We wanted to end June on a high note, so we’ve released updates to both Knox and 1Password! We’re constantly making both programs more powerful, and at the same time continuing to improve their ease-of-use. Here’s what’s new:
In Knox, our secure encryption and backup solution, we’ve made a few big changes for version 2.0.3 (release notes). First, we’ve implemented support for Beta builds, which will improve our testing periods and, in turn, the quality of major releases. To get in on the beta versions, simply go to Knox > Preferences > Version and check the “Include Betas” checkbox on the window that pops up. If you like being on the cutting edge, we’d love to have you join our beta team!
Next, we reduced the size of the application by 50%, making it just 4.5MB (and an easy 2.4MB download). We’ve also changed the way Knox handles its menubar mode; you won’t see a temporary icon on the dock before it launches in the menubar, and no more “Knox bubble” (we replaced it with a throbber). This is more intuitive, plus it means launching twice as fast.
We fit in a couple more fixes, too, allowing you to disable auto-updates and making the correct version number appear under Preferences. Check for updates inside of Knox to get the latest version (Knox > Check for Updates).
For 1Password, we’ve released version 3.2.5 with multiple fixes and improvements. For starters, it adds a window with upgrade instructions when an unsupported browser version is encountered, making browser updates—such as the recent release of Safari 5—a little smoother. We’ve also made interface improvements such as disabling preferences in 1Password > Preferences > Browsers when you’ve disabled browser extensions, and stripping newline characters from title fields. You’ll even find support for additional HTML5 form field types (url and number).
If you’ve been using 1Password to fill comment fields on sites like The Unofficial Apple Weblog, you’ll be excited about one enhancement in particular: from now on, 1Password will fill your username and password, but not auto-submit if the form contains a text field. This means you can use 1Password to fill in your info when leaving comments on blogs without accidentally submitting duplicate comments, even when auto-submit is turned on!
In addition to some performance improvements, 1Password also received a few bug fixes. Some conflicts were being incorrectly reported when syncing, which has been fixed, and bookmarklet creation reliability has been improved. If you noticed the strong password generator resetting to 50-character passwords every time, yes, we got that one, too. We also squashed a bug in 1PasswordAnywhere which would add “Hide” to copied passwords in some circumstances, and fixed the one that would cause display problems in the unlock field when typing over an incorrect password. Even the help system has been improved!
These updates are free to current users (Knox 2 users and 1Password 3 users, respectively). Grab ‘em while they’re hot by using the “Check for Updates” menu!