Yay! Firefox 4 beta 7, let's dance!

By which I mean Snoopydance, naturally. I’m happy to tell you that the latest 1Password for Mac beta (3.5.1 beta 2, as of this writing) introduces support for Firefox 4 beta 7! We said late last week that we hoped we wouldn’t have to keep you nice folks waiting too long, and Developer Chad really came through of all of us.

There’s still room for improvement, like HTTP auth and 32-bit support, but we’re very excited to push this out the door and into your hands as quickly as possible. You will need the latest 1Password for Mac beta for this, and the best way to get that is from within 1Password itself:

  1. Run 1Password and click 1Password > Preferences > Updates.
  2. Enable the “Include beta versions” option.
  3. Click the “Check Now” button.

If you’re not really keen on using a beta of 1Password for Mac, no worries, we’ll likely have it out of beta soon enough. If you decide to install it, though, and you’d like to provide feedback, we’re always happy to hear what you’ve got to say, whether in our forums (the best way) or via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.

New "Foxy" beta in town

Twitters been all a-titter with glowing praise for all of Firefox 4 beta 7’s newshiny niftiness. There’s the blazing speed, for example. The extensions are a given, of course. Then there’s this new Panorama thing they’ve got goin’ on. All really cool stuff, but there’s one thing missing, and your tweets tell us you’ve noticed: 1Password.

We’re all geeks on the 1Password team: passionate about technology and eager to get our grubby paws on the latest gear and cutting-edge application builds. But come on, Firefox team, couldn’t we have just a little time to enjoy our new Chrome extension’s buzz? Oh. You don’t develop with us in mind, is that what you’re saying? I see. Well, all right then.

I know that 1Password not working is a deal-breaker for many, and we take your faith in us really seriously. To be honest, the easiest thing for us to do would be to simply insist on not supporting beta software, but that would make a lot of our 1Password family members very sad, and that would make us sad. The tricky thing about supporting beta software, though, is that sometimes things change overnight and we have to scramble to accommodate those changes. That’s what’s happened with Firefox 4 beta 7.

Developer Chad has been playing with beta 7 and he’s made some great progress. We can’t talk timeframes but we’re really hoping that we won’t have to keep everybody waiting for very long. (I can’t play with Panorama ‘til 1Password’s working, so I’m cheering Chad on along with all of you.)

As always, for the latest news, keep an eye on our forums and Twitter feed.

Thanks for your patience and words of encouragement!

1Password 3 Feature Spotlight: Edit in Browser

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You’re busy. You have stuff to do, your boss or professor has more stuff for you to do, and sometimes the last thing you want to deal with is changing a 1Password Login or updating a Credit Card so you can finish your online shopping and get back to avoiding all that stuff. This is why 1Password 3 takes integration to a whole new level, letting you edit your information in the browser on the fly, without opening 1Password itself.

This new feature, covertly called “Edit in Browser,” is exactly what it sounds like: it lets you make changes to your Logins, Credit Cards, and Identities simply from 1Password’s browser extension. You can even delete items if the situation calls for it.

You can access Edit in Browser from the 1Password extension, either via the “1P” button in your browser’s toolbar, or the 1Password menubar item that you can enable for other supported apps like NetNewsWire. To edit a Login, Credit Card, or Identity, hold the Shift key when mousing over those menus in the 1P button (note for Firefox users: you have to hold Shift before you click the 1P button). You’ll see an “Edit” badge appear before each item – click it.

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The window that appears is the bread and butter of Edit in Browser (click the image above for a larger view). You have full control to change information, add tags (new!) and attachments (new!), and even customize the security access level of the item. When you’re done, simply click “Save Changes” at the bottom right of the Edit in Browser window, and go back on about your business. In and out in record time, and you don’t even have to touch the 1Password app.

If you need to delete an item quickly, hold Shift+Option in the 1P button. The “Edit” badge will instead be “Delete,” and any item that suffers your mouse click will be moved to 1Password’s trash, awaiting its final sentencing. You can also use the “Move to Trash” button from the Edit in Browser window to trash an item.

We hope you enjoy Edit in Browser, and as always, we love to hear your thoughts on new features like this. Be sure to check out the rest of our Feature Spotlight series that goes in-depth on new 1Password 3 features, including iPhone sync, Software Licenses, and 1PasswordAnywhere.

1Password 3 Feature Spotlight: 1PasswordAnywhere

Now that we’ve outed some of 1Password 3’s hottest new features, it’s time to start exploring some of them in our Feature Spotlight series. First up is one of our most-requested features: 1PasswordAnywhere.

1Password is a Mac application, but what about the times when you’re visiting that one family member for the holidays who hasn’t switched yet, and you need your webmail password? Maybe you’re on Linux at work, or simply someone else’s Mac, and you need to quickly look up some FTP credentials or a Secure Note? If you don’t sync 1Password with one of our 1Password touch apps for iPhone and iPod touch, 1PasswordAnywhere has you covered.

As the successor to my1Password, which we began working on in 2007, 1PasswordAnywhere allows you to view your 1Password keychain anywhere you have a modern browser and an Internet connection or other access to your keychain. Whether you keep (or copy) your keychain on a USB thumb drive or use Dropbox, our favorite syncing service, you can now decrypt and view your keychain on Windows and Linux PCs virtually anywhere you are. This provides the convenience of always having your keychain with you (no matter what computer you’re on) while ensuring that your data is kept as secure and encrypted as possible.

How to use 1PasswordAnywhere

1PasswordAnywhere (1PA) is built into every Agile Keychain used by 1Password 3. To use 1PA when away from your Mac and 1Password, you will need access to your Agile Keychain using something like a USB thumb drive or online with Dropbox. Here’s a short run-through on how to use 1PasswordAnywhere:

  1. On non-Mac operating systems your keychain will appear as a regular folder (don’t worry, all your data is still very secure. Open that folder
  2. Open the first file inside of your keychain, called 1Password.html, in a modern browser like Firefox or Safari (sorry IE users, but it’s going to take some extra time to get 1PA working in your browser)
  3. You will be greeted with a password prompt. Enter your Master Password, and you can view and copy all your data from a replication of 1Password 3’s new UI

In fact, your keychain will appear as a folder in Dropbox, and there is no need to download it. Just click the 1Password.html file, as 1PasswordAnywhere will “do the right thing” and run properly in your browser.

Note to MobileMe iDisk users: Many of our customers have reported that iDisk is too slow for syncing 1Password keychains, so we strongly recommend against using it. However, you can place a copy of your keychain on your iDisk before going on a trip and download a copy later to access 1PasswordAnywhere. Unfortunately, you cannot start 1PasswordAnywhere straight from me.com like you can with Dropbox.

What you can do with 1PasswordAnywhere

You will find that you can view all of your data is in 1PasswordAnywhere, including Logins, Identities, Secure Notes, Software Licenses, Wallet Items, generated Passwords, and even the Trash. You can copy and paste information into shopping carts and login forms, and your Login passwords are hidden until you click “reveal” next to each one.

Watch the demo video above to see 1PasswordAnywhere in action on Windows and a Mac. In a nut, 1PasswordAnywhere is your 1Password home away from 1Password.

David Chartier
Chief Media Producer, Agile Web Solutions

1Password is ready for Firefox 3.5

Firefox_logo.pngBy now you probably know that Mozilla has released Firefox 3.5 with a slew of new features and enhancements. But we’re sure that Firefox-slinging 1Password users are all wondering the same question: is it safe to update yet?

Fortunately, the answer is yes! We tested 1Password with Firefox 3.5 through the beta period and didn’t run into any issues. Just to be on the safe side, you should probably update 1Password to the latest 2.9.21 version that we released yesterday. That said, if you run into any issues, be sure to let us know in our 1Password support forum or here on the blog.

David Chartier
Chief Media Producer, Agile Web Solutions