1Password extension gets Firefox import, some nips and tucks

You’d think our developers would take some time off over the holidays. You know, put down Xcode and pick up their child, a Michael Bublé album, and some eggnog.

You would be half right.

Our resident code architects somehow found time over the last few days to polish an update to our new 1Password extension for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on Mac, as well as Safari and Chrome on Windows (Firefox for Windows support is still on the way for the new extension, but those customers can still install the previous extension from 1Password’s preferences).

1Password extension 3.8.9 gained some great improvements to Autosubmit (especially on sites like iCloud.com and iWork.com) and better mouse interaction. But there’s a big new feature too: “Import Saved Firefox Passwords.” As the name suggests, there is a new button in the extension’s Settings panel that allows you to import Logins from Firefox’s built-in password manager.

Now I know what some of you are about to ask: “So when will Safari and Chrome get this?” We can’t promise anything just yet, because due to the way those browsers stored your Logins before you installed 1Password, they’re tougher challenges. Rest assured, we’re working on it, so stay tuned.

Your browser should automatically update your 1Password extension to this v3.8.9 update, but you might need to check your browser’s extension manager to make sure automatic updates are installed. Here’s the full changelog:

New

Added “Import Saved Firefox Passwords” button in Settings to automatically import passwords from Firefox’s internal password manager.

Changed

  • Improved Autosubmit algorithm, including websites like iCloud.com and iWork.com.
  • Updated Firefox Add-on SDK (Jetpack) to latest version.Using “Helper” instead of “Agent” in messages shown to the user.
  • Added the ability to disable unlock animations to work around a freezing issue in Chrome.
  • To disable unlock animations, go to the Settings > About and click the 1Password icon to reveal the Advanced settings.

Fixed

  • Logins within the All Logins section now highlight during mouseover and properly reveal the View Details arrow.
  • Changed supported Firefox’s max-version “12.*” to “12.0a1″ to avoid being marked as incompatible.
  • Password generator sliders in Firefox now update the generated password.
  • Now properly filling Logins on sites that (incorrectly) use the same HTML element id for multiple input fields. For example, NAB Internet Banking.

1Password for Windows: our new Safari extension is out of beta!

1Password extension - LoginsGreetings Windows-slinging Agile Readers! Remember that all-new 1Password extension we began testing with Safari a couple weeks ago? I’m happy to say that you may feel free to remove its beta badge at your earliest convenience.

Wait, scratch that. Safari should automatically do it for you, if it hasn’t already. Hooray for automatic extension updates! To make sure Safari has you covered, you can hit the gear menu and to go Preferences > Extensions. Click the Updates panel and make sure “Install Updates Automatically” is enabled. If you haven’t grabbed the new extension yet, here’s how:

  • Make sure you have the latest version of 1Password by going to Help > Check for Updates
  • Click the Preferences button, go to the Browsers pane, and click the Safari option
  • Follow the instructions on our extension download website that opens

Yes, the new version of our extension has gone official for Safari for Windows, and so have its many slick new features. User feedback was great, so we’re getting to work on bringing it to the other Windows browsers we support. As far as a timeline goes, though, I can’t say anything just yet. You’ll just have to stay tuned here on the blog, on Twitter @1Password and @AgileBits, and on Facebook!

1Password for Windows: Our new extension is ready to try in Safari

Sometimes, a browser extension comes along that changes everything. Your philosophy on life is forever altered. The way you experience the internet fundamentally shifts. Your dog and cat go apartment hunting together. Nothing is the same.

Our new 1Password browser extension will not do any of those things to your world, valiant Windows users, but it will make a huge improvement to the way you browse the internet with 1Password. We’ve re-imagined our 1Password browser extension to bring you a better, faster experience, and put more of your 1Password data than ever before at your fingertips, right inside your browser.

Today we’re releasing the new version of our 1Password browser extension in beta for Windows users to test, and we’re starting by supporting one of our most requested browsers: Safari for Windows. Of course, support for more browsers will follow soon.

How to get it

To get it, you’ll need to opt into our beta testing process:

  • Open 1Password
  • Click the Preferences toolbar button (or press Control-P)
  • Go to the Updates pane, enable the Beta option, click Check Now, and update to the latest beta (it should be at least version 1.0.9.BETA-237 or higher)

Now, to get the new Safari extension:

  • Visit our Windows extension page to download and install our new Safari extension
  • Enjoy testing our new Safari extension!

Note: the first time you unlock the extension, the initial sync might take a little longer than usual. That’s normal, and the next time you unlock shouldn’t take nearly as long.

How to use it

So, what’s the big deal about the new extension? The redesign allows it to be much more flexible and make more of your information available, even editable, right in your browser—no need to stop what you’re doing and open the main 1Password app. Here are some quick highlights and tips to help you get the most out of the new extension:

  • Control-\ is your one-stop-shop: The new default Logins pane does double-duty, displaying “Logins for the Current Site” at the top, and a list of “All Logins” just below. Just hit Control-\ to open the extension on any webpage (you can configure this shortcut in the 1Password app’s settings)
  • Arrow keys are your friend: If you’re a keyboard ninja, you can arrow up and down the list of Logins. If you hit return on a Login in the ‘Submit Login’ section, 1Password will fill it into the current site. If it’s in the ‘All Logins’ section below, 1Password will open a new tab, take you straight to the site, and log you in
  • Type to search: If mousing around and arrow keys aren’t your style, you can type in any pane to start filtering on the fly. A search box will appear at the top, and the item list will instantly slim down to just what you’re looking for (note: this is basically a quick way to enable the new search icon in the upper left)
  • View, copy item details in your browser: Say you need to copy a password for a Flash site, or you need to paste a 1Password detail into some other app. You can click the right arrow next to any item in the new extension, or hit your keyboard’s right arrow key, to view most of its details right within the extension. Mouse over any detail and click it to quickly copy it to your clipboard for pasting elsewhere
  • Click headers to change behavior: Do you need to complete a CAPTCHA on some sites before logging in? Or perhaps you prefer to open new windows instead of new tabs. You can click the headers in the Logins pane to change how they behave. You can chose to just fill a Login instead of fill and submit (in case you need to do other things on the page), and instead of opening Logins in a new tab, you can choose to open them in a new window or even the current tab
  • Fill Credit Cards and Identities: Any Credit Cards and Identities you’ve added to the main 1Password app are available in their own panes below Logins. Filling them into websites is just as easy: you can open the 1Password extension, mouse or arrow your way to the Credit Card or Identity you need, and click or hit Return to fill it into the site’s form
  • Tab between panes: You can use the Tab key to quickly switch between the Logins, Credit Cards, Identities, Strong Password Generator, and Settings panes

Check out more screenshots in our gallery at the end of this post!

How to get in touch

Since this is a beta, we’re hoping to hear some feedback in our Windows beta forum with your thoughts on how it’s going, and especially when you run into bugs. After all, there’s a reason we’re using the beta badge.

In case you didn’t catch that, yes: it was a wink wink, nudge nudge to please leave feedback in our Windows beta forum.

How to stay tuned

We’ll update 1Password and this new extension based on your feedback, and we’ll have announcements of more Windows browser support soon. Until then, follow us on Twitter @1Password and @AgileBits, like us on Facebook, and subscribe here to stay on top of all our update news!

The new 1Password extension gives you more power, flexibility right in the browser

We’ve just released a major update to our extension for all three major Mac browsers (I love being able to say that) — Safari, Firefox, and Chrome — which, of course, you should receive automatically. But don’t let the unassuming version 3.8.6 badge trick you: this is our most significant extension update since the redesign this summer, as we’ve added some huge improvements and a bunch of great features, including some long-standing requests that could only have been done with our fantastic new extension interface. Yeah, it’s that big.

1Password combined logins view

New Combined Logins Tab and Clickable Headers

We received a lot of thoughtful feedback about the layout of the new extension, and we listened. In this update, the previously separate Logins for this site and All Logins tabs have been merged into a single location for even greater convenience!

Logins for the current site are now listed at the top of the new, simplified “Logins” tab, with the rest of your Logins for all other sites under their own heading just below. No more clicking or tabbing back and forth to access you Logins: now all of them are collected in one place, just like in the main 1Password application, and you can scroll or type to filter on-the-fly and hit Return to open one.

But the best part of this Logins tab redesign is that it finally let us add some features you’ve been requesting for years! You can now click the headers above each Login section to switch between a few behaviors on the fly: Fill and Submit Login or just Fill Login for the current site, and for your other Logins: Open Login in New TabOpen Login in New Window, and Open Login in Current Tab, all without having to dig into Settings or Preferences!

Autosave, Remixed

With the latest update, 1Password in Firefox and Safari will allow you to replace a Login from the AutoSave prompt, as well as giving you quick access to AutoSave settings, all from a new gear icon.

We revamped the AutoSave feature in Safari and Firefox as well, taking to heart all of the feedback we’ve received so far.

In Safari (pictured below), the AutoSave Bar is now an actual toolbar that doesn’t cover the web page, and it lets you finish the saving process at your leisure. Firefox (pictured left) gets a popup window with the same AutoSave functionality, and an update for Chrome is in the works!

Icons and Buttons and Badges — Oh, my!

We did some general polishing of the 1Password extension’s interface, starting with a new toolbar icon that doesn’t just look good, it gained a feature too! Now, if the 1Password extension is unable to connect to the 1Password Helper (formerly known as the Agent), a badge will appear. The sidebar icons are also now easier on the eyes, and the active tab is highlighted in blue to help it stand out.

These are just a few favorites from the massive list of new features, fixes, and additions you’ll find in our latest browser extensions—over 40 in all! Check out the change log for the full story, and as always, stay on top of AgileBits updates here on the blog, at @1Password and @AgileBits on Twitter, and the 1Password Facebook Page!

1Password 3.8.7 for Mac supports more Chrome, plus an extension teaser

If you use Google Chrome and have a knack of answering “pffft, of course I do!” before people are even able to finish asking if you like to live on the bleeding edge, this post is for you!

More Chrome comin’ right up

Just two weeks ago we came full circle by bringing the great new version of our browser extension back Google Chrome, where it began over a year ago. Now, 1Password 3.8.7 for Mac is out for non-MAS customers with one of our most-requested features as of late: support for Chromium and Canary, the beta and bleeding-edge versions of Google’s Chrome browser (yes, this is coming to the Mac App Store version, along with support for the WebKit browser too!). You can snag the update by starting 1Password and going to 1Password > Check for Updates.

There are plenty of other changes in 1Password 3.8.7 for Mac though, including some fixes for keeping data between 1Password and the browser extension in sync, changes to language in preferences for things like restarting the Helper and keyboard shortcut descriptions, and some great updates to our Diagnostics Report tool. You can read more about those changes in our changelog.

Something useful this way comes

We’re beta testing an awesome update to our browser extension that I think you’re really going to love. While we finish cooking the extension and our blog post detailing the great changes and some power user tips, you can snack on the screenshot I included in this post.

Feel free to opt into the beta option on our Mac extension download page to sneak a peek (and help us test!). Or you can refrain from spoiling your dinner and we’ll have all the details for you soon!

ScreenCastsOnline posts a great 1Password + Safari extension + Dropbox primer

The venerable Don McAllister at ScreenCastsOnline has posted a great tutorial for his members that covers 1Password 3.9 from the Mac App Store, Dropbox sync, and even our new browser extension that we completely redesigned this summer. A free trailer is embedded below:

The full set of videos starts from square one with getting 1Password 3.9 installed from the Mac App Store. It shows you how to get set up with Dropbox sync and creating new Logins, then takes you all the way through some of the finer details of browsing quickly and working efficiently with our flexible new extension. Some of the videos are available for free, while the full tutorial is available to ScreenCastsOnline members, which you can learn more about here.

Thanks Don for a great 1Password tutorial!

Extension Update: Firefox AutoSave returns

Good news, Firefox 6.0+ for Mac users. We released a small update to our browser extension last night that brings back AutoSave. You even get first access to a new design we’re trying out for the AutoSave dialog, based on a lot of user feedback. It saves a lot of space while still giving access to some necessary features via the gear menu, such as toggling “never for this site” and AutoSave for all sites.

The new extension is now at version 3.8.5 for all browsers and you can learn more about the other changes in our extension changelog.

To get the new version, you shouldn’t have to do anything! That’s the magic of modern browsers automatically updating your extensions. But here’s how to force an update if you want to check it out right away:

  1. Go to Tools > Add-ons
  2. Click the gear menu at the top of the Add-ons manager and choose Check for Updates
For bonus points: you shouldn’t have to restart Firefox after updating the extension anymore! So how do you like it so far? Let us know in our forums!

Full Circle with 1Password + Chrome

Chrome Master Password prompt

It seems like only yesterday that I was here introducing the “New Chrome Extension + Beta!” Well, here I am with some more great news: Now all you devoted Chrome fans can get your hands on the new extension that we debuted with Safari 5.1, just in time for Chrome 14!

As many of you know, however, this journey really began with Chrome. So now we’ve taken the technology we originally developed for our Chrome extension, refined and redesigned it (as seen in Safari), and now it’s out of beta. And while it looks a bit different than what we Chrome devotees have grown accustomed to, it works very similarly, so we can all feel right at home.

But it isn’t just a pretty new face. We’ve put a lot of work into improving the form filling from our original Chrome extension and added a number of new editing and viewing features so that you can do a lot more without ever leaving your browser.

So What’s New?

While the interface has gotten a huge redesign from the previous 1Password Chrome extension, we have added a few other things as well. Some highlights:

  • Universal Unlock – 1Password and the extension now lock and unlock simultaneously!
  • The Sidebar – Use Tab to switch between Logins For This Page, All Logins, Identities, Credit Cards, Password Generator, and Settings
  • Item Details – Click the (>) arrow to the right of any item (or press the Right Arrow on your keyboard) to view and even edit them!

With improvements under the hood, a fresh look, and added functionality, the 1Password Chrome extension is better than ever.

Update Déjà Vu

“So, this sounds pretty great,” you say, “but how exactly do I take advantage of this nifty new extension?” you might also say. Take no action! Just sit back and relax: Chrome automatically updates all of its installed extensions!

But if you’re as anxious as I am (I couldn’t wait!), you can follow these steps to force Chrome to download the update immediately:

  1. Launch Chrome and go to Window > Extensions
  2. Click on “Developer Mode” over to the right
  3. Click on the “Update Extensions Now” button that appears to the left — done!

(Wow, I feel like I have said this all before!) As always, be sure to join us in our forums if you have any questions or feedback. Happy browsing!

The 1Password extension right-click returns from the sunset

Remember at the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when Indy, Dr. Henry Jones, Sallah, and Marcus were riding off into the sunset, and you wished they didn’t have to? That’s kinda like the right-click feature of our completely redesigned 1Password extension: with the releases of Lion, Safari 5.1, and Firefox 6, it had to ride off into the sunset, but we knew you wished it didn’t have to end that way. So our developers donned their best fur fedoras and set out on a quest to see if our right-click hero could return, never forgetting the cardinal rule: Xcode marks the spot.

I am happy to say that our developers were successful, and they didn’t even have to deal with any snakes, flying refrigerators, or crystal skulls! As of 1Password extension version 3.8.2 for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox on the Mac, the right-click menu is back (Chrome users: you’ll have to opt into the beta version since we’re still polishing the extension up for you). You can now right-click to view all your Logins for the current site, fill a Login into the current form, and open the 1Password extension to fill Wallet and Identity items.

Safari users should note, however, that the right-click menu will work a little differently than Chrome and Firefox; you’ll see available Logins in the main right-click menu instead of listed under a sub-menu. This is due to a limitation in Safari’s extension APIs for third-parties, and we’ve reported the issue to Apple. We also made a bunch of changes and fixes for Safari and Firefox users, including a lot of improvements to the extension’s communication with the main 1Password app, support for Firefox 7, and more.

Your browser should automatically update to the latest version of our extension. But if you want to get it right away, you can visit our extension download page or open the 1Password app, update if necessary, and go to 1Password > Install Browser Extensions.

As far as our next task after this release, we’re focusing on improving AutoSave, especially for Firefox users. If you give the new right-click features a try, let us know what you think in our forum!

New in beta for Chrome: Go & Fill from the Omnibox

Google Chrome and 1Password’s Go & Fill feature: two great tastes that, now, taste even better together.

As of 1Password extension version 3.8.2 beta 5 or later, you can now use Go & Fill right from Chrome’s Omnibox. All you need to do is type “1p”, hit Tab, then start typing a few letters to find the Login you need. Arrow to the relevant Login and hit Return to open it in the current tab. Slick, eh?

This trick should work in Chrome on both OS X and Windows as long as you have the latest versions of 1Password 3.8.x for Mac and 1.0.8 for Windows and opt into our beta extension by clicking the beta button on our extension download page. Heads up for Windows users though: the rest of our new extension interface hasn’t made it over quite yet. Also, just to make sure you’re rolling with the most up-to-date version of 1Password, use the built-in Check for Updates feature to check for the latest release.

As always, let us know what you think and submit bug reports in our forum!