pgp mail in Mountain Lion (web)

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21 Feb, 2012 09:41 AM


Sadly, once I updated to Mountain Lion and Mail 6.0, gpg mail stopped working. I now have to decrypt messages by saving the encrypted content and using command line gpg to read them (didn't figure out a way to send them yet).

Any chance to support mail 6.0 soon ?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 21 Feb, 2012 06:17 PM

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    Hey Jaymzu,

    thanks for the feedback. We are glad to hear from users. But requesting support for an unreleased OS is ... well we can't deliver that. We support stable OS releases and if our tools work in a developer environment that makes us very happy but it is nothing we can guarantee.

    We are currently hard at work to get a stable GPGMail verion for 10.7 out the door and are making great progress. So requesting support for an OS for which the dev preview #1 has been out 5 days or so is a bit odd.

    We are doing all this in our spare time and are a very small team. At the same time Apple does not support mail plug-ins but rather tolerates them. There is no api or documentation which does not simplify development of such a plug-in. Quite the opposite is true. With the huge changes in mail in 10.7 a total rewrite from scratch became necessary.

    Hope you understand our position on this.

  2. 2 Posted by Simon Quantrill on 22 Feb, 2012 10:50 AM

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    I find this a shame as a professional IT person it is part my job to update and test my system before the rest of the organisation does. This means I must always be bleeding edge. Unfortunately each time I upgrade GPGtools I bleed!.

    I have got so used to the ease of gpgtools that I hate going back to the command line as my productivity goes down.

    But my point is.. most likely person to use gpg is an IT professional most likely person to upgrade to the latest oS is an IT professional. So to me it makes sense to stay in front of the stable releases all the time..

    So that said I'm not really a programmer but if there is anything I can do that helps the development cycle to get gpgtools out the door quicker to keep up with developing operating systems please let me know

    Simon Quantrill

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Luke Le on 22 Feb, 2012 10:57 AM

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    HI Simon, it's definitely a shame, but unfortunately every new OS update where is updated requires major updates to all the available plugins, based on how much has changed.
    For Lion it was basically everything, for Mountain Lion it should be rather small but unfortunately still significant.

    As Steve already said, we don't have too much time on our hands and are still a very small active team, 4-5 people, taking care of all GPGTools programs.
    Since we have to make a living too, we can only work on this in our spare time.

    It makes me sad to say it, but the greatest help at the moment is financial support, since that way we can devote more of our time to this project.

  4. 4 Posted by Jaymzu on 22 Feb, 2012 12:45 PM

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    I can totally understand that projects done in spare time can't be maintained with ease. But in this particular case, a good place to start would be to at least outline the cause of the incompatibility (you guys would developed it so you would have the easiest time pinpointing it) without necessarily solving it right now. That way, you'd give the community something to think about and maybe someone could contribute with a patch.

  5. 5 Posted by Jaymzu on 22 Feb, 2012 12:48 PM

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    Late edit @ Luke - Have you guys considered publishing either the whole gpgtools suite or the plug-ins and tools individually on Appstore for a small fee (like Growl did) ?

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Luke Le on 22 Feb, 2012 03:06 PM

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    Hi Jaymzu, what exactly do you mean by outline the incompatibility?

    We've already considered releasing GPGTools in the App Store, but the only possible app is the GPG Keychain Access and even that one, is probably not gonna be making it because of the App Store rules and from June 1st on, sandboxing.

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Steve on 24 Feb, 2012 10:28 AM

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    Hey Jaymzu: here's the ticket system for GPGMail:

    That is basically the missing points.

  8. 8 Posted by Alex on 04 Mar, 2012 09:53 PM

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