Locko beta 1 is available

Locko is a beautiful an easy to use password manager and file vault. You can store confidential information such as web logins, credit card data, computer accounts, software licenses, private pictures and documents and much more. Locko supports Dropbox so you can keep your data synchronised across multiple computers while maintaining absolute security.


Download link: Locko1.0b1.zip
Safari extension: Locko.safariextz.zip

Please send your feedback to support@binarynights.com

ForkLift v2.5.5 released

Fixes and improvements:

  • Folder sizes are not calculated automatically on network volumes.
  • Fixes an issue with UTF8 encoded characters
  • Fixes an issue with AFP/SMB passwords
  • Fixes an issue with type-selection
  • You can activate a pane by clicking on an empty column (column view)
  • Fixes a glitch with the Get Info panel.
  • Fixes a Webdav issue which could cause timeouts during transfers.
  • Numerous other fixes and improvements

Download link: ForkLift2.5.5.zip

Locko – Are you interested?

ForkLift Video Contest

This is your chance to get your hands on a FREE license to ForkLift 2.5!

All you need to do is to make a 2 minute video and say a few words about your favorite features in ForkLift.

You can make a screencast (you can use QuickTime for that) or simply make a video of yourself talking (Photo Booth is the easy way here). ForkLift is used all around the world (we’ve already sold licenses to Antarctica) so don’t worry about making the flick in your native language.

You can focus on specific features, or you can just tell the world what a comprehensively awesome piece of engineering ForkLift is.

Upload your video to YouTube and send us the link to support@binarynights.com and you’ll get your free license straight away.

This is THE best time to awaken the sleeping movie director in you!

Putting the roar in file management – the new ForkLift 2.5

As hinted in the headline, I have now released the official ForkLift 2.5 upgrade. As hinted also, ForkLift 2.5 is a very simply put a Lion makeover, a new version almost 10 months in the making, an upgrade that leaps ForkLift straight to this excellent new platform.

This includes visuals as well as innards, monochrome styling and popovers, and migration to the new system APIs. Obviously, this also makes it a Lion only app.

But I haven’t spent all of these 10 months on singing the praises of Lion (sure, there’s been plenty of it too), but I managed to spend some time and brainpower on expanding the core features of ForkLift – some features that have been on our dreamlist since maybe the first functional alphas of years ago.

Although 2.5 deserves to be regarded a major upgrade in all respects, I have been loath to make it 3.0 and thus a paying upgrade. Therefore, ForkLift 2.5 is a free update, available to all licensed users.
You can grab a copy here.

The AppStore submission is underway, so customers who bought their license through the AppStore can expect to get their hands on the upgrade very soon.

Thanks for your patience and continued support, and thanks for the much appreciated help of the beta testers who helped to bring this release about.

New stuff I want to mention

Disclosure triangles
This is one of the core feature enhancements that has been floating around for years. Now you will find them in List View, we hope to everyone’s delight.

Transfer queue
ForkLift 2.5 delegates a much central role to the Transfer Queue, routing all file operations through the queue. Copy, move, extract – they are all syphone to the queue UI, so everything can be monitored and controled from here.
To fit the new role we’ve given it a new, iTunes inspired look, and new abilities like better pause/resume and the ability to navigate and browse folders from queue UI. (If you like your toolbar roomier, you can use the Safari-like button)

“Cut&Paste” support
Cmd-c and alt-cmd-v can now be used to move the selected file to a target folder. This one is really a blatant immitation of Lion’s implementation, but there was no way to improve on it.

Using command line tools in ForkLift
We hope this will win the heart of our hardcore file manipulation enthousiasts. ForkLift now lets you invoke any command line tool straight from ForkLift. Command line tools can be added to Preferences > Tools, and by assigning a shorcut, you can invoke them anytime and issue commands. You can also use this to launch GUI apps that support command line access.

Other changes
There is also a handful of other various changes, but these should be obvious and so I’ll just list them:

  • File grouping support
  • Customizable view options per folder
  • Full screen support
  • Monochrome sidebar/toolbar icons
  • New shortcut editor UI
  • New Sync UI
  • New Favorite manager UI
  • Color label support for favorites and devices
  • New transfer queue UI
  • Expandable folders in transfer queue
  • Queue support for extract and move operations
  • Real-time transfer queue pause
  • and much more
  • This is all for tonight, folks, I hope you enjoy.


    Dusting Off the Blog

    Okay, I’ll concede, this blog did get pretty dusty over the past couple-five months. So first of all, I want to tell everyone that ALL IS WELL HERE. No worries, the star of BinaryNights is still burning bright, and has no intention of letting down you nice ForkLift driving folk out there.

    Still, I will not argue that updates failed not only to reach this here blog, but those of you used to our more regular release schedule may also have been experiencing slight withdrawal symptoms. I guess that’s what you get for raising expectations 🙂

    Let me quickly explain what happened since April’s 2.08 release. It was a time of contentment and the promise of a bright future, and I sat back lazily to fiddle around with a few leftover items on my TODO list, thinking I’ll keep myself amused with some light coding for a while. But as it so often happens in operation rooms around the world, what started as a routine procedure quickly avalanched into a series of close-ups of scalpel cuts. I guess I did get carried away a bit.

    But then of course, Lion came along.

    In many respects, I’m reminded of the time when Leopard was released, and BinaryNights decided on a major makeover of ForkLift in the middle of a development cycle. We did it to keep our edge, and did it right, since ForkLift 1.5 was a breakthrough application. So.

    Good News Everyone!
    A smoking new version of ForkLift is just around the horizon.
    It bears the name 2.5 (although 3.0 might have been more appropriate), and it brings a handful of feature candies sprinkled on the massive body of a resting lion.

    Although there’s still a long way to go, I am very anxious see it in work and I will push for a raw public beta as early as possible, hopefully within 3 months. Many things are still molding, but some things are sure about ForkLift 2.5

    • it is Lion Only (yes.)
    • it is a file manager with disclosure triangles
    • it will save view settings for favorites
    • it has a new and better column view
    • has Lion style grouping
    • has many other improvements

    Latency issues
    Unfortunately, the great work described above had affected our famously high quality customer service and there may have been outages in email support. My apologies for this, but as you might know, coding is a very involved work, and I am currently under a lot of load.
    I will continue to do my best, but please forgive me if I fail to reply to your feature request.
    I’m afraid the same capacity issue affects the blog too. So for the moment, if you are looking for more frequent updates on ForkLift development, I recommend you look for me on Twitter.

    Thats all for tonight, folks.

    Status Report

    It’s been quite a while since we posted to our blog. But you know, profound silence gives birth to big ideas
    and being fond of innovation, I assure you, that an arduous work was going on.
    Yes, as it was implied before, I – Mudi – continue the work alone. Bringing Forklift 2 to you guys has always been a one man show anyways, but this time I do the support as well.

    So let’s see what I’ve got for you:

    If you follow “us” on Twitter you might already know ForkLift made it to the App Store .  This was not easy at all, Forklift 2 was first rejected three times and I had to completely remove the Disklet feature due to the fact that it was based on an “optional system component”. But as you can see, it’s all online now. If you wish to purchase it, yet you can do it both ways (via our website or through the App Store), but in the long run only one can stay in the game…

    According to my former intentions and also as a response to your feedback, I took the opportunity and set up a Forum at getsatisfaction.com, which combines the functionality of a support forum and a public “bug tracking” system as well.

    Meanwhile, Apple has released the first developer preview of Mac OS X 10.7, and after delving a little into it, I got pretty much inspired and planing to implement a bunch of “Lionish” features, which you will probably recognize in the future versions. But before doing that, the next milestone is “disclosure triangles” in the list view.

    That’s all folks, I’m back to XCode now… 🙂