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 3.8.12 for Mac fixes Chrome, snack pack issues

Hello again, Agile Readers, and welcome to another episode of 1Password Updates! We have another minor yet exciting episode for you today—will that Chrome bug get squashed, could that fix get… fixed? Read on for the exciting conclusion!

Ok, let’s put that theme on hold and just cut to the chase. 1Password 3.8.12 for Mac for our web store customers isn’t a big feature release, but it’s a good bug fix release. In particular, we fixed a few lingering problems related to communicating with the Chrome extension, a few other general quirks in the 1Password Helper, and we are happy to say that 1Password weighed in at 1MB lighter on the file scale!

The full changelog goes a little something like this:

  • Now verifying 1PasswordAgent files exist within the 1Password.app package before removing and upgrading existing agent
  • Improved 1PasswordAgent communication with Google Chrome to avoid timeouts
  • Improved logging in 1PasswordAgent when communicating with web browsers
  • Reduced download size by just over 1 MB
  • Now opening the correct url when using the Help > Release Notes menu
  • Fixed crash of helper when attempting to unlock browser extension with a blank master password
  • Fixed problem preserving aspect ratio of software license icon images
  • Fixed problem deleting software item icon with the keyboard Delete key
As you might guess, if you use 1Password for Mac from our website, you can open it and go to 1Password > Check for Updates to grab this new version.

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!

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!

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 1.0.6 for Windows gets Firefox 5, System Tray support

We updated 1Password for Mac to support Firefox 5 and some other odds and ends, and now we’re back with a new Windows release!

1Password 1.0.6 for Windows brings a handful of handy new perks, and you can check out the full details of this release (and all previous versions) in our 1Password for Windows release notes. But if you’re the cliff notes type, let’s hit the highlights:

  • Firefox 5 support – Mozilla released the latest and greatest version of its browser this week, and 1Password for Windows is now ready for it
  • Chrome 13 support – Chrome 13 is currently in Google’s development/beta channel, but we’re able to support it now on Windows with this update
  • New “Close 1Password to System Tray” setting – Want 1Password to never be more than a System Tray click away? You got it
  • Lots of other changes – We now support Dropbox’s new configuration that is coming in version 1.2.x, we switched to a standard .ZIP format for backups, and we squashed plenty of bugs

This update is available now from our site or from 1Password’s Help > Check for Updates option. Enjoy!

A Sneak Peek At 1Password 3.6

After months of 1Password 3.6 beta testing by our valiant forum patrons and early adopters, we are pleased to say that 1Password 3.6, a free update for all v3 owners, is nearly ready for its public debut. This has been our longest running beta since version 3.0 debuted almost 2 years ago, and there’s some great stuff in here that we’re excited to show you.

1Password 3.6 is scheduled to be released in late Spring, and since it’s such a big deal, here’s a sneak peek at some of its highlights:

  • Lion support! We pounced on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion as soon as Apple unleashed it upon developers for testing. Lion is scheduled to ship sometime this summer, but 1Password 3.6 is primed and ready for it, including an all new Safari extension with a revamped interface that we introduced in our Chrome extension last November. As of this blog post, our extensions for Chrome and Firefox work fine with their current versions on Lion, too. Check out Dave’s post last weekend for a little more info on this new design.
  • Snow Leopard and Lion only: Now that 10.7 Lion is supported, 1Password 3.6 will retire support for 10.5 Leopard in order to keep 1Password lean and mean. Our stats show that a whopping 89% of 1Password users have upgraded to 10.6 Snow Leopard, while 3% are already on Lion (sounds like a lot of developers use 1Password!). This also means that 1Password 3.6 has gone Intel-only. As usual, though, we’ll keep 1Password 3.5.9 (and every version back to 0.8.0!) available for download on our 1Password release history page. If you’re on Leopard, 1Password 3’s built-in update tool will not auto-update you to version 3.6.
  • Firefox 4 only: To keep up with Google Chrome’s increased development cycle, Mozilla is doing things like dropping PowerPC support (Firefox 4 is Intel-only) and implementing its own auto-upgrade policies to usher remaining users away from Firefox 3.x as quickly as possible. In fact, Firefox 5 is already in beta, so we need to pick up our pace too (though stay tuned for news of our Firefox 5 extension). While 1Password 3’s update tool will not auto-update Leopard users, it will auto-update for Snow Leopard and Lion users regardless of Firefox version. If you prefer to stay on Firefox 3, please disable 1Password’s auto updater under 1Password > Preferences > Updates now.

1Password 3.6 has plenty of other improvements that we’ll detail soon in a more thorough post. But these are the big ticket items that we wanted to discuss ahead of time to help users decide on their upgrade plans. If you’re willing to help us beta test 1Password on Lion and you just can’t wait to check out version 3.6’s improvements, or you’ve already upgraded to Lion and you just need 1Password to work in Safari, go to 1Password > Preferences > Updates and enable the “include beta versions” option. Then hit the “check now” button and perform the upgrade. You can also check this forum post for more detailed instructions and screenshots.

Thanks for helping us test 1Password! We’re really excited about this version and supporting Lion, so join us in our forums to let us know what you think!

1Password Mac: New Chrome Extension + Beta!

I’ve been a huge fan of Google Chrome since its release on the Mac. It’s super fast and stable, and I love that even when I do run into a problem site, I don’t lose the rest of my open tabs, because each one is sandboxed — safely tucked away in a separate process.

When I joined the Agile team (wow…not even two weeks ago?) I was happy to find the team was hard at work on several important improvements to our Chrome extension. Today I am happy to say that we have an update to the 1Password Mac Chrome extension! (Windows update coming soon)

How to Update

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, 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!

For more information about 1Password and Chrome, check out our guide.

So What’s New?

Here are some highlights of what you’ll find in our latest release:

Manual Login Saving

It’s here! Now you can save new Login items within Chrome manually. After you have entered your login credentials for a site, just click the 1Password toolbar button to open the 1Password menu, and then click Save New Login.

 

 

Obscured Passwords

Passwords are now hidden when viewing the details of a Login item. You can show them by clicking the “Reveal” button which appears when you hover the mouse cursor over the password field. To hide them again, simply click the “Conceal” button. Nice!

 

Improved Autosubmit Support

Autosubmit has gotten even better! It can now properly handle several new situations, including less common cases where web sites use some very “unique” coding conventions :)

Improved Login Saving and Filling

Last but not least, many improvements have been made to how 1Password saves and fills Logins. We’ve improved the detection of which elements should be saved, added additional support for new HTML 5 elements, and now properly save and restore the state of checkbox fields.

 

These are the highlights of what’s new but there’s a lot of other cool things going on under the hood in our 1Password Mac Chrome extension that will make it possible to bring you even more exciting new features in the future.

Join The Chrome Beta Team

Now, for all you adventurous sorts out there: We’d love to have you join the beta team. Here’s how:

Getting Started

  1. Remove the official 1Password extension from Chrome (Window > Extensions > 1Password > Uninstall)
  2. Install the beta extension from our download site — simply click “Continue” and “Install” when prompted.
  3. Restart Chrome to make sure everything is updated.
  4. Enjoy! :D

Here’s the changelog so you can keep up-to-date on what’s changed. To report issues and leave feedback, head to the Chrome extension forum.

Back to Basics

If at any time you’d like to return to using the most recent stable version of the 1Password Chrome extension, simply do the following:
  1. Launch Chrome, go to Window > Extensions, and click the Uninstall link at the bottom of the 1Password extension listing.
  2. Quit Chrome
  3. Launch 1Password, go to Preferences > Browsers, and click the “Install Google Chrome Extension” button. (This will launch Chrome, and you will need to click “Continue” and “Install” when prompted.)

Again, this is Mac only at this time, but stay syndicated for future announcements! :)