Users Guide 2.x - Files

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Installation and Initialization

Part 1 - Installation and Initialization

Creating, Viewing and Editing Notes

Part 2 - Creating, Viewing and Editing Notes

Encrypting and Decrypting Files and Directories

Encrypting Files and Directories

The processes to encrypt a file or a directory are very similar; and despite the large dialogs presented, they are also very easy. So let's get started.

From the PDS toolbar, select "File -> Encrypt" and then either file or directory (Fig 1).

Depending upon which you chose, a file (Fig 2) or a directory (Fig 3), use the dialog to search for the file or directory to be encrypted.

The default destination is fine, but you may want to change it (such as writing to tape, another partition, etc.).

The next block in the dialog is the only difference in the dialog. For files, you have to choose the output format (Binary is recommended because of the overhead with Base64). For directories, maximum compression is the default, but you may need to decrease it based on requirements.

Note that Base64 encoding is supported here in order to import existing plain text files into PDS Notes.

The progress of the directory encryption is displayed in the dialog below (Fig 4).

Fig 1. Encrypt drop down menu
Fig 2. Encrypt a file
Fig 3. Encrypt a directory

Decrypting Files and Directories

If you made it this far, the last step is going to seem repetitive (which is good), as the decryption processes are just the reverse of the encryption processes.

From the PDS toolbar, select "File -> Decrypt" and then either File or Directory (Fig 4).

Depending upon which you chose, a File (Fig 5) or a Directory (Fig 6), use the dialog to search for the source file to be decrypted. Yes, each File or Directory will be an encrypted PDS file, but one will decrypt to a file and the other a directory. Don't worry if you pick the wrong type when trying things out, PDS will detect it and let you know.

Depending upon what was encrypted, the default destination may be okay, or it may need to be changed to avoid overwriting existing files.

The final block in the decrypting directory dialog is the only significant difference between the dialogs. For decrypting a directory, you have to choose whether to extract the contents of the directory vs. decrypting the directory to a Zip file.

Fig 4. Encryption completed successfully
Fig 5. Decrypt a directory
Fig 6. Decrypt directory status

Customizing the PDS Application

Part 4 - Customizing the PDS Application

Verification, Configuration and Other Tasks

Part 5 - Verification, Configuration and Other Tasks


Part 6 - Troubleshooting PDS

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