Come one, come all, and get your 1Password 3 public beta


You’ve waited patiently, commented, posted in our forums, and tweeted about getting your hands on a public beta of 1Password 3. Some of you probably even sent smoke signals and carrier pigeons, and we apologize if we missed them (though I think one of the latter failed to miss my wife’s car). After all this, I am quite thrilled to be able to tell you that today is the day.

If you check out our Downloads page, you will find a new 1Password 3 public beta link. In the spirit of the whole “public” thing, this is open to all users running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard. Just like Lieutenant Commander Data, the public beta is fully functional, so you can help us test all the new features and jump on our Early Bird upgrade discount as a thank you for being the valiant beta tester that you are.

A crucial note before trying the 1Password 3 public beta

If you’re still using the Mac OS X Keychain to store your 1Password data, you will need to upgrade to the Agile Keychain before trying 1Password 3. Because of some complexities of the Mac OS X Keychain, you will run into a number of tedious and unnecessary security prompts if you are still using it to store your 1Password data and upgrade to version 3. If you perform the Agile Keychain upgrade in that User Guide document I linked, you should have smooth sailing when you fire up 1Password 3.

Go forth, and beta

Since we’re calling this the “1Password 3 public beta,” you may have deduced by now that this is, in fact, a beta. The “public” bit betrays our confidence that this release is pretty solid, but the “beta” says that we may still have a few wrinkles to iron out. As always, be sure to back up your data, fasten your seat belts, and get your daily supply of protein, fiber, and essential vitamins. They do a beta tester good.

If you find bugs, have questions, or want to share some kind words, drop by our 1Password 3 for Mac support forum so everyone can join the conversation. Our ninja support staff keeps a constant, watchful eye there, but other users may want to discuss the same topic. With any luck, it may have already been covered there. Also: our support staff is literally made up of ninjas. They don’t speak, and you can never catch them actually entering or leaving the building. But somehow, a lot of work just ends up being done at the end of the day, and I occasionally find an IOU in place of the lunch I brought from home. It’s pretty amazing.

David Chartier
Chief Media Producer, Agile Web Solutions