Why release it on a Sunday?
Because we love you. We’ve been working around the clock to get you a new extension worthy of Lion and we didn’t want to wait. Seriously: on Saturday afternoon, I was in the middle of rollerblading Chicago’s lakefront when our fearless leader IM’d me to say the team had finished a public beta of the new version. I cut my workout short so I could start drafting this post in the middle of Millenum Park. That’s how excited we are about this.
What’s so fantastic about it?
Everything. The interface has been completely Dan-ified and the autofilling has been Roustem-ized. This is a total revamp of our new extension based on the greatest feedback we could ever hope for: yours. We’ve added so many features and fixes that I’m honestly not sure if I should even try to stuff them all into this post, so check our extension changelog for the full story. Otherwise, check out the cliff notes and a screenshot gallery below:
- A gorgeous, streamlined, and powerful new version of our extension interface. Also: gorgeous
- You can now launch 1Password from the new Settings panel
- Yeah you read that right: There’s a new Settings panel inside the extension for toggling things like AutoUnlock, AutoSubmit, whether passwords are concealed, and our web-based user guide
- Navigate your Vault categories (Logins, All Logins, Identities, Credit Cards) with Tab and Shift-Tab
- View an item’s details without opening 1Password by clicking its right arrow or pressing your right arrow key
- Copy any detail to the clipboard from an item’s detail view by mousing over it and clicking—great for logging into Flash sites!
- Go & Fill once again opens a new tab when used from the All Logins panel inside the extension (our default Command-Option-\ shortcut is a fan favorite!)
- Search liberated for all item views, not just Logins. Typing in any list view does exactly what you think it should
- AutoSubmit greatly improved
- Don’t like a password that our Strong Password Generator gave you? Click the Strong Password Generator’s icon to get a new one
How to update
Safari can update our extension automatically (an advantage of our new format), but in this case we’d like to ask you to do it manually by following this guide for how to install and update both our 1Password extension and update the 1Password app. A key factor in that guide: once the extension update is done, please quit Safari with Command-Option-Q. You’ll lose all your open tabs and windows, so bookmark any as necessary. This ensures Safari restarts and loads our new extension with a clean slate.
I could go on for at least a couple more paragraphs about how excited we are for this new design and why, but something tells me you’d rather check it out for yourself. We know we still have our work cut out for us since some features, like the AutoSave UI and “never for this site” option, are still missing. But we believe this is a great new direction for our 1Password extension, and we hope you do too.
So go give the new extension a test drive, check out the new features, and let us know what you think in our forums!