(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.

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    • David Teare
      David Teare says:

      The new Sandy Bridge MBP is very nice. I held off buying it as I felt “it really couldn’t be that much faster”, but boy was I happy to be proven wrong :)

      • William
        William says:

        Same here, upgraded and was blown away at the quadcore, using geekbench I was able to measure how fast, my old core 2 duo scored 3890, my new mbp 11180.

        Oh, and 1password for mac and android just keep getting better and better, great job guys!

  1. Andreas Elvers
    Andreas Elvers says:

    Will we see private sync options à la webdav soon ? In the agile keychain my passwords are encrypted. But all other data like URL or creation date are stored in plaintext, leaving quite some potential to data mine for this data, if there would be a security breach on dropbox.

    Please add webdav support.

    • David Teare
      David Teare says:

      Hello Andreas! Thanks for sharing your concerns and what you’re hoping for in future releases.

      We played with WebDAV quite a bit over the last few years and we were unable to make it perform as well as we’d like so we never released it. Now that MobileMe is being replaced by iCloud, it’s uncertain if iDisk will even exist next year, let alone have WebDAV support.

      We learned a lot about iCloud during Apple’s WWDC event and we’re very excited to add this support to 1Password. I have no specifics to share yet as we’re still in the learning phase but it appears iCloud is exactly what we needed and are looking forward to adding it.

      Regarding the bits of plaintext in the .agilekeychain we are evaluating a new data format that will encrypt everything. We’ll have more news to share on this in the not too distant future.

      As you can see, we live in exciting times! :)

  2. Ruediger
    Ruediger says:

    Hi to all you agile bits 😉

    I am very happy to see you are ahead of time (again).
    As I am looking forward to installing Lion once it arrives, it is great news that I can continue using 1Password from day one.

    One very important question though: as iCloud is coming this fall, will 1Password also be able to use this syncing service as an alternative to Dropbox? You know, all this talk about the security in Dropbox, with the recent 4hr outage of password protection and all, it would be a welcome feature..


  3. Jeff
    Jeff says:

    Hi Andreas and Ruediger,

    We are very excited about iCloud, but I can’t say much at this point. We don’t like announcing features until they are delivered.

    WebDAV is something that we had put a great deal of effort into at one point. (Indeed, it was a feature we announced before we could deliver it) but then ran into problems. Performance and reliability issues were things that we just couldn’t get around.



  4. Steve
    Steve says:

    On Windows, The latest version of 1Password ( does not work with Firefox 5.0. Since I’m writing this on 6/21 (the day Firefox 5.0 came out), I’m not too worried. 1Password has worked great for us (on Windows, Mac and iPhones) and I’m sure they’ll update the program.


    • David Teare
      David Teare says:

      I’m sorry Steve, we should have made it more clear that the Firefox 5 announcement was for Mac only. We’re working on adding Windows support for Firefox 5 and hope to release it very soon.

      • Zach
        Zach says:

        Bummer. You really should update the blog post to reflect this information. I just updated Firefox on my Windows box to version 5 based on this post and now I can’t use 1password.

        • Christian
          Christian says:

          Me too… :(

          I have just updated Firefox to 5.0 and I can’t use 1Password (Windows).

          Thanks in advance for getting the Windows update ready! :)

        • David Teare
          David Teare says:

          The 1Password for Windows beta channel has been updated with support for Firefox 5. The official release channel will be updated soon to match.

  5. Berntm
    Berntm says:

    Hello there,

    guess what? You still have users using a PowerPC, I’ve got two that I am using frequently.
    That you are dropping support for PowerPC is a big mistake.
    I for one can’t use it.
    Second I won’t be able to pay the upgradefee for new version of 1Password.

    • David Teare
      David Teare says:

      Understood! We know many users are still using PPC and Leopard. We still have Tiger users, too :)

      I don’t think “dropping support” properly describes what we are doing. Users are free to continue using 1Password 3.5.9 and their data will continue to sync with 1Password 3.6. And of course, if anyone asks us questions about their Leopard setup we’ll be happy to help, so in that way it is still “supported”. Indeed, we are still answering questions Tiger users have.

      Going forward, however, new releases of 1Password will focus on Lion and Snow Leopard. With all the wonderful goodies Apple has baked into 10.6 and 10.7, 1Password needs to be able to use them.

      I hope that better explains where we are coming from.


      • Hugbert
        Hugbert says:

        “I don’t think “dropping support” properly describes what we are doing.”

        No, that’s really a much too nice way of saying what you are doing to your users. :(

        • David
          David says:

          We’re sorry about having to make these changes Hugbert, but this is the nature of software updates. We only have so much manpower and resources to support all the operating systems, browsers, and configurations of our users. Attempting to maintain features and support of all browsers across three operating systems would put a significant demand on our development time and bring new feature development to a crawl for users who have upgraded to Snow Leopard and Lion. Apple hasn’t even shipped Lion yet and we already have more users on it than Leopard who are demanding new features and browser support.

          Fortunately, though, we’ll still offer tech support for Leopard users. Heck, we’re still answering questions for users on Tiger. :) I believe we’re also looking at applying critical fixes to 1Password 3.5.9 so Leopard and PowerPC users can continue to use that version. As always, all of our previous versions are freely available for download from our version history page:


          I hope this helps!

          • Eric
            Eric says:

            This is really frustrating. I purchased 1password less than a year ago and now it is rendered useless. You’ve put users between a rock and a hard place. Firefox is pushing us hard in one direction into Firefox 5 dropping support for FF4, yet for 10.5 users you are pushing in the other direction back into FF4. All the while FF6 and FF7 are slated for release in 2011 alone. I use 1password to save the 100s of client logins I need access to daily, this has put me at a real disadvantage now. A Snow leopard upgrade doesn’t make a lot of sense on an older macbook pro, especially with lion around the corner.

  6. Dan
    Dan says:

    Please talk about the dropbox security breech and what happens if someone now has our encrypted password backup.

  7. Bill
    Bill says:

    I don’t see the new interface you mention in the Safari extension. I’m using Snow Leopard. Is the new interface Lion only?

  8. Scott
    Scott says:

    Will 3.5 be updated to support Firefox 5 and the upcoming Dropbox changes? You can’t really say “Users are free to continue using 1Password 3.5.9” if Dropbox stops working and we’re unable to use FF5.

  9. William
    William says:

    As always, great stuff guys, can’t wait to see the full updates once I get lion. Oh, and thanks for showing some love for Android users, would be lost without it.

  10. Brendan
    Brendan says:

    1Password 3.6.0 does not work with Firefox 5.0 on 10.6.7 for me. When I click any interface button, no menu comes up. The button only depresses.

    • Brendan
      Brendan says:

      Ok, scratch that, it does work, but 1Password decided to install both the Firefox 4 and 5 versions of the addon. You should correct that.

      • David
        David says:

        As I understand it Brendan, we don’t have a method for figuring out which extension to use based on which version of Firefox is installed. Why that is I’m not sure, but I can look into it. I do know though that Firefox should be smart enough to figure out which extension it should use, and which it should disable. I did some testing of this with Firefox 4 and 5 this morning across Snow Leopard and Lion and this seems to be the case. Firefox disabled the unsupported extension, but allowed the proper extension to run.

        So this doesn’t answer why you were having trouble with 1P 3.6 and Firefox 5 on Snow Leopard. Perhaps it was just a ghost in the machine that decided to scamper off?

      • David Teare
        David Teare says:

        Do you have Check Compatibility mode disabled? Because of how Firefox 5 works, we needed 2 extensions: one for FF4 and one for FF5. If the compatibility check is enabled, the proper one (and only one) will load.

        You can see this blog post for details.

        • Brendan
          Brendan says:

          Yeah that must be it. I have a single addon that I needed compatibility for, I didn’t think it would allow other addons by default.

  11. Jason
    Jason says:

    I don’t see the P that used to appear to the left of the URL bar. How do I access 1Password now (without having the whole toolbar showing all the time)?

  12. Joe
    Joe says:

    Today I updated to Firefox 5 on my PC. I have 1Password for Windows and my 1Password buttond dissapeared.

    ¿When are you planning to update the Firefox 5 plugin in Windows platform?

    • David
      David says:

      We are wrapping up the beta testing phase of our update to 1Password for Windows to support Firefox 5. I believe you can opt in to help test this beta from 1Password’s preferences (though keep in mind it is a beta), but I’m pretty sure we’re almost done and will ship the official update soon.

  13. Steve
    Steve says:

    Is there any possibility of bringing back Firefox 3 support (for Mac)? I can’t upgrade my version of Firefox until some extensions that I rely on are also available for the new version.

    • David
      David says:

      We would love to maintain support for Firefox 3, but Mozilla has made it pretty difficult to support just two versions of its browser, let alone three. Just look at the state of most addons that still haven’t gotten around to upgrading for Firefox 4.0, and now 5.0 is out.

      Fortunately, we keep all previous versions available for download on our version history page:


      Plus, we’ll issue critical updates to the 3.5.x version to make sure you can continue using 1Password with your current setup.

      I hope this helps!

      • Steve
        Steve says:

        Thanks for the reply! I think I will go ahead and download the previous version to keep my Firefox 3 support!

  14. Sebastian
    Sebastian says:

    I’m all for streamlining the product, but it would have been more considerate to the 5% of us Leopard users if you had waited at least until OS X Lion is officially released in July to remove support for older operating systems. You’ve effectively told your customers that unless they are using the (currently) newest OS there will be no ability to integrate 1Password with the latest browser updates such as Firefox 5.0. To respond to your statement that “we occasionally have to pick the right time to remove support for previous platforms,” I would argue that now is the exact wrong time to do so. That said, it’s only because I enjoy 1Password so much that this is so irritating. Cheers.

    • David
      David says:

      Thanks so much for your feedback Sebastian. It’s never easy to make a decision like this, but we thought really long and hard about this.

      I haven’t been with Agile for every major release of 1Password or Mac OS X, but from what I’ve seen here and at lots of other companies, removing support for one operating system when a major new version comes out usually becomes more problematic than doing it now, during the calm before the storm, so to speak. Once Lion comes out we’re going to have a flood of customer support requests, and announcing news like this would only compile the amount of work and time our customers would have to wait for responses. We figured it was best to get this out when we could devote more of our resources to help answer questions for customers who are still using Leopard or PowerPC Macs.

      Speaking of Firefox 5 though, we are in some ways following Mozilla’s lead. For example, they removed support for PowerPC Macs in Firefox 5, and with the complexities that of their extension system, we had to go with just versions 4 and 5. Just look at the vast number of addons from Firefox 3.x that haven’t even been updated to work with Firefox 4 because of the work involved, and now Firefox 5 is already out. Google and Mozilla are setting very brisk paces for their browser updates and it’s going to be very difficult for developers to keep up, let alone maintain addons for two or more versions.

      Fortunately, this is why we maintain an extensive archive of all of our 1Password releases, dating back to the original public beta in May 2006!


      I believe we are also looking at supplying critical updates to the 3.5.x version so that Leopard and PowerPC users can continue using it.

      I hope this helps!

      David Chartier
      Agile Herald for AgileBits
      @1password or @chartier

  15. Jeff
    Jeff says:

    Please, please, please support Firefox 5 on Leopard. I’m not set to update my OS for another 6 months.

    • David
      David says:

      Hi Jeff. For now I believe we’re looking at adding critical fixes to 1Password 3.5.9, but I think new features and browser support is for version 3.6 and later.

  16. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    Frustrating to me! I’ve currently updated my 1Password to 3.5.9, and as you know it won’t work with Firefox 5. I’ve been trying to downgrade to Firefox 4, but that doesn’t seem to be working either. And I can’t update to 1Password 3.6 because I’m using Mac OS X 10.5.8.

    Sigh. I really love your product, but I don’t know how I should move forward.

    • David
      David says:

      Thanks for the kind words Amanda, I hope I can help you out!

      I believe you can downgrade to Firefox 4 by deleting Firefox 5, then grabbing an original copy of the latest 4.0 version, which was 4.0.1. You should be able to get it directly from Mozilla here:


      You might need to also reinstall your 1Password addon for Firefox, which you can do by going to 1Password > Preferences > Browsers.

      Let me know if this gets you squared away.

      • Amanda
        Amanda says:

        Thanks for your speedy response! I did download Firefox 4 last night, though it took a bit of searching. 1P seems to be working fine, though I’m sad that I won’t be able to use the latest and greatest version.

        Please let me know if using the older version will affect any security issues – thanks so much.

  17. Cho
    Cho says:

    Whaaaaaaat? Support for 10.5 Leopard removed from 1Password!? That really sucks big time =( So if I buy a new macbook, does this mean I’ll have to purchase another 1password just for my new macbook?

    • David
      David says:

      Not at all Cho! If you buy a new MacBook, it will come with the latest and greatest version of Mac OS X. Currently, that is 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Apple will soon ship 10.7 Lion—both of which 1Password 3.6 is all set for. If you have an existing license for 1Password 3, that same license will work just fine on your new Mac.

      Does that help clear things up?

    • David
      David says:

      Hi Vid! We’re working on Fluid support in Lion. It’s a bit tricker due to some new hoops Apple is making us jump through. Stay tuned on that front.

    • Dave Teare
      Dave Teare says:

      Unfortunately David’s comment above is off the mark as Lion made many changes. At this time it does not appear to be possible to support Fluid on Lion, at least not in the traditional way.

      The next few months are going to be very busy for us (Lion, iOS 5, iCloud, etc) but when we have some free time we’ll take a look at the API Tod provides in Fluid and see what we can do.

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