Sky Wallet desktop companion updated to v2.1

A couple of days ago I received three feature requests for the desktop companion:
- clear the cut/paste buffer when closing the desktop companion
- mask passwords in the view item page, showing them only after clicking an unlock button
- lock after some time of inactivity, like the phone app

Sky Wallet desktop companion 2.1 is now live, and it provides the first two features. The third one will be packed in a future update.

You can upgrade your copy using the link you received in the email with the activation code, or tapping the check for updates button in the about page of the desktop companion.

Please note: it seems some browsers don’t manage the download link correctly and they show an error, saying the item is not found.
If it happens to you, please check the URL in your browser: it should contain something like: “https://!106%5C?cid=…” or like “https://!106\?cid=…
To fix it, please replace %5C or \ with &, so the above string will become “https://!106&?cid=…”.
I’m sorry for the inconvenience… Version 2.1 of desktop companion provides a different URL for updates so you won’t have to care about the above issue the next time you’ll check for updates.

How to enable the ‘get desktop companion’ menu

Would you like to get Sky Wallet desktop companion but the ‘get desktop companion’ menu on the app is disabled? This post explains how it works and what to do to enable it.

First of all, you can get the desktop companion only from the full version of the app: on the trial version the menu is always disabled.

The desktop companion app needs to find an existing Sky Wallet data file on SkyDrive, so you have to connect the phone to SkyDrive and synchronize your data in order to let the desktop companion work. This is why you cannot get the desktop companion until you have connected the app to SkyDrive.

To connect Sky Wallet to SkyDrive go to the SkyDrive section of the Sky Wallet hub, tap the I agree button and sign in. Once you are signed in, choose the online folder you want to synchronize to and start a synchronization process to ensure your data file is copied to SkyDrive.
After that, the ‘get desktop companion’ menu is enabled and you can request the app!

About desktop companion update

The release of Sky Wallet 3.0 requires you to update to desktop companion 2.0 because of some changes. But there’s no revolution, just a couple of things that are different..

What didn’t change: your activation code.
You don’t need to request a new activation code in order to update to desktop companion 2.0. The activation code you received the first time you requested the desktop companion is still valid and you can use it for updates and to install the desktop companion on other PCs.
Also, the download URL where you can get the updated desktop companion is the same you received in the activation code email, so you can use it.

What changed: the wallet file extension.
Starting with Sky Wallet 3.0, the file on SkyDrive has .TXT extension. Only the extension changes, the file content is the same as before and is still encrypted and not accessible without your master password.
Since the file extension changed, you may get this error when synchronizing on the desktop companion:
"Sky Wallet could not find data on SkyDrive: please make sure you didn’t change your folder name and you didn’t remove Sky Wallet file on SkyDrive.
Also, please make sure you have upgraded Sky Wallet on your phone to version 3."
When choosing the SkyDrive folder on the desktop companion, you may also get this error :
"Sky Wallet could not find any file on SkyDrive.
Please make sure you are connecting to the right folder and you have synchronized your data from your phone."
To fix those errors, simply synchronize the phone app in order to make sure you have a new .txt file uploaded to SkyDrive. Then try again on the desktop companion.

Sky Wallet desktop companion v1.5 is live

I’ve just published an update to the desktop companion, reaching version 1.5.

What’s new? There are some minor updates and the ability to import data from CodeWallet text files.

I also added a new "check for updates" feature, that enables you to check if a new desktop companion version is available. You can find it in the About page.

The about page shows the current version number. Clicking the check for updates button you’ll be redirected to the download link of the desktop companion: check if the version number on the download page is newer than the current one!

As usual, feedback is welcome!

Sky Wallet desktop companion 1.3: data export

An update to Sky Wallet desktop companion has been released today. You’ll find it at the same web address where you downloaded the previous versions.

What’s new? Just one thing: data export to a clear text file, as announced yesterday.
Opening the settings window, you’ll find a new export data menu item.

ExportData

The actual export process is simple: the app just requests the name of the file to export data to, then it automatically exports all items.

Data is exported to a CSV file, so you’ll be able to open such file using Office Excel.
Please note that the exported CSV cannot be imported back to Sky Wallet desktop companion. If you want a restorable backup, simply copy the encrypted SkyWalletData.wlt file to a safe location.

Please remember to remove from your hard drive any CSV exported file when it’s no longer needed. That file contains your unencrypted sensitive information, which should be always protected.

Exporting data with desktop companion

During the last weeks I received many requests to add the ability to export wallet data to any kind of clear text file from the desktop companion.

As discussed in some comments on this site, I was concerned about that feature, because creating a text file from wallet data may put sensitive information at risk. If you export your data to an unencrypted file and you forget to delete it from your hard drive when it’s no longer needed, your sensitive information may be at risk.
That’s the reason why that feature has not been implemented in the first release of the app.

Anyway, many of you really need that feature, so I added it to the desktop companion.
The next update to the application will enable you to export data to a CSV file, and it will be available in one or two days. I’ll post an announcement here, stay tuned!

Desktop companion updated to version 1.2

Yesterday I published an update to Sky Wallet desktop companion: version 1.2.

It won’t appear different than the previous versions, but it provides some fixes under the skin.

You can get it at same download link of the previous versions. You don’t need to uninstall the application before installing the update. Simply download and run the setup program: the app will be automatically updated.