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1Password is a Mac App Store Best of 2013, so let’s have a saleabration!

MAS best of 2013

It’s only Tuesday, but I think it’s safe to say this is already one of our Best Weeks of 2013.

Yesterday we woke up to the wonderful news that Macworld gave us a 2013 Editors’ Choice Award, and this morning Apple says 1Password is one of the Best Apps of 2013!

To celebrate such wonderful presents, we spiked some eggnog, then we spiked our 1Password for Mac price by 30 percent so everyone can enjoy simple, convenient security over the holidays.

If you’ve had your eye on 1Password for Mac or it would make a great gift for someone, now is the perfect time. The sale ends with 2013.

Apple says 1Password for Mac goes “Better Together” with iPhone and iPad

I mean, it’s one thing for us to say 1Password for Mac works great with 1Password Pro for iOS.  But then, it’s a whole ‘nother thing to hear it straight out of Apple!

In the Better Together section of the Mac App Store that highlights apps that work and sync well across OS X and iOS, Apple listed 1Password among some excellent company. Thanks Apple! It’s always nice to get a second opinion.

Even Apple recommends 1Password for your new 13-inch retina MacBook Pro!

You’ve probably heard the news by now that Apple did the retina thing to the 13-inch MacBook Pro. But did you see Apple’s recommendation for apps you should run on its second resolutionary MacBook? Yeah, that’s right: 1Password, among others.

You can already stream Apple’s October 2012 event online, and around 21 minutes into it, Phil Schiller recommended a collection of retina-friendly apps in the Mac App Store. Naturally, 1Password for Mac is included since it went retina-ready for the 15-inch retina MacBook Pro back in July.

Thanks Phil! We can’t wait to check out 1Password for Mac on the beautiful new 13-inch retina MacBook Pro.

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 3.9.4 is waiting for Mac App Store customers

Fire up those Mac App Stores and click those Updates tabs ladies and gentlemen, because 1Password 3.9.4 is waiting to do your bidding.

This is a minor (and free) update that brings a few bug fixes and one key new feature: support for multiple browser profiles for Chrome and Firefox users. This has been a big request lately, and we’re happy to answer the call. We also improved a number of localizations in this release.

If you want to start rolling with multiple profiles in Chrome and Firefox right away, you’ll need the 3.9 beta version of our browser extension (we’re wrapping up work on it and hope to ship the final version soon). To opt into our beta extension, open 1Password and go to 1Password > Install Browser Extensions to open our extension download page. Click the beta option on that page and install any extensions you need. Alternatively, you can just wait a little bit and we should have the 3.9 version of our browser extension out soon.

Check out our forum for the rest of 1Password 3.9.4’s changelog, or just open Mac App Store to see the release notes and grab your copy.

1Password updates are out with some nice new perks

They say “good things come in pairs.” Or maybe it’s “to those who wait.” Hang on, who is “they” anyway?

Before we get wrapped up in colloquialisms, let’s tackle something a little easier: the new perks that both our Mac App Store and website customers can enjoy in a pair of 1Password updates we released. We’ve added the usual round of all-natural performance enhancements and polish (honest: AgileBits is a steroid-free company!). Mac App Store customers can check the “What’s New” section in the store, and website customers can check our version history page.

These updates are waiting for you, right now, up in the Agile Cloud. Here’s how to grab them:

  • Mac App Store customers: Open the Mac App Store and go to the Updates tab
  • Website customers: Go to 1Password > Check for Updates

Apple names 1Password among Best of Mac App Store 2011

If you are like the rest of us, you probably woke up this morning and said to yourself “la dee da, today will be just another day in the Mac App Store.” Like the rest of us, you were a little off the mark.

To our surprise, Apple announced the Best of Mac App Store 2011 today, and it’s a pretty great list of some of the best apps you really should own. Pixelmator won App of the Year, and and Civilization V scored Game of the Year. But wait, what’s that nestled in the Best Apps of 2011 among such great peers as Day One, Fantastical, and Flare?

Why, it’s 1Password! We’re delighted to get this recognition from Apple, and honored that you, our Agile Customers, helped us add this feather to our cap.

1Password, the Mac App Store, and you

Yes, you read that headline right, and no, your eyes do not deceive you. After months of arduous work from our developers, and tons of tweets, forum requests, and sacrificial offerings from you fine folks and even customers-to-be, we are elated to announce 1Password for Mac is now in the Mac App Store.

MAS banner

What’s new?

Our Mac App Store release is version 3.9, and it’s a significant update from version 3.8 on our website. Even though it’s not the 4.0 upgrade we have in the works, 1Password 3.9 packs some fantastic new features, like:

  • A brand new system-wide menu bar item with access to Go & Fill, toggling AutoSubmit, and locking and opening the 1Password app. We’ve had a ton of requests for this feature over the years and we’re really excited to get it out there
  • Full Screen mode on Lion
  • Even tighter security on Lion with PBKDF2 Calibration and compliance with Apple’s upcoming “sandboxing” rules to prevent 1Password from having access to any files it doesn’t need to touch
  • An all-new setup process to help new users find their way around and get browser extensions installed
  • Much more!

This is also our first release that is Lion-only. Like The Omni Group and our other esteemed peers, we’ve seen unprecedented Lion adoption from our customers. When we considered all the work we’ve done to prepare 1Password for the Mac App Store, the security benefits Lion had to offer, and the incredible pace at which Mac users are picking up Lion, we decided this was the right time.

If you’re on Snow Leopard though, don’t worry. 1Password 3.8 isn’t disappearing from our website anytime soon, and we like to take care of our customers (heck, we still answer email support questions for our Leopard and even Tiger customers, and Tiger came out over six years ago!). In fact, we just released 1Password 3.8.5 at the same time 1Password 3.9 debuted in the store, and it has something the Mac App Store version doesn’t (yet): support for the WebKit browser.

You have questions, we have answers

We know the Mac App Store transition evokes a lot of questions, and we’ve been listening in our forum, on Twitter, and elsewhere. How much does the Mac App Store version cost? Can I transition my 3.x license into the store? What about family licenses? What else is different in the Mac App Store version?

We’ve created an FAQ in our forum to address a lot of the common questions, so please check out that thread and browse and search the other threads our customers have created. Folks have been asking questions in our forum so it’s a great place for us to answer the same question from many customers at once. But to get you started, I’ll try to address some of the biggest questions here.

Can I transition my existing 1Password 3.x license into the Mac App Store?

We would love to give you a way to transition your license, but Apple doesn’t allow it at this time in the Mac App Store, and hasn’t shown signs of changing that policy (trust me: it’s something we’ve all been asking for since Apple previewed the store in fall 2010). However, we have some good news in the FAQ just above this one to help customers transition into the store.

I can’t/don’t want to upgrade to Lion, what about me?

We love to take care of our customers and 1Password 3.8 will continue to be available for download from our changelog page, just like many versions are all the way back to (as of this writing) 2.12, an update to our 2.x version that was released almost two years ago.

But this is also where a huge advantage of our major extension redesign comes into play. Because we can now update our extension independently from the main 1Password app, and because Safari, Firefox, and Chrome all auto-update their extensions, we can keep 1Password 3.8 users current with browser updates right alongside 3.9 and 4.0 users. So even if you stick with the 3.8.x versions, your 1Password and browser extensions can stay compatible with browser updates for quite a while.

Still have questions? Join us in the forum!

Like I said, we know there are going to be a lot of questions over this transition and we’re happy to help. While we love comments here on the blog, our forum is the best place to get current and quick support right now. In fact, your question may have already been answered there, so please check our Mac App Store FAQ or search our main forum, but if all else fails, feel free to create a new thread and we’ll be happy to help!