Cryptomator 1.5.0 is released, with a redesigned user interface, new vault format (cloud data encryption)

Cipher, A client-side encryption tool for cloud files (and others), has released a new major version. The latest version 1.5.0 comes with a brand new user interface, a new vault format and various other improvements.
Cryptomator is a free and open source Java tool that can provide client-side encryption for your cloud storage files and can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux. There are also iOS and Android apps-they are open cores (business models for monetizing open source software for commercial production) and need to be purchased.
It can be used with cloud storage services that synchronize with local directories, such as Dropbox, OneDrive (on Linux such as OneDrive Free Client fork), and Google Drive (including use in conjunction with Insync). You can choose to encrypt the entire cloud storage in a single or multiple vaults, or only a few sensitive files.
It is worth mentioning that although Cryptomator was created with cloud storage encryption in mind, it can also be used to encrypt folders on the system or some external drives.
Cryptomator uses client-side encryption, which means that your data is encrypted first and then synchronized with the online cloud storage service, so no unencrypted data leaves your computer. Internally, Cryptomator uses FUSE, WebDAV or Dokany (depending on the content to be used and the operating system used) to provide virtual, unencrypted drives.
For encryption, Cryptomator uses AES with a 256-bit key (unlimited strength policy is bundled with native binary files) to encrypt file content and file names using AES, and passphrases are protected from brute force attacks by using the following: encryption, This is a password-based key derivation function (this function is designed to be computationally intensive, so the attacker will need to perform billions of operations).

Cryptomator 1.5.0 with the password library unlocked, and the password library (GNOME file) file manager opened in Nautilus

The latest version of Cryptomator 1.5.0 comes with a complete rewrite of the user interface, the purpose of which is to make “user’s onboarding process easier”. The vault unlock, vault add and vault options have been redesigned, and there is a new option to change the vault password. In addition, the password input has been improved through the caps lock indicator and the option to display the password.

There is also a new option to reset the password of the vault using the recovery key.

Cipher password key recovery
Unlock vault screen and vault options
Cryptomator 1.5.0 adds file library and preferences
Add safe password screen (left) / Cryptomator 1.5.0 preferences (right)

The redesigned user interface also comes with theme support and a new dark mode, but this needs to be unlocked by purchasing a donation key that helps support the development of Cryptomator.
I want to add a note about the new user interface here. On my Ubuntu 20.04 GNOME Shell desktop, you cannot move the main Cryptomator window just by dragging with the left mouse button, but only after unlocking the vault. If you have the same problem, press and hold Super Either Alt Key (depending on the desktop environment you are using), and then use the left mouse button to drag the window to move it. When trying to use Cryptomator on Manjaro on Xfce, I did not encounter this problem. In the background, Cryptomator 1.5.0 introduces a new vault format 7, which Ciphertext file layout After a redesign, the file name uses base64url encoding, so the name is less likely to be shortened. It should be noted that when using the latest version of Cryptomator, you need to upgrade the file library created with the old version of Cryptomator (after doing so, the file library will no longer be in the older version of Cryptomator). When accessing a file library created with an older version of Cryptomator, you will see a button to upgrade the file library. More changes in Cryptomator 1.5.0:

  • Improved tray menu: added vault list, unlock and lock of each vault, and option to lock all vaults
  • Added support for the direction of the interface from right to left
  • Added compatibility check to the underlying file system
  • Added “Autostart” setting on Windows and macOS
  • Added “Start hiding” setting
  • Add to -Dcryptomator.minPwLength Configure the variable to set the minimum password length, the default value is set to 8 to comply with GDPR
  • Improved update checker
  • Improved termination handler to automatically lock the vault
  • Fixes the compatibility with some Google Drive synchronization clients, which cannot rename long file names to short file names
  • Fixed high CPU usage in some cases
  • Fixed duplicate items in the vault list
  • Linux:
    • Fixed excessive RAM and CPU usage in some versions of Mesa
    • Support more than three simultaneous installations through FUSE
  • Windows: Fixed the issue of GUI freezing and slow writing when using Dokany
  • Apple system:
    • Removed the “receive key input” prompt on macOS Catalina
    • Fixed macOS Catalina crashing when displaying the file chooser dialog
    • Fixed use of FUSE when the device is offline
    • Support more than three simultaneous installations through FUSE

I should note that on the Ubuntu 20.04 desktop with GNOME Shell, Cryptomator does not have a tray icon. In my testing of Manjaro Xfce, the application does have a tray icon.

Download Cryptomator

On the download page, there are Cryptomator binaries for Linux, Microsoft Windows and macOS. The source is available at GitHub. The Cryptomator download page also has links to the Android and iOS app stores, but the mobile app is not free!
On Linux, Cryptomator is provided as a universal AppImage binary file and can be run on any Linux distribution. To run it, set the .AppImage file as an executable file (using chmod +x cryptomator-1.5.0-x86_64.AppImage, Or use the file manager in the file properties), and then double-click AppImage to run it.
and also PPA (The strange thing is that AppImage is packaged, the difference is that you will get automatic updates and Cryptormatoir’s application menu items), suitable for Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based Linux distributions (Linux Mint, Pop!_OS, Elementary OS, Zorin OS, etc.). And Arch Linux AUR package Available.