Last Friday we unveiled the beta version of PhotoCrayze. This site is dedicated to sharing photography with other photographers around the world.
The site allows users to quickly create an account and start uploading photos using our fast multi-upload system. It also sports an innovative tagging system where users can add titles, descriptions and a series of tags to their uploaded photos all at once, up to 100 at a time!
Join the “crayze” at www.photocrayze.com.
Today we have released a minor update which fixes a Windows-specific bug that prevented Silverlock from starting if the computer was not connected to the Internet.
Additionally, Silverlock for Mac has been submitted to the Mac App Store pending approval. You will still be able to download Silverlock from our website as always, but this gives another option to users who prefer it to be a little more integrated with the operating system.
On February 4th, 2011, the articles of incorporation for Petroules Corporation were approved by the state of New Hampshire, which means we are now a legal business entity, ID# 643134. Kevin Boucher is Chief Executive Officer and Jake Petroules is Chief Technology Officer, both are co-founders of the company. Our articles of incorporation may be viewed at the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s website.
What this means is that we will now be offering products and services for sale. Previously Petroules was simply being used as a trade name for Jake Petroules’s software. Silverlock is now property of Petroules Corporation - future releases of the software will reflect that in the copyright. Silverlock for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux will continue to be free and open source software.
We have several products and product ideas as well as a new website in the works, so expect to see something available soon!
There were a few last-minute issues detected with Silverlock 1.1, so we’ve released a quick revision (1.1.1) which addresses the following issues:
Existing Silverlock users may also notice the automatic updater fails to update to version 1.1.1 on Windows, and depending on the installation location, Mac OS X and Linux as well. Version 1.1.1 itself addresses this issue; for the moment please run Silverlock as administrator to complete the update, or just download Silverlock from our website. Silverlock 1.1.1 and higher will not require such a workaround.
I am pleased to announce that Silverlock 1.1 has finally been released. This release only contains minor changes and bugfixes - most notably the new welcome screen and the ability to customize the user interface layout.
Download the new version of Silverlock here.
Here is a complete list of the changes introduced with this release:
If you’re reading this message, you’re now seeing Petroules on its brand new server! The new server has 4 times the memory, 3 times the hard disk size, and twice the bandwidth, with increased processing and network speed, and the newest version of Windows Server to boot. What does this mean for end users? For one, the website will be faster. Secondly, we will be able to offer more services and update our software more quickly.
You may have also noticed that Petroules Enterprises has become Petroules. I felt that a shorter name would be better for the company long-term as it has the advantage of requiring less time to write, less to memorize, less space, and so on. Some references to “Petroules Enterprises” may remain in various places in our software and on the web, but these are slowly being remedied. I’ve also created a new logo for Petroules as you can see at the top of the site.
Lastly, Silverlock 1.1 should be arriving soon with the automatic update and clipboard bugs fixed, and KSC Email Tracker 2.0.5 with the missing OpenSSL bug (undocumented) fixed (among other potential fixes). Development of the mobile editions of Silverlock has also begun, but they may not arrive for a while, and certainly not until I’ve legally formed “Petroules” as a company so that our products can be sold on the various mobile app stores.
I’ve released a maintenance update to KSC Email Tracker (version 2.0.4) which fixes several issues #0000014, #0000005, #0000003, and #0000002 including the alert dialog displaying at an incorrect size.
Two days ago, I decided that the site was looking fairly rusty, and decided to give it a makeover. The first thing I did was switch to a fixed size layout since I think it better suits this particular site. I’ve also ironed out several issues with the layout across multiple browsers.
I also plan to introduce tools and code sections in the near future, which will offer small web-based (and perhaps downloadable) utilities, and various programming resources, respectively.
Besides the obvious visual changes, not much else has been changed. Enjoy the new look!
For reference, click here to see what the site previously looked like.
I’ve made a small update to KSC Email Tracker. While this release focused mainly on internal changes, the Windows and Mac OS X versions now have installers which should make things a little easier. Head on over to the KSC Email Tracker page and give it a try!
After many months of work, I am proud to announce that the final version of Silverlock has arrived! Click here to download for Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.
What is Silverlock? Silverlock is a secure password management application designed to ease the management of account credentials and related information. It allows you to store your usernames, passwords, and other information related to your online accounts and authentications in a single file encrypted with a master password. Without the master password, no one else can access your information. The application is designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind.
It is currently available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and is completely open source, released under the GPL v3.0. This allows anyone to inspect the source code to verify its security, and modify it if they so desire.
Perhaps I should give some detail on the history of Silverlock. Many years ago, I had written a password management web application in PHP. It was designed only to work on my specific software configuration and wasn’t very portable at all. Back then Silverlock was known simply as “Account Manager”. In 2008, I began work on and completed a second version of Account Manager, which was written in C# (.NET). I maintained that version until the middle of 2009, ending with version 2.2. Since then (and even before), Silverlock has been planned, in various incarnations. Months of changing plans and redesigns and lapses in development followed until a few months ago, when work began. The original plan was to create “Account Manager 3.0” as a redesigned version of the 2.0 series (still in C#). I also considered a web application, but felt that had too many security implications. Finally I decided to scrap Account Manager completely and rewrite it in C++, using the Qt framework, so that I could support multiple operating systems natively - something previous versions could not have. Because the name “Account Manager” was so generic, I sought out to find a better one, eventually settling on “Silverlock” after finding a public domain image of a silver lock which ended up being Silverlock’s icon. Because the scope of the change was so large and because Account Manager was never publicly released, Silverlock is starting at 1.0 and not 3.0. It is more of a replacement for Account Manager rather than a continuation. We will continue to develop and improve Silverlock over the years and hope that it will be useful to you.
As a small spoiler, here are some of the features I have planned for future versions of Silverlock…
A name for our password manager software has been chosen - Silverlock. At the moment it is in the final stages of development, and it will undergo through testing and documentation before it is released. We hope to have it released within the first half of August.
We are releasing a new version of our Account Manager password management software within the next few weeks. Because the name “Account Manager” is too generic, it will be rebranded under a new name and released as version 1.0 rather than Account Manager v3.0. Also, with a security-critical application such as this, it will be fully open source under the GNU GPL v3.0 for you to inspect and modify. The application will also be available for Mac OS X and Linux as well as Windows, unlike previous versions.
We have released version 2.0.2 of the KSC Email Tracker application. This is a minor release which fixes some memory leaks and adds a basic update checker. The Mac OS X version is now packaged as a disk image file, and the application bundle within now contains the required Qt frameworks and plugins. The application and its source code may be downloaded from its project page, here.
We have released version 2.0.1 of the KSC Email Tracker application. This is a minor release which addresses plugin issues on Windows, adds some standard menu icons for X11 platforms, and adds some shortcut keys to the menu options. The application and its source code may be downloaded from its project page, here.
Yesterday we have released the latest version of our .NET utility library, NetUtilities. You may download the latest version on its SourceForge project page. The latest version requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 which can be downloaded free of charge from Microsoft’s website. We have provided download links to install .NET 4.0 and the associated development tools:
We have now released the Linux/X11 version of our KSC Email Tracker application. The download link can be found here. Enjoy!
After many months, we have finally released an update - version 2.0 of the KSC Email Tracker has been released. The new application is faster and more reliable and is also supported on Macs (Linux/Unix support coming soon)! We will also have additional updates coming shortly.
An Open Source projects page has been created. Click here to see the project page for our KSC Email Tracker application.
The KSC Email Tracker application is currently undergoing maintenance. A new version with greater stability and a more reliable automatic update system will be released sometime this week.
I have been undergoing a large project to update Account Manager. I had intended to discontinue the desktop in favor of a web-based version, however that idea was retracted on due to security concerns. Thus, I have decided to continue to develop Account Manager as an open-source desktop application, so that our users can be ensured that their data is secure. Account Manager 3 is still in the planning stages and will not be released for a while. Watch our homepage for updates on the project’s status!
Today I have released the KSC Email Tracker application on SourceForge. It is an application for Keene State College students to receive near real-time alerts when they receive emails. As Keene State College uses the CampusCruiser system, it is not possible to use email clients such as Microsoft Office Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird, so this provides a solution and allows students to communicate easier and be more productive.
Welcome to the release of the Petroules Enterprises website! Straight from Petroules Enterprises Labs, we now have a central location from which to offer all our products and services, which are designed to be easier to use, upgrade and access!
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Petroules has a social media presence on many major networks. Here are links to our official pages on these third party sites.