GPG Suite Beta 5

As we're getting closer to the final release of the new GPG Suite, it's time for another beta. We're happy to announce that smart card support under Yosemite should be back to working normally again. In addition GPGMail now warns the user when they are trying to send an unencrypted reply to an encrypted message and the crashes some of you ran into when Mail was started from an external application, are now finally gone.

We encourage all of our users to install this release.
GPG Suite Beta 5 runs on OS X 10.6 and newer.

Please report any issues you find on our support platform. GPG Suite Beta 5 Supports OS X 10.6 and newer
Download GPG Signature (to verify the signature, please download and import our updated key)
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An open letter about our future

Dear all...

TL;DR: We thought long and hard about how we could realize our vision for GPG Suite in the long run. Our answer is to introduce a small fee to pay for GPGMail starting with GPGMail for Yosemite. A free beta version will be available in 2-3 weeks (possibly earlier).

The longer story: About five years ago we started working on GPG Suite. It started out as a very chaotic process, but became much more organized and focused over the years. We grew together as a team and learned a lot from our mistakes, which was also necessary as our user base had grown immensely. Since we slowly realized GPG Suite was becoming the best OpenPGP solution for Mac, we wanted to work on it and present it as professionally as it deserved. In consequence we also wanted to provide helping material for new users to get started and spend a lot of time on our support platform to help everyone out, who was stuck.

With our growing user base, the time necessary to run this project professionally increased quickly and constantly and today two things are abundantly clear:

  • We would love to transform GPG Suite into a sustainable business for many years to come, so we don't have to compromise on the time we'll be able to invest and the quality of the product.
  • Our current donation based system is not a viable option if we want to achieve that goal.

You can’t imagine how thankful we are to you, our donors: We couldn’t have come so far without your support. Thank you so much for that!

To plan and execute our future ideas it’s necessary however, to know that we’ll be able to sustain our development and support costs. We’ve considered a variety of options (including crowdfunding) and came to the point that those were short time solutions and we need a long time solution to do the best work we can as we simply don’t want to compromise on the quality of our tools or support service due to a lack of time again. That wouldn’t help anyone.

That’s why we decided that we’ll introduce a small fee to pay for GPGMail, starting with the release of GPGMail for Yosemite.

We realize that some of you might not be happy with this decision, but we strongly believe that this direction will lead to the best outcome for our current and future users. We’re not sure what GPGMail will cost yet, but we are sure that it’s gonna be a fair amount.

Our goal is focusing first and foremost on reliability and usability. In addition we want to provide you with bug fixes and new releases faster, find your problems and solve them, prepare beta builds for OS X Developer Previews, shortly after they are available and meet the deadline of major OS X releases reliably. If you keep believing in us, we can make that happen.

We think it’s worth it and we hope you will do, too.

We’ll be happy to hear your thoughts and opinions on our support platform or via Twitter.

With love,
your GPGTools team

Questions & Answers

When will GPGMail for Yosemite be ready?
The first beta of GPGMail for Yosemite is available now! The stable release will be ready at the end of November.

Will you charge us for the GPGMail beta for Yosemite?
No, the beta will be free for anyone wanting to participate in our beta test, however it will be time limited and deactivate itself, once the final version is released.

OK, you'll charge for GPGMail, but what about the other apps included in GPG Suite?
GPG Keychain, GPG Services and GPG Preferences as well as MacGPG2 will remain free.

Bummer, a friend of mine just recommended GPGMail to me and I was really looking forward to trying it out.
You absolutely still can and we really hope you do! It's very dear to our heart that your messages are secure. GPGMail will include a trial period where you'll have enough time to find out whether you think it's worth it or not.

What is the amount we'll have to pay for GPGMail?
We have yet to set a price, but it will be fair. There will be different prices for personal use and professionals/companies. In addition, we plan on introducing a high priority support option for immediate assistance.

I've donated many times in previous years and now I will have to pay again? What gives?
We completely understand your sentiment and the last thing we want to do is to anger our fantastic donors! To re-emphasize on what was already said in our letter: we couldn't have come so far without you. Your support will definitely be rewarded, but we have yet to figure out the details.

I've just recently sent you a donation and now I will have to pay again? What gives?
Your support will definitely be rewarded, but we have yet to figure out the details.

Will I pay once and receive every future update for free?
Unfortunately not. In addition to the time necessary to add new features and fix bugs, a lot of time has to be spend on finding out what changes the next OS X version brings and then adapt GPGMail to those changes. So the short answer is, you'll have to pay a small upgrade fee for updates for major OS X releases. Should you decide however, to remain on your current version of OS X, you'll not have to pay anything to keep using GPGMail.

Does this mean GPGMail will no longer be open source?
We really believe in the idea of open source and the advantages it has over closed source. That's why we'll keep the source code of GPGMail open.

So then, couldn't i simply compile GPGMail myself and distribute it to everyone for free?
Since our code is licensed under the General Public License (GPL), which explicitly allows the re-distribution of GPL licensed code and binaries, that would be possible. We still hope you don't. One of the reasons is, that problems which might result from using your version, would end up in discussions opened on our support platform. That would create even more work for us, which means less time to actually work on future versions. If in consequence less copies of GPGMail were sold, we'd be back where we are right now, with even less time on our hands, which would ultimately slow down progress tremendously.

I found a free version of GPGMail on a different site. Why shouldn't I install that one instead?
We generally believe that, especially when it comes to security-related software, it's not a good idea to download and install it from an untrusted source. Since we don't know what your version of GPGMail includes, we could also not help you out with problems.

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GPGMail 2.1 for
Mavericks out now!

Since the first seeds of OS X Mavericks have been released to
developers we've been at it to add compatibility to GPGMail.
Today we're super stoked to announce, that for the first time,
GPGMail supports Mavericks from day one.

Go grab it now!

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GPGMail 2.1 is compatible back to 10.7

Help us help you to
get ready for Mavericks!

It's almost here and we're almost there: for
the first time we want GPG Suite to be ready for
your upgrade to the new OS X 10.9 - Mavericks!

As developers we've received early test versions of Mavericks and have since been
working on a compatible GPGMail version when time allowed. Now it's time to polish
this version and fix any bugs so we're ready to launch alongside with Mavericks.

GPGMail 2
is finally here!

We've been working crazy hard over the last couple of months to make
GPGMail 2 rock solid.


A lot of sleepless nights and 77 bug fixes later, we're ready!
GPGMail 2 is the nr. 1 plugin for OS X Mail.app to secure your messages with a few simple clicks and comes as a part of our new GPG Suite which contains everything you need to secure your communication with ease using the power of OpenPGP.
We've completely re-designed our website to make sure that you'll find everything
you need with one click. We are super stoked and can‘t wait to see how you like it!