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!

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!

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!

A 1Password extension beta is ready for Firefox 6 on Mac!

It’s time for the Return of the 1Password! Except in our version of this bad pun there are no cute, spear-wielding woodland teddy bear, just a powerful password and identity manager with a great new browser extension in beta for Firefox 6 on Mac!

Firefox new extension

That’s right, Mozilla quietly released Firefox 6, and 1Password 3.7.5 (our most current, non-beta public release) is ready for it on the Mac! If you want to try out the new extension right now, you’ll need to:

  • Make sure you have the latest 1Password by going to 1Password > Check for Updates
  • Update to Firefox 6
  • Install the beta Firefox extension
  • Restart Firefox

If you’d rather wait, we’re putting the finishing touches on 1Password 3.8 (now in public beta), which has the added perk of supporting Firefox 7 and 8 (which are both in various stages of development testing. I know, crazy right?). So what do Firefox 6 users get with our new extension? I’m glad you asked!

  • A much more useful slice of 1Password in your browser
  • An all-new gorgeous, flexible interface that fits much better into the way you work, whether you’re a mouse jockey or a keyboard shortcut ninja
  • A bunch of new keyboard shortcuts, including Tab and Shift-Tab to navigate between your Logins, Credit Cards, and Identities, and Right/Left arrows for viewing item details or getting back out to the list of all your items
  • A more visual way to browse, edit, and create new items. You can view key details of each item, copy them to the clipboard, and edit all without dropping what you’re doing to launch the main 1Password app
  • Fast, type-as-you-go search built-in for all item types
  • A new Settings panel built into the extension for toggling things like Universal Unlock (to also unlock the 1Password app) and AutoSubmit
  • and much more!

Please note that the new Firefox extension is only supported on Firefox 6 and above (due to some of the technical complexities between Mozilla’s previous releases), and we’re still working on implementing a few features from the previous Firefox extension version, such as right-click support and HTTP logins. If you’re using Firefox 3, 4, or 5 when 1Password 3.8 arrives, don’t worry: you’ll still be able to download the proper 1Password Firefox extension for your browser from this support document. We’re also working on adding support for our new extension to 1Password for Windows, so stay tuned there. Chrome users: ditto.

But for you Firefox 6 users out there, let us know what you think of the new beta extension in our forum!

1Password 3.5.12 is out for Leopard users!

Leopard logo

Ok Leopard users, this update is just for you—literally! Last month we released huge updates for Snow Leopard and Lion Mac users and Windows users, and now we have something special in store for those of you who are on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

1Password 3.5.12 is available now specifically for Leopard users, and it brings a couple of key additions. First up is support for Firefox 5 on Intel-based Macs. Why does our Firefox 5 support only work for Intel-based Macs, you ask? Mostly because, with version 5, Mozilla went Intel-only with Firefox.

The other big change in 1Password 3.5.12 for Mac involves Dropbox, and this one is for both Intel and PowerPC users on Leopard. Dropbox has an upgrade coming that makes some big changes under the hood, especially in regards to protecting some of its key database files and allow applications like 1Password to figure out where your Dropbox folder is. We worked with the company to support these changes and maintain a smooth experience for 1Password users. These changes arrived in our aforementioned updates last month, and now Leopard users will be prepared for Dropbox’s upgrade when it arrives.

As usual, if you’ve had your fill of cute cat videos and hyper-stylized photos for the day, you can read our full list of changes in 1Password 3.5.12 on our versions page. Leopard users who want to update can go to 1Password > Check for Updates.

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!

(Updated) 1Password 3.6 shakes hands with Firefox 5, Lion, and Fluid

Please return your seats to their upright positions and fire up your software update clicking fingers, because 1Password 3.6 is here!

As we previewed last month, there are some big new features and changes under the hood, so be sure to read the details below or in our release notes:

  • Firefox 5 support – Mozilla is stepping up its browser release schedule, and Firefox 5 officially comes out of beta tomorrow, Tuesday June 21. Now you can be ready for it a day early! Initially we support Firefox 5 on the Mac, and we’re working on Windows support. Because of Mozilla’s brisk new pace, though, we have dropped support for Firefox 3.x, so you’ll need at least 4.0 or 5.0 to use 1Password 3.6.
  • 10.7 Lion and Safari 5.1 support – We love what we’ve seen in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and Safari 5.1, which Apple plans to release sometime this summer. In fact, we’re so excited that we wanted to make sure you could use 1Password with Lion the day it ships! To help you arrive on Lion with style, we radically redesigned our Safari extension based on the beautiful Chrome extension we introduced last November. Plus, this new extension will work on Snow Leopard once Apple releases Safari 5.1 for users not yet on Lion.
  • Fluid support on Snow Leopard – 1Password has supported Fluid, Todd Ditchendorf’s app for creating site-specific browsers, for some time. Now that Fluid has gone 1.0, we updated 1Password to ensure Snow Leopard users can keep on browsing.
  • Support for 10.5 Leopard, PowerPC removed from 1Password - To keep 1Password lean, mean, and prepared for the future, we occasionally have to pick the right time to remove support for previous platforms. For 10.5 Leopard and PowerPC, that time is now. Our statistics show that those platforms have shrunk significantly in use among our customers, so removing them now makes it far easier to pave the way for some great new features that are coming in the not-too-distant future (for example, only about 5% are using Leopard, while over 7% are already on Lion!). It also helped us make some significant performance improvements and reduce 1Password’s file size by over 12 percent. If you use 1Password on Leopard or a PowerPC-based Mac, however, fear not: the app will not prompt you to auto-upgrade to a version that does not support your platform, and we will still answer your customer support questions. Plus, just in case, we keep all previous releases available from our 1Password versions page, all the way back to our very first public beta released in May 2006! Yep, it’s really been five years of 1Password.
  • Dropbox 1.2 support – Dropbox is making some key changes under the hood in an upcoming version 1.2 release, so we wanted to remain a step ahead. This is the same release that has been available as an experimental beta from Dropbox’s forums.

There are a ton more changes and fixes in this release! From tweaking our password strength meter to treat anything below nine characters as “weak”, to tidying up the About screen to mention our fresh new company name, 1Password 3.6 contains over 50 new features, changes, and fixes. You can go to 1Password > Check for Updates to kickstart our auto-upgrade process, or manually download a fresh, new, fully functioning 30-day trial from our 1Password page.

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!

Firefox 4, 1Password, and You

On March 22, the Mozilla Foundation unleashed Firefox 4 on the browser world. Firefox 4 betas have been available to adventurous users and beta testers for a while, but most users are just now upgrading. Since then, some users have upgraded and found 1Password’s lovely face to be missing.

The good news is that we have you covered. 1Password support for Firefox 4! 1Password users are frequently on the front end of the curve with new browser goodness, so 1Password has had [support for Firefox 4][1] since it was [in beta.][2] In order to get 1Password working in Firefox 4, you’ll just need to enable the Firefox 4-specific browser extension.

[1]: http://help.agile.ws/1Password3/firefox4_support.html
[2]: http://agilewebsolutions.com/products/1Password/versions#v30700

1. Quit Firefox and then go to the main 1Password application.
2. Make sure you’re using the latest release by choosing *1Password > Check for Updates…* from the menu bar.
3. Navigate to *1Password > Preferences > Browsers* and check Firefox 4. (If you’ve replaced Firefox 3 so it is no longer on your system, you can also uncheck Firefox 3.)
4. Launch Firefox and things should be back to normal.

![Browser preferences window][3]

[3]: http://help.agile.ws/1Password3/images/faq/1passwordff4.png

### But what if they’re not?

Firefox can be stubborn about extensions sometimes, so there are a few things to double check if 1Password is still missing from Firefox 4 after performing the above steps.

1. Check if the toolbar is just not enabled. You can enable the 1Password toolbar by checking the *View > Toolbars > 1Password Toolbar* menu.
2. Force [a full reinstall][4] of the Firefox extension. Sometimes Firefox holds on to old extension files and this can help clear things up.
3. Try a [fresh Firefox profile][5].

[4]: http://help.agile.ws/1Password3/missing_browser_icon.html#reinstall_the_extension_for_firefox
[5]: http://help.agile.ws/1Password3/firefox_flock_profiles.html