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After a long, busy and hot summer, it's time for another big update packed with new features you've been waiting for! Without further ado, let's get started!

Fonts. Fonts. Fonts.

Cryptee Docs finally gets support for multiple fonts. You can now use 12 different fonts for your documents.

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Needless to say they are loaded from Cryptee's servers, and not from a third party font host.

And of course for all the multi-lingual, international users out there, if you use Cryptee to write documents with right-to-left languages, for example Hebrew, Arabic or Persian you can use Alef or Markazi for better Hebrew or Arabic & Persian support respectively. Or if for example you're using Vietnamese, Markazi supports Vietnamese as well.

Please reach out if Cryptee doesn't support your language, or doesn't have fonts that support your language, and we can work together to add the most common, popular and open licensed fonts for your language right away.

Cryptee Photos now supports GIFs!

Cryptee Photos now supports GIFs up to 32mb! You can now upload all your favorite GIFs to Cryptee Photos.

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You can now lock your documents!

One of our dearest and most amazing users pointed out that Cryptee needs a way to lock documents and prevent further edits. You can now do that. So if you're the type of user who likes to copy and paste blog posts you won't be editing later, you can easily lock/unlock editing for documents.

Docs Lock

Oh and all dropdowns in Docs are now darker.

Cryptee Photos now remembers your sort order for albums and photos

This was one of the most requested features from those of you heavy Photos users. Now Cryptee Photos will remember the sort order for your albums and photos within.

Photos Sort

Cryptee Photos gets a better bulk downloader

You can now easily select and download your photos in bulk with our sleek new downloader. You can even continue to browse your gallery while your downloads are running, and keep adding more files to your download queue.

In addition to making our downloader more efficient, we've also made our uploader more memory efficient. Your uploads to Cryptee Photos on Firefox are now 30% faster, and about 50% faster on all other browsers.

New sign up flow!

Chances are you're already a user if you're reading this, and this is something you don't have to worry about ever again. But this is where it all began; where you had to tick that annoying legal box. There is still that annoying legal box. Don't get too excited. But based on your feedback and stories, Cryptee now has a new sign up flow as of few weeks ago.

Sign Up

Already this new design is converting 25% more visitors to Cryptee users.

Other Improvements, Bugfixes & Closing Notes

The application is now 1mb smaller, PDF viewer in Docs is faster, and this update features more optimizations for the upcoming iOS 13 / iPad OS release.

In addition, this update also fixed a 9 month old Photos bug, which was slowing things down on certain devices. Thanks to passionate beta users out there, this bug is now a thing of the past.

Thank you for all your enthusiasm, help, understanding and kind support. We wouldn't be able to do this without you. If you're enjoying your experience on Cryptee, please consider supporting it by upgrading to a paid plan. It will help Cryptee immensely, and every little bit of your payments help make the internet that much more safer and private.

Two weeks ago, we've introduced two fantastic new plans and prices. 400 GB and 2000 GB, for as low as $€ 9 / mo and $€ 27 / mo, so that you can encrypt your photo library and store them safely on Cryptee Photos.

After we've announced our new plans and prices, signups have increased by 300%, and Cryptee's growing at a pace like never before.

So we thought it's best to bring some new features and updates to Cryptee Photos to help you deal with your large photo libraries.

Search just got a big update.

Search is now more functional and beautiful than ever. It can tolerate typos, highlight your search terms, show the photos and albums you're looking for in a beautiful grid.

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Over the summer we will keep improving Photos search and will add more search features like filtering. (for example filtering based on time like “All photos from 2019”)

Speed Improvements

While we're re-tooling search, we've also improved its speed. Photos search is now 3x faster, and returns results instantly. This required carefully tuning tons of things like servers and how encrypted files are delivered to your devices, to making tweaks to how decryption operations are timed and handled in parallel to animations to make your experience smoother.

Sorting is now easier & better.

You can now sort your photos and albums better by name or date using the new sort dropdown on the top right. Cryptee can now automatically guess when the album is from based on its thumbnail, and display the month and year on the album.

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If your albums have years in their names, for example like “Trip to Iceland – 2018”, Cryptee will automatically use 2018 for sorting, otherwise fall back to thumbnail's dates. (For example JAN '17 in the screenshot above.)

Bugfixes & Closing Notes

This update also comes with many bugfixes. From photos uploader to Cryptee Docs' mobile experience. In addition, this update brings a few small new security features to ensure Cryptee's runtime safety.

In the upcoming weeks we'll be adding more features to Cryptee Photos like right click actions, filtering, search filters, and more.

Thank you for all your enthusiasm, help, understanding and kind support. We wouldn't be able to do this without you. If you're enjoying your experience on Cryptee, please consider supporting us by switching to a paid plan. It will help us immensely, and every little bit helps us make the internet that much more safer and private.

A year ago this week, Cryptee launched with a big mission. To provide you a well designed, safe and private place to keep your digital belongings. And it's been a fantastic first year. Be it getting featured on the Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch, to getting mentioned by The Guardian, Deutschlandfunk and many other incredibly reputable press outlets. This was all possible thanks to your help, feedback, bug reports, feature requests, financial and moral support. Thank you so much!

To celebrate the first year, we've packed tons and tons of new stuff into this update. So much so that, one could call this a version 2.0! So much to talk about, so let's begin!

 

New Plans & Prices

Let's start with the biggest news. Things are now a lot cheaper, and you can store tons and tons of data. We're introducing 2 new storage plans to Cryptee.

400 GB and 2000 GB, for as low as $€ 9 / mo and $€ 27 / mo (tax included, and $ or € depending on your region) – You can upgrade to these fantastic, new, high-capacity storage plans from your home screen or account settings right away.

And of course we didn't get rid of our free plan and most affordable 10GB plan.

These changes were made possible by making massive updates on the datacenter-side, but also on the application side, to make sure the apps won't slow down once you upload terabytes of photos.

 

New Features & Bugfixes

Clear Formatting Button.

You can now clear the formatting of the selected text with one click.

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With the addition of this button, we had to move all the tools closer together to make sure they fit on all screen sizes. – namely, iPads. (More on this below)

A Quicker Way to Copy your Open Document

Last month, we've added a one-click way to make copies of your documents, and pretty much everyone who discovered this feature asked to have this button in the active document dropdown as well as the folders view. So you can now make copies of your actively open documents as well, and the copy will be placed in the same folder.

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Home Document Actions

In the past there wasn't a way to take actions on home documents, like export them, or view them larger. While adding the “Make a Copy” button, we thought it's time to add all these features for all the Home Documents as well. So now, you can export your home documents, see them larger in Viewing Mode, or Make a Copy of them from the active document dropdown, and the copy will be placed in the Inbox folder. (and this folder will be automatically created for you if it doesn't exist already)

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Dashboard Gets a Small Makeover

The dashboard needed a makeover to acommodate the future/upcoming Cryptee apps and services, but also we just wanted to get rid of those old and ugly icons, which have been lingering since the first day of the launch. Oh and in case if you haven't noticed before, you can track the amount of storage you're using on your dashboard. We also got rid of the silly cross-fade effects on the dashboard, which were sadly causing issues displaying on Firefox.

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Smaller & More Performant Apps!

After months of coding, thoughtful optimizations, and careful reductions, all of Cryptee's apps (web, mobile and desktop) are now more than 50% smaller in size. Which means downloading/loading speeds on new devices are 2x faster, apps are on average 10 – 15% more performant, and more importantly, this means a few more megabytes of extra space for your offline documents.

Cryptee is ready for iOS 13 & iPad OS

You've heard the news. Apple's going to release a new operating system for iPads called iPad OS, and they said it ships with a desktop-class browser. If you're as excited as we are, you might have rightfully wondered, so what does this mean for Cryptee?

First.

It means all the tools you're familiar with from Cryptee's Desktop / Web editor will be available on the iPad OS. Not just the trimmed down touch-screen stuff, but the whole kingdom. That's right, the full editor, with all the tools.

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Secondly.

With iPad OS you'll be able to split apps in one-thirds, two-thirds, and in half. So if you've ever dreamt of researching articles about Mars on the left, and writing an essay about it using Cryptee on the right, you can now do that.

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Do you need more space to read the article? You can simply make your browser bigger, and Cryptee will fit your screen, resize your content, and space your tools according to your screen split size.

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Or if you need more space for writing your article, that's okay too.

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iPad OS also brings support for USB flash drives & external hard-disks. So let's say you want to upload some photos to Cryptee from your hard-drive. Especially now that there are larger Cryptee storage plans available, you will likely want Cryptee Photos to resize and fit your workflow just like Cryptee Docs. Now you'll be able to do that.

All you have to do is open Apple Photos on the left, Cryptee Photos on the right, and simply drag your photos into Cryptee.

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And just like Cryptee Docs, if you need more room for your Photos on the iPad, you can simply make Cryptee smaller, and your Cryptee Photos will resize and fit your screen perfectly.

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Or if you need more room for your photos on Cryptee Photos, you can make Cryptee Photos bigger, and your other application smaller.

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As you can see, everything will resize, shrink, and fit your workflow just the way you expect.

 

Best part of all this is that, all these new Cryptee features are available for iPad OS, starting today! Yes. That's right. iPad OS itself isn't even out yet, and won't be until September. But, if you have the currently unreleased developer copy of the iPad OS (iOS 13) then you can start using these amazing new Cryptee features today.

Please keep in mind that iPad OS itself is still in beta, and Apple may break or change things until its release date in September, and could potentially affect or break the way these new Cryptee features work. If you have it, and you're using Cryptee on it, please reach out to us with all the bugs you see on Cryptee. We'll try and fix these bugs right away, ahead of the public iPad OS launch.

 

Bugfixes

First things first. Many million thanks for all of you out there, taking the extra bit of time reporting bugs on Cryptee. All this is possible thanks to your kind and generous help and support!

This update fixes several hundred bugs, animation glitches and performance issues. There's just too many of these to write here, but you'll definitely notice less issues. But especially if you're using KaTeX (or LaTeX math) we've fixed hundreds of bugs related to KaTeX, and you can now expect a much smoother formula-typing experience.

Given how big of an update this is, there's a high chance this update introduces a few new bugs with it too. So if you find a bug, or have a feature idea, reach out to us from our helpdesk. We'll get things fixed right away.

Speaking of bugs.

Last month we got sponsored by an amazing company called Sentry – They make the best and most amazing bug & error trackers, and best of it all is that it's entirely open-source. So naturally we've been using Sentry since day one to hunt down, track and eliminate bugs on our platform and have been loving it.

We're honored and humbled by their sponsorship & support, and can't thank them enough for helping us in our journey to make the internet a safer and more private place. Thank you fine folks @ Sentry. You are truly amazing.

 

Closing Notes

If you've read all the way down to this section, thank you for all your enthusiasm, help, and kind support. We wouldn't be able to do this without you.

As a reminder, you can subscribe to this blog using a few different channels like Email, Mastodon, Pleroma, or any ActivityPub-enabled service using @[email protected]! Email subscription box is at the bottom of the page.

For the summer, we'll be slowing down the frequency of our major feature updates, and will focus on improving the user experience, all while building out two new services and apps for you.

Needless to say, if you're enjoying your experience on Cryptee, please consider supporting us by switching to a paid plan. It will help us immensely, and every little bit helps us make the internet that much more safer and private.

A newly discovered security flaw in Intel processors allows hackers to steal any data that’s been recently accessed by the processor. On cloud servers, it is speculated that this could allow an attacker to steal information from other virtual machines running on the same cluster.

The attack utilizes CPU side channel issues known as Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS), described in CVE-2018-12126, CVE-2018-12127, CVE-2018-12130, and CVE-2019-11091.

It is not known whether the speculative attack, dubbed “ZombieLoad”, has ever been used by malicious hackers. The flaw was discovered and disclosed to Intel by researchers from Graz University of Technology, and Intel has issued patches for the vulnerability approximately 18 hours ago.

We're happy to announce that already the patches have been deployed on all of Cryptee's Cloud Infrastructure, and the speculative execution vulnerabilities have been mitigated.

We strongly recommend our users to follow updates from Apple, Google and Microsoft to patch their own personal computers using the following links :

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210107

https://support.google.com/faqs/answer/9330250

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4093836/summary-of-intel-microcode-updates

This month's update brings a few widely requested new features, performance improvements for Photos, lots of bug fixes, and some under-the-hood preparations for the upcoming month's big update.

Copy / Duplicate Docs

Copy Documents

You can now easily copy / duplicate your documents & file. A lot of the users have requested a way to easily copy / duplicate documents to create templates.

For example, you can now create a standard template for your weekly meeting notes, and quickly make a copy of it for the new week's meeting.

KaTeX Improvements & Warnings

KaTeX Errors

Many KaTeX / LaTeX users have requested a way to see if their formula has errors, typos or mistakes. Needless to say Cryptee cannot predict what your formulas are, however it can now warn you if you're missing brackets, parentheses, or made syntax errors.

A New, more performant Cryptee Photos

This update extends last month's iOS performance improvements, and brings an all new 60fps gesture-controlled photo viewer. Cryptee Photos can now preload, decrypt and show your photos in mere milliseconds, allowing you to swipe through your photos in 59-60fps.

In addition, if you have a massive gallery or even an album full of tens of thousands of photos, you can now scroll through your album in 60fps, and Cryptee Photos will preload, decrypt and show your thumbnails as quickly as you are able to scroll.

That being said, if you have more than 100,000 photos in the same album, you may want to categorize your photos better to find them easier.

Closing notes

That's all for this update! Other than hundreds of bug fixes of course.

Hopefully these new features will make you feel more at home while using Cryptee, increase your productivity, and bring happiness to your life overall!

Needless to say, if you like these new features & updates, please consider subscribing to the paid plan. It's cheaper than a cup of coffee, and together we can make the internet a safer and more private place.

All the very best from Northern Europe, John

This was a busy month for Cryptee's development. This update comes packed with fantastic new features, improvements, changes and performance boosts. So much so that, there was no way to fit all these changes into the tiny news box on the homepage anymore. A lot to cover, so let's not lose time, and start right away!

Cryptee for iOS just got a lot better & faster!

Ever since launching Cryptee back in June 2018, a lot of iOS users have been asking for improvements to Cryptee's iOS app. Things like faster switching-time between apps, better ways to multi-task, drag & drop from other apps and more. 

But most importantly, so many users have been asking for a “native app”, assuming that none of these features would be possible to achieve with a PWA. well... now these are all possible and still with a PWA!

First of all. The iOS app now runs at 60fps on capable devices, launches instantly, and continues where you left off when you're switching between other apps. Here's a quick video!

Multi-tasking on iOS!

If you're a fan of multi-tasking on your iPad, this update is for you!

You can now view your PDFs on Cryptee side-by-side with your document, and continue editing your document all at the same time. This used to be a desktop only feature, but now it's available on iOS as well. You can see this in action in the first video, but here's a screenshot:

Side-By-Side

Also, the iOS app can now work in multi-tasking mode. So you can drag and drop images or text into Cryptee from other apps without ever leaving Cryptee. Here's a video showing how this works:

Please note that these features require iOS 12.2. So if you haven't updated your iOS to the latest version, now is a good time.

Cryptee Docs Performance

Unlike most other secure / privacy services, everything, including file-names & folder-names are encrypted on Cryptee. This means that Cryptee's staff can't even see what your files / documents or folders are called. But this has a performance side-effect. Every time you load Cryptee Docs, first all your file-names & folder-names have to be downloaded and decrypted before Docs can start in the first place. This used to be a rather time-consuming process, delaying the amount of time it takes for you to launch Cryptee Docs and start writing your documents.

This update brings some improvements to the start-up process. Cryptee now builds and stores a small encrypted index & cache on your device the first time you launch Docs. So next time you launch Docs, this encrypted index & cache is used instead, and only the changes are downloaded & decrypted, allowing Cryptee Docs to start up under 2 seconds even on slower devices.

Presentation / Viewing Mode

One of Cryptee's amazing beta-testers mentioned that he occasionally needs to make a presentation from his Cryptee Documents, and having a viewing-only-mode which strips all the buttons would be immensely useful for this purpose. Now you can quickly toggle the Viewing Mode, and present your documents on big screen.

Editing Mode

Viewing Mode

The Blog.

Many of you have been asking for a convenient blog / newsletter to follow all the changes & software updates to Cryptee. This turned out to be more difficult than it seemed on the surface.

The ideal blog for a privacy service like Cryptee would have to hosted on a platform that respects readers' privacy. So no Medium, no Blogger etc. – and ideally a platform with a convenient subscription system which supports rss, emails (you can subscribe below) and even Mastodon, Pleroma, or any ActivityPub-enabled service using our handle : @[email protected].

Turns out, write.as, another privacy-friendly company now has all these features! So everything on this page, including the videos, gifs, and even fonts are hosted by Cryptee, and the blog infrastructure is hosted by write.as, leaving no room for others to track you so that you can privately read & subscribe to Cryptee's product updates. So no youtube trackers or nasty cookie banners.

And, that's all for this update! [other than hundreds of bug fixes of course]

Hopefully these new features will make you feel more at home while using Cryptee, increase your productivity, and bring happiness to your life overall!

Needless to say, if you like these new features & updates, please consider subscribing to the paid plan. It's cheaper than a cup of coffee, and together we can make the internet a safer and more private place.

All the very best from Northern Europe, John

You can now read news and updates about Cryptee here on our blog!

Best part is that you can subscribe to this blog using RSS or EMAIL using the subscribe box below as well.

This blog is hosted on write.as, another privacy-friendly, open source service that shares the same motto we do when it comes to good minimal design, and protecting your privacy.

If you'd like, you can also follow this blog on Mastodon, Pleroma, or any ActivityPub-enabled service using @[email protected]. Here is a video tutorial for Mastadon.

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