Protect your data with WinGPG, free encryption software

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 Stay protected with WinGPG, free open source encryption software created by Scand Ltd (based upon GnuPG).

An easy-to-use Windows tool for files encryption, secure messaging and overall data protection driven by open-source PGP program reveals its power.

Initially, the idea of protecting your personal data goes back to the beginning of the 1990s. As different types of coding came to life, some of the encryption software using those code lines started to loose its original nature: simplicity. Many free encryption tools began to reach out for complexity and sophistication. It happened just in time for us to occupy our present niche: reliable open source encryption software easy to use. That’s how half a year ago WinGPG developed by Scand Ltd. came into existence.

Our tool is a solid ‘shell’ for GPG though an open source one. It is a classic Windows tray application and has an original GPGv2 distribution (no modifications are done to the official code). WinGPG is facilitating productivity far-forth by registering shortcuts and extensions into your system using GPG (via GPGme library) with proper options.

What makes WinGPG different to its closest analogs? First of all, you should realize that all allied software operates on Kleopatra certificate management system. In case you have ever heard any feedback regarding Kleopatra you’ll feel the difference working with WinGPG. We managed to provide stress-free encryption environment when you don’t have to read manuals on encryption operations or spend hours and hours of watching how other people are using it on Youtube. Do you really want to do that? We doubt it.

We prioritized essential encryption functions combined in a pretty secure tool (openPGP windows) with a nice simple GUI.

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WinGPG can ensure secure delivery of files and messages, as well as provide verification of who created or sent the message using a process called digital signing at the click of a button. The soft we created could also be used to secure sensitive files when they’re stored in vulnerable places like mobile devices or in the cloud. Even if you are using such apps as Whatsapp, Skype, Viber, Snapchat, etc. WinGPG could provide secure messaging.

We made our Windows encryption tool simple and as user-friendly as it could be. It doesn’t occupy much space, doesn’t seek for automatic updates and tries to reconnect to unknown cloud servers. It’s a humble tool and does only what it is supposed to: encrypt, decrypt, put a signature, verify a signature. The original GPG encryption code has not been modified, so if one day you decide to take gpg.exe and try to make it work with our GUI, you’ll be delighted how quickly they hit it off with each other.

WinGPG allows you to either create your binary keys by choosing from numerous algorithms and defining various other parameters, such as name, email address, comments, and passphrases. Additionally, you can set expiry dates for your keys, so that they can be no longer used after a certain period, thus ensuring your sensitive information a higher level of data protection.

However, the communication requires participation by both the sender and recipient and you will be surprised how intuitive its interface is, a classic Windows’98 one. It has clipboard support, WinNT Explorer support, global accelerator and global shortcuts working from the active explorer window, clipboard and context menus.

WinGPG is free to download because we believe in free encryption software and online protection. Click on the button, get our manageable and reliable tool.

Have any questions, ideas or simply want to give us feedback on WinGPG? Send us an email to wingpg@scand.com or click here.

 

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SkyHistory – a full featured Skype chat history manager

Six years ago Scand decided to release a new tool that helps to advance efficiency and productivity of your communication via Skype.

During this ‘six-year-period’ SkyHistory had its ‘per Aspera ad Astra’ time and finally its glory hour has struck. We are excited to announce the latest highly functional 2.0.0. updated version eventually released on June 2, 2016.

Now, thanks to our software developers there is no need to make your way through piles of personal messages and numerous of calls to find some valuable pieces of information you received a couple of days ago. Yes, general Skype history is being tracked, but SkyHistory categorizes all the chats with the date and time. It is available now with our built-in Skype calendar which lines up all the chats in chronological order.

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Once you found the sought-for chat under some date, go through and bookmark the key messages. Thus, you’ll get the immediate access to this information. One thing that should be mentioned is that this feature is available only for a full version (license purchasing is necessary). Another paid feature is also a search bar to find keywords of important Skype chats when the date of the conversation simply slips out of your mind.

The redeeming feature of SkyHistory is its intuitive and straightforward interface. You can download the free version here and browse your chat history with pleasure. Moreover we provide 30-day trial version without limitations.

How it works:

- First of all our app creates a database which imports all previously saved Skype chat history (full version), 5-day chat history (free version). In other words, it works with a separate GUI based chat manager and all your contacts are imported unchanged, including Skype lists titles and the group structure.

- Upon your wish, you could sift through what part of chat history will make up the core of your database. In case you have no desire to keep tracking conversations with some contacts you could disable that function.

- SkyHistory dev team created an above-average feature: your database could be located on a portable device (stick, drive). It means that any device you are using to get access to Skype will have your Skype viewing tool at hand all the time.

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Total $19 fee for such a useful tool is not a big deal. Moreover, if you purchase more than one activation key, our discount scale activates automatically.

Enjoy using your favorite app with great comfort and have all Skype data protected!

Our development team is happy to cooperate and looking forward to being at your service. Please, drop us a line to skyhistory@scand.com.

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One Story of Making a Server Part Using D Language

Preface

Not so long ago our company released a fun-making app Selfie King. It’s a refreshing way to interact with your friends and even total strangers through taking selfies and joyful way to challenge each other. And today’s post is dedicated to a quite unknown side of our product development: the server part. Not many people know how many languages are used to develop a working server part. Ours is made using programming language D. It’s a rare developing means and we are really excited to give it a second life!

Server-side API is optimized for a mobile application using such methods like getUsers(DateTime startDate). The key point for us was how to develop an offline supported mobile application and our API are optimized for this.

Such a feature helped users take selfies and participate in challenges even without being connected to the Internet. Once they have access to WiFi the app syncs the fresh content with server and CDN, so all photos and users’ challenge details are easily uploaded.

Architecture

Basically, the architecture can be illustrated as follows:

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Thus, we have some of our users working with our web server, processing all requests concerning users and challenges, and other stuff. But we have one exception: photos (or photo bodies) are being submitted to AWS S3 service. It gives users an opportunity to operate fast and our server doesn’t need much funding.

As you see, the server side does not interact with the real activity of the application (except such cases as removing accounts and the photos). The metadata is locked inside and able to compute everything.

To track challenges, we created ‘workers’. These are independent processes checking challenges from time to time, and sending notifications through Google service to mobile devices. It is not the channel for notifications only but it is necessary to have it going when the app hasn’t been opened for a couple of days.

And now closer to the main theme of this post. Drumming.. To create the whole server side we used D language.

Technically, MongoDB collections are simple and we have a few of them: ‘users’, ‘photos’ and ‘challenges’, and ‘photos’ have URLs to CDN. At the same time we have metadata fields like author, ‘likes’, and geolocation, that is actually optional). The server standard ’findAndUpdate’ code is well-known too. Again, no magic.

Why D

First of all, we used that language simply because we know it. This one is a small free project without any commercial input and it has no specific requirements, such as thousands of rps support, tons of ads to be displayed, or ERP integration, whatever. It means that our system is very flexible and doesn’t need any specific features to operate. We decided to have as much fun as possible. Hope it will be interesting for you too.

Deployment

To reduce the cost of this free service, we used the following combination:

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When we were working on its development we used AWS EC2 too, but later we decided to decrease costs with DigitalOcean: for AWS t2.micro instance we used a swap file to make ‘dub’ tool happy at the time we compiled vibe.d.

So we moved up in scale for the production server and as we had no extra traffic between web, worker and MongoDB we just made a cheaper choice. Does it make any sense?

For us it did. Hopefully, this little post will be instructive for developers using different languages and we are open for any kind of cooperation. Our Scand team also could make a small webinar or prepare a blueprint based on how language D is used if needed. Happy to be useful.

We’re very happy to receive feedback and ideas from other developers. Please, get back with us by dropping a line to selfieking@scand.com.

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Realm Browser Library – easy viewing and editing Realm database files on Android

Due to the development of smartphones more and more applications get created specifically for mobile devices. Therefore, developers search for tools that will provide maximum efficiency and quality. Also, it is preferable that tool is ready for scalability and carrying out all operations immediately. One of the problems faced by many developers is database. Realm is chosen as a mobile database, because it perfectly combines all features required for the convenient development of applications.

Our team loves to work with it. However, we found that it is rather inconvenient that Realm browser is available only for Mac OS X users. Therefore, we decided to fix that problem! Our team created Realm Browser Library. It is a small, but very helpful library designed for viewing and editing Realm database files on Android devices faster and easier. Using Realm Browser Library developers have an access to stored data directly in the program without having to copy the data file. Library also provides the ability to generate data automatically.

There are two ways to open the Realm Browser:

  • 1. Сreate a notification.
  • 2. Call the appropriate method at the right time.

First method prevents interference in your app’s user interface, while the second one provides necessary flexibility.

Recently, we launched a new version of Realm Browser for Аndroid with fixes and improvements. It comes with a more attractive UI for better user experience.

You are welcome on the product page where you will find the details and links to download the library.

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About sponsorship for Children’s IT Academy

Aiming at introducing of information technologies in children and youth’s education in Belarus our company has made a decision to sponsor the Children’s IT Academy, established on the basis of the district center of children’s technical creativity in Orsha.

The official opening of the IT Academy will be held on April 22, before the final Republican contest in the Scratch programming language, which is to take place in Orsha.

The IT Academy will become the basis for realization of the innovative project called “Implementation of the model of organization of students’ extracurricular activities on the I and II stages of secondary education”. The project will apply the programming language Scratch and will be supported by the Hi-Tech Park.

8 more schools in the city will become the base for this 2 -year old project.

The IT Academy children will be able to learn programming in Scratch environment, computer graphics, design and be involved in studying and research activities in the field of information and communication technologies. In perspective an IT literacy study group for the elderly is going to be organized here, there is also a plan to organize a study group on robotics.

In March 2016 SCAND donated 18 computers to the IT Academy to contribute to development of this establishment and building its infrastructure.

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WinGPG – an open source encryption tool for Windows

How often are you sending documents that contain important information? Are you always sure that recipient is the only person that can access and read document?

Protection of confidential information plays significant role in everyday life when it comes to important information being sent to other people. One of the best solutions for privacy protection is PGP and its Open Source implementation – GnuPG (GPG). However, there are no utilities that offer user-friendly interface, easy navigation and stable work at the same time. We did our best to put together all those features and developed an open source solution – WinGPG.

WinGPG is a tray-based classical Windows application that executes GPG (via GPGme library) with proper options. We decided to keep it simple: a special “shell” for GPG is simplified and is really native (not a Linux port). Application registers shortcuts and extensions in your system, which provides better usability. It has been proved that encryption method that is used in GnuPG is really good, so cryptography was left without any modifications.

Our advantages can be summarized in three words: simple, fast, and free:

  • - No complicated setup, just run batch file.
  • - Automatic zipping at encryption time. Your files are ready to be transmitted via email or messenger immediately, without any extra steps.
  • - An open source solution. We believe in freedom.

The following operations are supported:

  • - Key management (create, import, export, revoke).
  • - Encrypt/Decrypt.
  • - Sign/Verification for files.
  • - WinNT Explorer support via context menus, works for Total Commander and FAR.
  • - Global shortcuts work from the active explorer window and clipboard.
  • - Clipboard supports both texts and files.

WinGPG has many nice tricks and options, like global accelerators, file types registered to WinGPG, etc. This is a fully functional tool, which offers you an opportunity to manage keys and files easily. We keep working on the most important and widely used features. But the primary goal is to let you do simple things easily and in a comfortable way!

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This product is provided under GPL license. Free download available from the product page.

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.NET FontManager – a freely available software library to support font formats

We are all familiar with that situation in software development: code is written, everything is working fine, except some small but vital detail that needs your attention – font. You have non-standard or commercial font that windows wants to substitute. And now you need to think on how to work with it, how to distribute it and how to keep windows font substitution hands out of your font. Issue is getting escalated if you are working on .NET or ASP.NET.

One of the quickest decisions that might come to you is to purchase the TrueType font format. But we have a better solution for you!

We created .NET FontManager, which is an intellectual wrapper over the FreeType2 open source library that uses GPLv2 as the original library. With the help of .NET FontManager you can use the common type of font files, get contours of every glyph and draw them as you need. The library is rather simple and all you need to know about fonts internals is that they are low-level.

Technically, it works through freetype2 version 2.5 and supports all fonts from this library. It means that instead of playing with low C code you can work with .NET and operate with pure .NET abstractions. OpenType, CID fonts, Type1 are handled by freetype2 and hold glyphs in vector.

For the sake of usability we have added bindings to popular .NET library – OxyPlot. The typical appliance will look like:

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All fonts are handled by .Net FontManager and stored in SVG font format.

So, all you need is to bring everything with your application, use it from your private folder and it will work in an excellent manner: the proper look, the proper feel and no interference with other fonts and programs. Easy distribution is also important. When you work with font files you know the proper font all the time; and errors in font metadata will not bring you any trouble. Just use contents and add any “font name” to it according to your needs. Every number and every curve are available through .NET FontManager!

More details and free download are on the product page.

 

 

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About JiraGear

JiraGear is a mobile application that was created by our team in order to be aware of what is going on in JIRA.

Use JiraGear to:

  • - View selected Activity Stream.
  • - Configure notifications for new activities in selected Streams, while app is in background mode.
  • - View JIRA issue from selected Activity and work with it right from the application.
  • - Mark Activity as read/unread.
  • - Add unlimited number of Activity Streams from multiple JIRA instances.
  • - Import saved Activity Streams.

JiraGear is simple and easy to use. Just add the project you want to follow in Activity Stream projects, workspaces (from Jira, Confluence and other products Atlassian) and receive notifications of activity! Instead of receiving hundreds of notifications on email, open and read each in order keep up with updates, with JiraGear you will immediately see the basic information about the change: who, did what, and when. There is no need to restart application each time: it works in the background mode and notification is displayed on the lock screen of your device, as well as in the iOS Notification Center.

JiraGear is easy to setup. You can do it in three different ways:

  1. Insert project key and login credentials on Stream setting page.
  2. Paste RSS feed link and login credentials on Stream setting page.
  3. Import json file from link.

JiraGear screenshotStop using paid softwares for managing your activities in JIRA. Use JiraGear app to manage and keep up with important tasks for you and your team. See activities that happen in your project, review issues, and check every piece of information you care about.

For more details visit our website or download app directly on the App Store.

 

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Selfie King – a selfie challenge app for Android

There are a lot of possibilities to share your selfies with the world. The process is quite common: you search for inspiring idea or look, take selfie, beautify it with filters, share it over all possible social networks and check for the number of “likes” and comments received.

It is time to take it to the new level with our Android application – Selfie King!

Invite your friends or other selfie lovers to challenge you over “likes” in the real time contest. Selfie King gives you possibility to post photos to multiple challenges: “group selfie”, “best friends” … you name it! Share marvelous, funny, crazy, beautiful photos of your life. Get involved in various challenges, get cool ideas and inspiration from other selfie takers, meet new people and make new friends.

Selfie King is easy to use. Sign in using Facebook or Google account, add photo, set challenge type (open or private) and name it, set duration time for the challenge, invite people and let the battle begin!

logo-selfi-king-120Take the most creative selfie, collect “likes” and get points in order to get to the top of LeaderBoard. Become the Selfie King!

For more details visit our website or download app directly on Google Play.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dear customers and partners,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016!

We wish you and your families luck, prosperity and health in the coming year. Thank you for working with us and we hope to continue this professional collaboration in the future!

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