Extension Tip: Keyboard shortcuts aplenty

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Photo credit: Anderson Mancini

It’s Monday, which means it’s time to jumpstart your week with copious amounts of coffee or tea and some great keyboard shortcuts for our new browser extension!

One of the great things about this new extension format is that it’s much friendlier to both mouse cowboys and keyboard ninjas. We’ve had great feedback from mouse users in our forum, so I wanted to post some tips to help you Live By The Keyboard types to get around in the extension more quickly. Keep in mind, though, that the tips below are written assuming that you have AutoSubmit enabled in the extension’s Settings panel, which is at the bottom of the list.

1Password Extension 101

A refresher course on two of our long-standing default shortcuts couldn’t hurt: Command + \ still opens the 1Password browser extension and displays any available Logins for the current page, while Command + Option + \ takes you straight to All Logins (ProTip: you can customize those shortcuts by going to 1Password > Preferences > Logins).

If your selection is on a Login in the “Logins for this page” panel, the Return key will AutoFill that Login into the current browser tab and AutoSubmit it. If you hit Return on a Login on the All Logins panel, you can sit back and watch 1Password open a new browser tab, take you to that Login’s URL, AutoFill your Login, then AutoSubmit.

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Our new extension has some new shortcuts up its sleeve, too. You can hit Tab and Shift-Tab to cycle down and up (respectively) through the different item sections (Logins for this page, All Logins, Wallet, Identities, Strong Password Generator, and Settings).

When you find the section you want to browse, the up and down arrow keys will let you browse through your items. The right arrow key will let you view the details of the currently selected item, while the left arrow key will—wait for it—get you back out to the item list. In any list of items you can begin typing to instantly filter those items.

If you’re done using the extension but prefer to keep your hands on F and J, a quick flick of the Escape key will dismiss the 1Password extension popover and let you get on about your business.

Extra Credit

While we do not currently have a keyboard shortcut to lock the extension, you can certainly click the lock icon at the bottom of the popover. If you really want a keyboard shortcut, though, you could set up a utility like Alfred, LaunchBar, or anything else that can run Terminal commands with this:

open x-onepassword-agent://extension/lock

Bind a keyboard shortcut for it and enjoy the system-wide convenience of locking your browser extension no matter which app you’re in.

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I hope these tips can help you enjoy 1Password to its fullest potential: helping you to get in, Login, and get back to what you’re doing as quickly as possible.

Retrospective: One month of Lion and 1Password

It’s been just over a month since Apple released OS X Lion and quite literally reversed the definitions of “up” and “down”. At least when it comes to scrolling. And only if you don’t go to System Preferences > Trackpad/Mouse and disable “Natural Scrolling”. But I digress.

Time flies when you’re fervently updating 1Password and releasing all-new browser extensions for such massive releases as Safari 5.1, Firefox 6.0, and Chrome 143.28.852, or whatever version they’re up to today. In fact, when I tally everything up, we’ve released over 40 updates in the past five weeks across our Mac, Windows, Safari, Firefox, and Chrome editions of 1Password—and that doesn’t even include beta releases for testing! But that long list of updates *does* include a completely redesigned extension interface and a lot of improvements, changes, nips, tucks, and bug fixes—all thanks to your awesome feedback in our forum.

Big transitions like new OS X releases—especially one like Lion which made so many major changes to both over- and under-the-hood technologies—and Firefox 6 are never easy, and we know 1Password has had a bumpy ride over the last month. I want to thank you all for your great feedback in our forum and here on the blog, as well as your patience as we fix bugs and polish 1Password to be a great Lion and cross-browser citizen.

Moving forward, we have a lot of great stuff in store. Our top priorities are polishing the new extension for all platforms (including getting it ready for Windows browsers!), improving the Firefox 6 experience, and bringing the extension to Chrome. Of course, we have a couple other buns in the oven, but we’re not quite ready to get the butter out of the fridge, if you follow my meaning. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

Thanks again for being the best customers a small software shop could ask for. We’ll keep the 1Password updates coming, and we can’t wait to hear from you in our forum.

1Password 3.8 for Mac is out with support for Firefox 6/7 and a new extension setup process

Well that was quick. If it seemed like only yesterday that we released a 1Password 3.8 beta for Mac and initial support for Firefox 6 on the Mac, that’s because it was.

Today we’re happy to say that 1Password 3.8 for Mac is out of beta and so is our Firefox extension. Besides gaining support for Firefox 6 and 7 on the Mac, this 1Password update brings a great change to our extension installation process that’s been a long time coming. We have a new 1Password > Install Extensions menu option, as well as a Preferences > Browsers redesign, that takes you straight to our fancy new extension installation page. This will ensure that you get the latest version of our extensions that are regularly updated for this brave yet crazy new world of break-neck browser release schedules.

In short: if you upgrade to Firefox 6, grab 1Password 3.8 and use our new extension installation page to get the extension you need.

I should also mention that, while we have brought our new extension format to Firefox 6, we haven’t been able to bring all features back, such as right-click and HTTP auth support. We’re working on those. Also, if you need extensions for previous versions of Firefox, you can snag em from our legacy extension page. We know not everyone is always ready to upgrade their browser right away, so we’re trying to keep things as simple and available as possible for our users.

So check out the 1Password 3.8 for Mac update and the new Firefox 6 extension and let us know what you think in our forum!

We have big improvements thanks to big new 1Password and extension updates

It may feel like a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but today is the three week mark for Apple’s release of Lion and Safari 5.1. In that short time you’ve given us tremendous feedback in our forum and here on the blog, and we’ve been listening intently with a completely redesigned extension interface and lots of fixes. Now we’re back with another great round of gigantic performance improvements and bugs that, fortunately, are no longer with us.

Now starring in 1Password 3.7.5 and 1Password extension for Safari 3.7 (fresh out of beta!):

  • Huge, huge improvements to the data sync process between 1Password and the Safari extension
  • Ever experienced the Data Not Available error? That error is what’s no longer available, thanks to our sync fixes! (see what I did there?)
  • Did you have issues with Universal Unlock? They should be universally gone!
  • Any problems with AutoSubmit or being asked to re-save existing Logins? These updates should auto-fix them! (Note: we still recommend that you disable Safari’s name and password filling option under Safari > Preferences > AutoFill)
  • Did keyboard shortcuts feel not-so-shortcut-y? These updates should get you back up to speed
  • Did copy to clipboard ever fail you? Copy away!
  • Big Edit Mode improvements in the extension: you can now view your passwords and pressing the Return key will now save changes instead of dismiss the popover
  • The Strong Password Generator‘s password strength indicator should once again update live as you change settings
  • Fill Login once again works on Twitter login pages and other sites that have multiple login forms
  • There’s a new welcome screen to help both new and seasoned 1Password vets learn their way around the new extension
  • We now display an update page to notify you when Safari silently updates our extension. This allows you to review the release notes, plus it reminds you to restart Safari
  • We have a new Settings > Troubleshooting option with your current 1Password and extension version numbers, release notes, useful statistics, and notifications when updates are available
  • Deleted items should stop reappearing in 1Password’s trash
  • Fixed Fill Login shortcut when there is only one login available but the domain didn’t match perfectly

That new Troubleshooting page I mentioned in the Settings tab should prove useful for helping to diagnose and solve problems. It can tell you which versions of the extension and app you’re running, as well as some other data that can help us diagnose issues. If you run into a quirk, definitely check this page out for some easy fixes that can help you get back on your feet quickly.

I’d also like you to check out that new Getting Started tutorial I mentioned for users who install the new extension for the first time. It’s designed to help 1Password users from all walks of life—whether you just installed our trial or you’re one of our biggest fans—get used to the basics of the new extension. If you have thoughts on this tutorial, I’d love to hear them in the comments.

How to update

You can check for updates in 1Password by going to 1Password > Check for Updates, and Safari should auto-update our extension for you soon. If you want to update immediately and need some help on how to do so, please check this support document for instructions.

As usual, let us know how things are going in the Agile forum, where our support folks and fantastic community stand ready and waiting to talk 1Password, updates, troubleshooting, and anything else on your mind!

Quickie update: 1Password 3.7.1 for Mac is out

This is just a quick note to let you know that 1Password 3.7.1 is out of beta! While this doesn’t bring anything major like a much-improved new Safari extension, it does bring a few perks and fixes such as:

  • Improved AutoSubmit in Safari extension
  • Now support updating Autosave and Autosubmit settings made in Safari 5.1 extension
  • Improved error logging
  • Improved diagnostics

To grab the update, you can open 1Password and go to 1Password > Check for Updates to set our download gnomes to work.

It's here

What’s here? Oh nothing… just the most fantastic 1Password extension design for Lion and Safari 5.1 on Snow Leopard of all time.

Of.all.time.

Why release it on a Sunday?

Because we love you. We’ve been working around the clock to get you a new extension worthy of Lion and we didn’t want to wait. Seriously: on Saturday afternoon, I was in the middle of rollerblading Chicago’s lakefront when our fearless leader IM’d me to say the team had finished a public beta of the new version. I cut my workout short so I could start drafting this post in the middle of Millenum Park. That’s how excited we are about this.

We.love.you.

What’s so fantastic about it?

Everything. The interface has been completely Dan-ified and the autofilling has been Roustem-ized. This is a total revamp of our new extension based on the greatest feedback we could ever hope for: yours. We’ve added so many features and fixes that I’m honestly not sure if I should even try to stuff them all into this post, so check our extension changelog for the full story. Otherwise, check out the cliff notes and a screenshot gallery below:

  • A gorgeous, streamlined, and powerful new version of our extension interface. Also: gorgeous
  • You can now launch 1Password from the new Settings panel
  • Yeah you read that right: There’s a new Settings panel inside the extension for toggling things like AutoUnlock, AutoSubmit, whether passwords are concealed, and our web-based user guide
  • Navigate your Vault categories (Logins, All Logins, Identities, Credit Cards) with Tab and Shift-Tab
  • View an item’s details without opening 1Password by clicking its right arrow or pressing your right arrow key
  • Copy any detail to the clipboard from an item’s detail view by mousing over it and clicking—great for logging into Flash sites!
  • Go & Fill once again opens a new tab when used from the All Logins panel inside the extension (our default Command-Option-\ shortcut is a fan favorite!)
  • Search liberated for all item views, not just Logins. Typing in any list view does exactly what you think it should
  • AutoSubmit greatly improved
  • Don’t like a password that our Strong Password Generator gave you? Click the Strong Password Generator’s icon to get a new one

How to update

Safari can update our extension automatically (an advantage of our new format), but in this case we’d like to ask you to do it manually by following this guide for how to install and update both our 1Password extension and update the 1Password app. A key factor in that guide: once the extension update is done, please quit Safari with Command-Option-Q. You’ll lose all your open tabs and windows, so bookmark any as necessary. This ensures Safari restarts and loads our new extension with a clean slate.

Moving forward

I could go on for at least a couple more paragraphs about how excited we are for this new design and why, but something tells me you’d rather check it out for yourself. We know we still have our work cut out for us since some features, like the AutoSave UI and “never for this site” option, are still missing. But we believe this is a great new direction for our 1Password extension, and we hope you do too.

So go give the new extension a test drive, check out the new features, and let us know what you think in our forums!