BitClamp is a very easy to use, elegantly designed application, that simply allows you to encrypt and decrypt files.
What is Encryption?
Encryption is one of those things that you probably don’t know that you need until it is too late. It is also one of those things that you don’t really want to know about as it tends to allude to secret or sinister file content, and at the very least it appears on the surface to be a maize of algorithms, options and processes.
BitClamp on the other hand is an application that you should buy before it is too late as it takes all of the above problems, risks and concerns away from you in one easy to use application.
What is BitClamp?
For the end user it is a simple to use, secure, fast, drag and drop application with all the look and feel of an application designed in Cocoa. However just as files move between different platforms, so do users and so the application was developed in high performance C++, with a REAL basic UI, so that it will not only work on your Mac, but in the future also on your Mac running Windows, and of course your Windows PC.
For the techies:
By sticking to industry standard encryption BitClamp is remarkably strong and secure, and offers you a choice of algorithms (Blowfish – 64Bit, AES – 128 Bit, Serpent – 128Bit). The overall theme of ‘simplicity and ease of use’ is enhanced by the use of Sparkle to automatically upgrade to new versions
And for the Spy in you:
You have the ability to conduct Covert operations on your files. By giving them totally unrelated names your encrypted data can masquerade as any file type and name that you like, so for example familypics.jpg could in fact be that killer business plan that you don’t want anyone to know about. BitClamp is smart – it will see beneath this masquerade and still recognise that it should decrypt the file when it is dropped into the application.
First off it is very easy to install and set up, with the only real choices being the level of encryption, where you want the files saved, notifications etc.
As the interface shows it is remarkably simple and elegant, and it wont take you long to figure out that all you need to do is to drag the file(s) you want encrypting into the box. You can use the settings or the + to add and alter stuff, but to be honest you really wont need to use them that much, if at all.
It does pay to buy the application as although it works just fine under the trial period there is a file size restriction.
Drag the file you want to encrypt into the box …………….
Enter the password you want to use ……………
Sit back and watch it encrypt, it doesn’t take long at all so don’t think you can go and grab a cup of tea!
And to decrypt you just ……….. do it all in reverse:
Don’t worry if you get this message, I have a bad habit of giving files really long names at times!
What else cam I tell you?
- There is a free decryptor available on the site so that you can send a receive encrypted files without having BitClamp
- BitClamp will initially be available from the 1st November in a special pre launch promotion with TheMacPak and after that will be avilable direct from the site.
Other than that all I can really say is that is is a great application and it is well worth taking a look at.
The final word goes to Daniel. or Danny as you will know him from his regular comments on this site:
A word with the developer
Q. Crimson Sky Software is a strange name. I guess there is a story behind it?
Well, I was playing in a band at the time I decided to take my development further, the band’s name was called Crimson Sky.
As far as the band was concerned, we were sat round deciding a name, gave up and were playing around. I have a deep red guitar so I looked up and just said “Crimson sky”, so that was the name and I loved so I used it for the company.
Q. We know about you from your Regular Readers feature where you first mentioned that software development was the career direction you felt would be the one that you would pursue. Anything happened to alter those plans?
Well, much has happened, little to alter those plans – in fact quite the opposite. In setting this up I have proved to myself that I can code in more of a “work” like environment and under similar pressures. In effect it has confirmed my thoughts that this was the career path for me.
Q. As this is your first application any lessons that you have picked up in terms of approach and process that you would take on board for the next application and that you would be happy to share?
Well Id be a terrible liar if I said this had gone perfectly.
My main problem is I thought I had reached “1.0” about a month into development. This of course wasn’t even 0.001. You have to realise that software development is a long term process, and even if you think something is ready theres probably a bug that someone will find. You have to learn to accept that.
I have a terrible habit of adding everything I think of, time restraints or not. As opposed to polishing what I had. Im never happy, which is great as these days applications update regularly, but I had to learn to stop myself and say “this is 1.0”.
Oh and of course, swallowing your pride and asking for help, there is a great developer community on the mac, and its a great tool. They are all there to help and don’t bite.
Q. Overall how have you found the experience of developing BitClamp?
A roller-coaster. It has been a blast, there are times where you get really excited (showing someone the product and getting a great reaction) and there are times where you get slightly down (getting the opposite reaction). Overall it has been thrilling and I have met some great people along the way
Q. Elevator pitch time. Three reasons why someone should buy BitClamp?
I could be cheesy here and say something like “its fast, its easy and its strong” but I’ll go slightly deeper.
- BitClamp offers more than just simple encryption.
- It uses open source, industry standard encryption algorithms.
- Its blazingly fast and easy to use, its an application that can be almost invisible if you want it to be.