As with all software systems there are unexpected things that can go wrong.
Normally we’ll handle a server error pretty transparently, for instance if the server does not respond at all.
But what happened here was a trickle kind of situation – the server actually responded – just very very slowly. Too slowy, so the client gave up in a way that we’ve not covered. It’s indeed a bug – and we’ll fix it.
And, yes, you can install and run AxCrypt *entirely* offline, so even if we disappear completely off the face of the earth you’ll be fine.
Just select Files | Options | Always Offline !
You can also start it with with –offline as a command line switch like in this situation.