[Gpg4win-users-en] Improving the First Contact with Kleopatra for gpg4win-3

Neil D. Donovan ndd1234 at comcast.net
Fri Apr 8 20:45:07 CEST 2016


I first began to use Gpg4win when Symantec made PGP too difficult, too
expensive, and to hard to purchase.  At the time of my switch to
Gpg4win, all I really wanted to do was find a free and open source
solution for sending PGP/MIME HTML emails, signed or encrypted.  I was
delighted when I learned that I could get what I wanted by installing
Gpg4win, Thunderbird and Enigmail.

I also started to explore what Kleopatra could do.  I learned that I
could generate my keys with it; I learned I could sign or encrypt files
with it with the requirement that encrypting (and signing) could only be
done asymmetrically.  There is no option in the Kleopatra GUI for
symmetric encryption.  (At least I don't see one.  If I'm wrong, please
tell me.)

I would like to see the option to encrypt or decrypt symmetrically using
a user-chosen PassPhrase using a GUI interface.  This was a feature of
PGP that I liked and now miss.

(I know that I can use the GPG command line to perform the symmetric



Neil D. Donovan
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On 4/8/2016 9:23 AM, Andre Heinecke wrote:
> Hi,
> While we have now Kleopatra for Gpg4win-3 in a good technical shape, we are 
> starting to move on to User Interface improvements.
> One thing among others which has us concerned is the "First Start" experience 
> with Kleopatra. While most of our use centers around E-Mail encryption we also 
> want to provide a decent User Experience for someone that does not have the 
> assistance of their Mail Client when setting up Gpg4win.
> After installation Kleopatra as our main "User Facing" Application is started. 
> And there is an empty table, some stuff about certificates, nothing to see about 
> encryption. At this point we are probably in the "This is too complicated" 
> corner already. :-/
> So I've tried to think from the perspective of three User Stories which I 
> think are probably the most important ones from the "First Contact 
> perspective" and tried to come up with Ideas and mockups how to improve the 
> "discovery" of how things work and put them on the wiki:
> https://wiki.gnupg.org/KleopatraUi3
> In my ideas I also add a data centric view to Kleopatra to better be able to 
> step away from the "Certificate centric" Keylist.
> I would like to hear your Ideas, too and especially how you came into contact 
> with Gpg4win and what your first experience with Kleopatra was and how you 
> think it could have been improved.
> Please note that this is just a rough draft of my personal ideas at this 
> point. And some of the mockups are pretty ugly as I've just hacked them into 
> kleo and did not want to spend too much time on layout.
> Thanks,
> Andre
> P.S.
> Sorry for the crosspost to gpg4win-devel please respond to the gpg4win-users-
> en at wald.intevation.org mailing list.
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