Browser extension update out for Firefox Aurora, Chrome users

Firefox Aurora iconAre you a Firefox user who lives dangerously in Aurora territory? Is “pre-beta” your middle name? Well, we have a vodka martini browser extension update with your first name on it.

As par for the course, Mozilla has been hard at work on testing new features and next-generation paradigms in Firefox Aurora, the more-beta-than-beta version of its browser, which means we’ve had to update the 1Password extension to stay in step. If you use Aurora, our update is now live that should fix a few incompatibilities and get you back to logging in and filling forms with a click.

Google Chrome users can also look forward to some better Credit Card and Identity filling.

Safari users, well, you can sit this one out because all is well in Cupertino’s corner of the web.

Your browser should see 1Password extension 3.9.17 pretty soon and auto-update to it. While you wait, you could perhaps peruse the changelog and revel in that lifestyle of danger you got goin’ on.

1Password for Mac just gained 3.5 million more pixels

Yep, you read that right. Our valiant designer, Dan Peterson, just got done hand-crafting over three and a half million new pixels just for you, owners of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. And boy is his paint brush tired!

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Available now in the Mac App Store and from our site is a shiny, extremely high-res new version of 1Password. Accompanying all those new pixels are 130 new images for 1Password’s various interface elements, bringing 1Password’s total pixel count on a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display up to 4,746,049. Yowsa.

And just because some of you may not have seen our previous update, yes: 1Password is already fully prepared for OS X Mountain Lion (due out later this month) and Apple’s new sandboxing rules in the Mac App Store.

1Password 3.9.6 for Mac is a free upgrade for Mac App Store customers, and 1Password 3.8.20 for Mac is also free to our website customers. Enjoy!

Like 1Password for Mac? Like LaunchBar? Now you can use them together!

I’m going to venture a guess that you like 1Password. I’m going to step even further out on this precipitous limb and wager that you also like LaunchBar, the productivity utility from the fine folks of Objective Development. If I’m on solid footing here though, I have some good news for you: 1Password and LaunchBar are now great friends.

Available in LaunchBar’s nightly builds is all-new support for quickly searching and opening your 1Password Logins, tags, and folders. Yeah, you heard me right: the 1Password trifecta of logging in quickly is now built into a LaunchBar beta near you and, soon, the official shipping version.

It’s pretty easy to get going, too. Once you install and launch the LaunchBar beta build, it should automatically find your 1Password keychain (the 1Password index is enabled by default), so just start searching. You can type the first couple letters of a specific Login, tag, or folder, or you can type 1P, hit the right arrow on the 1Password entry, and browse through all your 1Password items right inside LaunchBar? How cool is that?

[Tip: you might have to go to LaunchBar > Preferences > Calculator and disable the "Switch to Calculator when typing a digit" option.]

We’re so excited and thankful to see LaunchBar gain such quick access to their 1Password items no matter what app they’re using. Thanks to everyone at Objective Development for making this happen!

1Password for Mac and iOS on sale to celebrate WWDC 2012!

Today kicks off Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco, and some of the AgileBits team is out there to partake of Apple’s engineering knowledge and make sure the local bars are properly stocked. But we figured we should celebrate Apple’s event with you too, so for a limited time, 1Password for Mac and 1Password Pro for iOS are on sale!

“How much on sale,” you ask? “For how long,” you wonder? Well: they’re both 20 percent off through Saturday, June 16, so when it’s gone, it’s gone. But don’t forget: no matter when you buy (or bought) 1Password for Mac in the Mac App Store, you get a free upgrade to 1Password 4 for Mac when we release it!

In other words: 1Password for Mac is just $39.99 in the Mac App Store, and 1Password Pro (the universal one for iPhone and iPad), is just $11.99 in the App Store. But only until the 16th. Whether you’ve been waiting to pick up 1Password or you know someone who could really use a copy, this is the perfect way to get on board.

1Password for Mac plays just fine in Apple’s sandbox

You may have heard the news that “Apple’s sandbox deadline has arrived” for the Mac App Store, and that it might cause headaches for some developers and their apps. There’s a lot to talk about in terms of this “sandbox” thing that Apple’s pushing, but I want to skip to the important part for you, our wonderful customers and readers: the Mac App Store version of 1Password has been ready for sandboxing since its debut in September 2011. For bonus points, the latest website and Mac App Store versions are even ready for Mountain Lion, too!

That means you have nothing to worry about as to whether Apple’s sandboxing rules will affect 1Password and its many excellent features. Our valiant developers started doing a ton of work on 1Password a long time ago—as soon as we heard sandboxing was coming to OS X. AgileBits has been humming along just fine since then, dreaming up new features, listening closely to your feedback, staying one step ahead in security, and building new foundation for the future of 1Password.

Now, if you’re interested to learn more about sandboxing and what it means for both developers and users, we’ve discussed it a little bit here on the Agile Blog. In a nutshell: Apple realized that if it added some restrictions to the files and parts of the system that applications can access, OS X can become more secure and resilient to malware or your typical rogue app. I guess you could say Apple gave these rules a test drive in iOS, since that’s how its apps have worked since the original iPhone in 2007.

Generally speaking, most users probably won’t notice any difference in day-to-day use of Mac App Store apps. But Apple’s new sandboxing restrictions for apps in its store can pose challenges for some developers whose apps have had free reign all these years. In some cases, developers might have to change or remove features, but some might have to remove their apps from the Mac App Store entirely. Again, 1Password has fortunately been prepared for these rules for nearly a year.

As for our previous posts on sandboxing and why Apple is doing it, you can check out Jeff’s posts about Gatekeeper, a feature coming to OS X that gives you control over how you install new apps.

1Password Power Tip [Mac]: Use 1Click Bookmarks just about anywhere besides your browser

Boy, it sure is easy to log into sites from 1Password or the 1Password browser extension; after all, that’s kind of the point. But what if you want that easy access from other apps, or a way to organize Logins related to a certain project with all the other stuff for that project? We’ve got you covered.

You know 1Password’s 1Click Bookmarks feature, the one that enables you to create bookmarks that log you in with a single click? Well, your browser’s toolbar isn’t the only place those can live. Put simply: you can drag a 1Click Bookmark into almost any app. Think about that for a second.

A 1Click Bookmark in an OmniFocus task note, complete with its title from 1Password!

So, to start with the example that our intrepid Code Wrangler, Jamie Phelps, posted to his blog: you could create a new task in OmniFocus to remind you to check in on a website and, to make your task easier when the time comes, drag that site’s Login from 1Password into OmniFocus’s task creation window. Later, when it’s time to get things done, you can click your 1Click Bookmark from OmniFocus to open the site, unlock the 1Password extension (if necessary), and get to checking off that box even more quickly.

A 1Click Bookmark in iCal

If iCal is more your thing, you could create a new event or reminder to, say, buy flowers for your special someone or pay off your credit card. Drag your Login for 1-800-FLOWERS.com or your bank into the iCal editor’s URL field, and later on you can click the bookmark you created in iCal to automatically log into its site—all without touching 1Password or even needing to manually open your browser.

Heck, you can even drag 1Click Bookmarks to your desktop or the document side of your Dock if that’s how you roll. If OS X or an app supports clickable URLs and files, you should be able to drag over your 1Password Login to make it easier and faster to log into sites and get things done.

New Problem for Old FileVault users

FileVault iconIf you have been using Apple’s FileVault to encrypt your home folder on OS X, read on. There is an important security bug and action you should take. This is an Apple security issue that does not affect 1Password 3 or Knox for Mac, but it is an important enough issue that I’m announcing it here.

This only affects those who had set up FileVault to encrypt their Home Folders (not the entire disk) prior to OS 10.7 (Lion) and have since upgraded to Lion 10.7.3. If you don’t use FileVault, or if you use FileVault to encrypt your entire disk, all is fine on your system.

Very simply, if you use FileVault on your Home Folder (something that can only be set up prior to OS X 10.7) then a bug in OS X 10.7.3 is logging your OS X login password in system logs. This is described in an article on ZDNet’s Zero Day Blog.

If you are among the affected users, then you should

  1. Go to System Preferences > Security > FileVault and change your settings to encrypt the entire disk. That is, you should use the much improved FileVault in OS X Lion.
  2. Change your OS X Login Password through account preferences

There will be other concerns as well, as your old password (usable for decrypting Time Machine backups) may still be available to other administrator users on your system. This typically isn’t a concern for home users, but it can be important for Mac in an office environment.

As David Emery, a discoverer of this problem, said in his report.

carefully built crypto has a unfortunate tendency to consist of three thick impregnable walls and a picket fence in the back with the gate left open … Nobody breaks encryption by climbing the high walls in front when the garden gate is open for millions of machines.

Alfred 1.2 for Mac is out with 1Password 1Click Bookmark superpowers!

Remember how Alfred, the excellent productivity utility from Running With Crayons, integrated 1Password 1Click Bookmarks in a recent beta? We’re happy to say those crazy colorers wrapped up the beta, and Alfred 1.2 is out!

If you use Alfred and you have its PowerPack which adds some great extra features, you can now quickly browse your 1Password Logins right inside Alfred, then open one to login with your default browser—all with a couple strokes of your keyboard no matter what app you’re using. Simply invoke Alfred, type “1p,” hit Return on the “1Password Bookmark ‘…'” option, and type a couple letters of the Login you have in mind. Then hit Return and watch the magic happen.

Use the 1P trigger in Alfred to get to your 1Password logins quickly!

This has been one of Alfred’s most popular feature requests for a while, and we’re honored that they put this together so well. Alfred 1.2 is a free update from Running With Crayons for website customers who have the PowerPack add-on (sorry, Mac App Store Alfred users, but Apple doesn’t allow the tech in the store that powers this 1Password+Alfred integration). Just grab the update, open Alfred’s preferences, and check out the new 1Password sidebar item for a powerful and quick new way to open your 1Password Logins!

Use Alfred for Mac to quickly open 1Password Logins

(UPDATE: This is no longer a prerelease feature, you can use it right now!)

If you’re like many enterprising Mac users, you probably use a utility like Alfred, a great productivity booster shot that lets you open apps, move files, search specific websites, control iTunes, and much more with just a few keyboard strokes. Thanks to an Alfred release now in beta, you can count 1Password among its special tricks.

A new option in Alfred 1.2’s sidebar lets you turn on 1Password integration. Click it, enable the option, and click Reload Bookmarks. Now, whenever you want to log into a site quickly even if you aren’t in your browser, you can:

  • toggle Alfred (Option-Space by default)
  • type “1P” and a space
  • type a couple letters of a Login you want to open
  • hit Enter to automatically open that Login in your default browser like a boss (if 1Password is locked, you’ll need to unlock it, but the auto-login process will continue. Also like a boss)

Use the 1P trigger in Alfred to get to your 1Password logins quickly!

If you’re a Chrome user experiencing a little déjà vu, you’re not crazy; this works a lot like our fancy Chrome 1P trick. But this Alfred integration has been a pretty popular feature request, so we’re happy and thankful to see the Alfred folks crank it out.

To get on Alfred’s beta channel, you have to be running the website version, not the Mac App Store version:

  • Go to Alfred’s preferences (just activate it and hit Command-,), then the General panel, then the Updates tab
  • Enable the “pre-release” option and check for updates

That’s it! You are now free to move about your Mac and log into sites more quickly, thanks to Alfred’s new 1Password integration!