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Wednesday
Sep182013

STRIP + iOS 7

Update: We've become aware of a minor issue with iOS 7 that may cause difficulty loggin in if you use the application "abc / 123" keyboard switch. Please read this follow-up post for information on this issue and simple fixes.

Here at Zetetic we're always on alert when a new iOS version is released, and iOS 7 is upon us. We've seen our password manager STRIP through four previous major upgrades to iOS (from iPhoneOS 2 to iOS 6) and we've learned a few things over that time. If you are preparing to upgrade to iOS 7 and are wondering if STRIP is ready and what you need to do, this post is for you.

Ready to Rock

We've been testing STRIP 2.0.3 (the current version in the iTunes App Store) on iOS 7 for some time now, and we're pleased to report that the app works just fine as it is. It looks and works just the same as before. We've worked hard to see if there are any bugs lurking, and there very well may be some, but so far so good, STRIP is ready. The next major version of STRIP (2.1.0) has also been extensively tested on iOS 7 and we hope to submit that for release soon, as it contains significant improvements for protecting your data along with various minor features and adjustments. Stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.

Take a Backup Before You Upgrade

Major upgrades to iOS involve backing up your data, installing the new version of iOS, and then restoring your data. If the restore does not complete, you could be left with missing data (music, apps, etc) after the upgrade. Usually repeating the restore part of the process takes care of that, but we advise that you to take your own backup of your device's and STRIP's data before beginning the iOS upgrade process.

If you use STRIP's sync functionality to replicate your data to Dropbox, Google Drive, or a desktop over WiFi, you already have another snapshot of your data you can use to restore STRIP in the event that the iOS upgrade wipes out your data. If you haven't synced STRIP to one of these targets, or it's been a while, do a fresh sync before starting the iOS upgrade so the data in your backup is up-to-date.

You can also backup your entire device to iTunes or iCloud for restore after the iOS upgrade. We strongly encourage you to do this as well. Apple provides updated, step-by-step instructions on backing up and restoring via iTunes and iCloud.

One thing we'd like to point out is that a Restore post-upgrade is part of the iOS upgrade process. Your music, data, and third-party apps are restored (somewhat slowly) after the upgrade and after the device becomes available. If you are upgrading via iTunes, be sure to watch the iTunes display and do not disconnect your device from your computer until the restore completes fully.

Send Us Your Feedback

After you upgrade to iOS 7, please give STRIP a shot and let us know how it goes. If you have any problems at all, please reach out to us directly at support@zetetic.net, we'll be standing by. Feel free to leave comments on this post, let us know how the app is running on iOS 7 and if you have any ideas for improvements.

Wednesday
Aug212013

Tempo Maintenance, Thursday August 22nd at 10 PM EDT

This Thursday night, August 22nd at 10pm EDT, Tempo and other web systems will be temporarily unavailable while we perform critical patch updates to ensure the stability of our services.

This maintenance outage will also affect the Tempo API, the the Connect website, and the site for Codebook.

Down time could last up to 1 hour, however we hope it will be completed much more quickly. If you need to get in touch with us for any reason, please don’t hesitate.

Wednesday
Jul242013

STRIP for OS X 2.0.2 Released

STRIP for OS X version 2.0.2 is now available in the Mac App Store, providing numerous bug fixes and adjustments. We recommend all customers install this update. Among the changes in this release:

  • Fixes disabled editor due to untitled labels 
  • Fixes persistence of changes to fields and sort order
  • Fixes crash on login when last-accessed entry is no longer available 
  • Fixes display of WiFi sync service status in Preferences after launch 
  • Fixes add field control on first launch creating untitled label 
  • Fixes crash on export due to untitled labels

Customers who're using the version of STRIP for OS X purchased from the Zetetic store will also see the update shortly. Select the STRIP menu and choose "Check for Updates" if automatic update checking is disabled under Preferences.

Wednesday
Jul172013

Tempo Maintenance, Thursday July 18th at 10 PM EDT

This Thursday night, July 18th at 10pm EDT, Tempo and other web systems will be temporarily unavailable while we perform critical patch updates to ensure the stability of our services.

This maintenance outage will also affect the Tempo API, the the Connect website, and the site for Codebook.

Down time could last up to 1 hour, however we hope it will be completed much more quickly. If you need to get in touch with us for any reason, please don’t hesitate.

Monday
Jul012013

SafeWallet Alternative: Migrating from SafeWallet to STRIP

UPDATE Oct 10, 2013: We've made great progress, and we're opening the download links up below, the latest build of Convert to STRIP for Windows should be processing the SafeWallet XML files correctly now. Please give it a shot and let us know! -WG

UPDATE Oct 8, 2013: The latest versions of SafeWallet (3.0.x) are NOT compatible with our converter. We're working hard with a number of our customers and lots of sample data to resolve this as soon as we can, but it's turned out to be quite a bit more complex than anticipated. We will get it! But be advised that if you are planning to purchase STRIP and to use the converter specifically for SafeWallet data, it does not work right now. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions, and thanks for your patience! -W.Gray

One of the more popular password managers out there is SafeWallet. A few new customers have been checking out STRIP as an alternative after reading about our password manager and have asked us about how they might import their SafeWallet data directly into STRIP. On Friday we posted an updated version of our Convert to STRIP utility to add this new option for both Windows and OS X. Read on to see how it works.

Get STRIP Now » 

Strip Conversion Tool for Windows »

Strip Conversion Tool for Mac OS X »

Export your SafeWallet data

Launch SafeWallet, login to your wallet, and then select File -> Export, and a simple export wizard will appear allowing you to save a .XML file of your data anywhere on your computer.

Convert SafeWallet data

  • Download the STRIP Data converter onto your desktop and Unzip it. Double click the icon to run it.
  • Click "Source File" button and choose SafeWallet XML export file.
  • Click the Save As button and save strip.csv on the desktop.
  • Make sure the "SafeWallet XML" radio button is selected for Source Format.
  • Click "Run Conversion" to migrate the file to the Strip export format.

Verify your data

There is now a 'strip.csv' file on your Desktop. You can open it in a spreadsheet editor to check its contents (e.g. OpenOffice.org, Numbers, Excel), or open it in a simple text editor. It's a good idea to check the data over for accuracy before importing it into STRIP.

Note: if you decide to edit your CSV data before import, be sure to save the file as CSV data when done. Additionally, if your data contains international characters (e.g. ü, é, etc) do not attempt to edit the file in Excel, your best bet to preserve these characters correctly is to use the free Calc spreadsheet editor from OpenOffice.org.

Import into STRIP

Log into STRIP on your PC or Mac and choose the strip.csv file on your Desktop.

Once the import is complete you'll see all of your SafeWallet data right in STRIP! Once you've checked that everything looks okay in STRIP you should delete the two plaintext import/export files (remember to empty your trash, or even better, securely delete them).

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