your database, meaning you’ll have to use something like Passwords.doc instead of Passwords.kdbx. I know this is a huge blow to SkyDrive support, but it’s beyond my control.

Happy holiday and Merry Christmas to you all. Let’s hope that it’ll be better next year.

7Pass 3.3 released

7Pass 3.3 is now available on MarketPlace globally, with these changes:

  • Fixed WebDAV bug.
  • Fixed global pass not displayed on app switch.
  • Added field editing and asterisks support.
  • Fixed protected field textbox display in light theme.

This is the same version as 7Pass 3.3 Beta 2. Thanks again to beta testers for trying out our beta. The beta version will soon be retired.

Plan for next 7Pass version:

  • SkyDrive support. I know, it supposed to be in this release, but my progress was not as expected, and partially because the Live Connect SDK that SkyDrive support depends on is not allowed to be used for production yet.
  • German localization, which is also supposed to be in 3.3. I’ll try my best to have this in next version.
  • Attachment view (text file and image). I’m not sure if I can support PDF and MS Office files. PDF will definately has an issue with security due to the Adobe PDF ready on WP7 will save the document in its cache, which can be seen again by launching Adobe PDF Viewer directly.

Update:

I can confirm that the 7Pass Trial/Paid version is being wrongly named 7Pass Free. I’m sorry about this mistake. Even though the name is incorrect, it will work just right. Unfortunately, an fix for this naming issue will take sometime as the AppHub is pretty slow to process submissions at the moment (understandable: it’s holiday time in the US).

Some statistics

7Pass has been using collecting usage data for sometime. However, only since 7Pass 3.2 that the data is really refined and became more meaningful.

Statistics from the month of October (certainly only from those chose to allow usage data collection):

  • 7Pass is being started approximately 200 times a day globally.
  • There’re 40 new installations of 7Pass everyday.
  • Only less than 12% of the time a database is opened that user choose to save the password. This is interesting as I choose to save password all the time.
  • DropBox dominates the database source with 46%, WebDAV at 20%, followed closely by Web with 15%. The rest (19% ) is Demo database.
  • 10% is the rate that user choose to use external browser instead of the built in browser.

7Pass 3.3 Beta 2 released

Hi Beta testers,

Sorry for screwing the first beta version. I’ll be honest that I have no clue which build I uploaded for the first beta. I learned a lesson from that, and now have proper build automation in place (I shouldn’t have thought 7Pass is too simple for build automation).

Anyway, changes included in this second beta:

  • Confirmed WebDAV bug is fixed.
  • Fixed global password challenge not displayed when user switching back to 7Pass.
  • Changes to database synchronization code to make it easier for SkyDrive support.
  • And certainly changes in the first beta.
If you’ve registered for the beta program, you should receive an email soon with link to install the beta 2 on your phone.
Please note:
  • If you register for the beta program now, while reading this post, you’re probably too late for the beta 2. However, you’ll be included in later betas.
  • You’ll have to use the email you’ve signed up for the beta as your Live ID in order to be able to see the beta 2 in MarketPlace.
Alternatively, you can also download the .xap file from GitHub.

7Pass 3.3 Beta released

Hi Beta testers,

If you’ve signed up for the beta program, you will receive an email from the MarketPlace within the next 3 hours, with descriptions on how to install 7Pass 3.3 beta on your phone.

Update

Link to download the beta: zune://navigate/?appid=952b8d43-8d6a-40e1-8df0-98429d059477.

In case you’ve not received any email from the MarketPlace but you’re sure that you’ve signed up for the beta, please try installing using that link. Your live ID has to be the email your signed up for the beta.

Please also note that I’m not accepting new beta testers for the 3.3 Beta. You can still sign up if you’ve not done so for the next beta.

Happy testing.