Fun, fun, fun…
Hot on the heels of the recent UltraEdit v19 release for Windows, comes the UltraEdit v4 Beta II release for Linux/Mac.
I’ve just started using it and so far so good. They usually progress through the betas pretty quick. I didn’t have time to install the beta I before this one dropped.
I’m now rockin’ UltraEdit 3.3 on my MacBook Pro and Linux boxes at home. A previous announcement suggested by this version the Mac and Linux versions would have caught up with the Windows version from a functionality perspective. I’m not sure if that’s true, but they are close enough for me.
The latest Windows versions is 18.20, which I use at work, but home is where the real magic happens.
I’m now rockin’ UltraEdit 3.2 on Mac and Linux…
This is the version that is meant to bring the Mac/Linux version in line with the Windows version as far as functionality is concerned. I’m not sure that is the case, but it’s getting ever closer. It certainly does everything I need it to do now.
We use KeePass (on Windows) at work to hold all our passwords, so I figured I’d go with that and see how I get on. Unlike work, I want to use a single store for all my devices, so I finally found a use for my Dropbox account.
If you don’t already have it, you need to install Dropbox on your device(s). For mobiles, that means their respective app stores. For computers (Linux, Mac and Windows), you can get it from the Dropbox website.
Shared KeePass Installation
Rather than install KeePass on each Windows/Mac/Linux machine separately, I downloaded the Portable KeePass 2.19 (ZIP Package) version of KeePass and unziped it into a “KeePass” directory inside my “Dropbox” directory. That same installation can be used on all Dropbox-enabled desktops and laptops.
KeePass Installations on Linux
# yum install mono-core mono-tools
$ mono ~/Dropbox/KeePass/KeePass.exe
KeePass works really well on Fedora 17 using Mono.
KeePass Installations on Android
For Android devices, I used the KeePassDroid app.
The KeePassDroid app works fine on my Nexus 7 and my old HTC Wildfire.
Update: Swapped my phone for a Nexus 4. Not surprisingly, the app works fine on this too.
KeePass Installations on iPad/iPhone
For my iPad I used the MiniKeePass app.
It’s not a thrilling app, but it does the job.
KeePass Installations on OS X
The KeePass app does not work well (see update below) under the OS X version of Mono. It’s slow and the interface is quite jerky, but you can use it.
$ mono ~/Dropbox/KeePass/KeePass.exe
If you plan to use OS X as your main platform, I would probably use a different password store until Mono on OS X becomes a little more reliable (see update below).
Update: The latest version of KeePass and Mono work pretty well, so my previous warning is not really necessary now. Remember, if you are planning to use KeePass on Mac, make sure you have the latest version of X11 and Mono (3.2.3 or later).
Update 2: I now use KeePassX2 on Mac. It’s in Beta at the moment, but I’ve been using it since the Alpha and it works fine.
So that’s it. I only have to remember my DropBox password and my KeePass password and I can now use ridiculous passwords for all my other logins…
I’ve been using the beta versions of UltraEdit 3.1 for Mac and Linux for a while, but I only noticed today the production version has been released. I normally get email updates, so I figure this one must have got directed to spam by accident.
Anyway, I’m now rockin’ the latest version on both platforms. Happy days…
My MacBook Pro is a couple of years old, has traveled the world and been on countless networks during that time. With that in mind, a virus scan revealed a grant total of zero viruses. I doubt I would be able to say that for a Windows laptop with no AV used in similar circumstances.
Although Macs are still a small percentage of the total PC market, I guess the rise in iDevices and the lack of people running AV software on Macs makes them an attractive target. Time will tell if they become the attack vectors everyone is predicting.