1Password 5.4 for Mac: The Convenience Edition

Picture this. You’re on your Mac, and this website is asking you to enter particular characters from your password. But your password is 50 characters of 1Password-generated gibberish; how are you supposed to find the 5th, 14th, and 32nd characters without losing your place? Wouldn’t it be amazing if 1Password could make it just a little bit easier for you?

Picture this. You’ve just found out about the great Multiple Vaults feature and excitedly set up a vault to share with your family. Awesome. But sometimes, secondary vault passwords need to be changed. Wouldn’t it be cool if 1Password made it easy for you to do that?

As of today, it can. And it does. You’ll find these and other new convenience and security features in 1Password 5.4 for Mac: The Convenience Edition, ready to download right now in the Mac App Store and from our website. Read on for the lovely details, then sally forth and download—for the low, low price of free, if you’ve already bought 1Password 5 for Mac.

Large type option now available for passwords

Easily enter specific characters from your password with the new Large Type feature. Selecting this option for your password will display it in big, friendly, colour-coded letters on your screen.

1Password 5.4 for Mac: Large Type

You already know that you can hover over a password in an item’s detail view to copy or reveal it. You’ll see the new large type option in that same menu, always within easy reach.

1Password 5.4 for Mac: Large Type menu option

This feature is also great if you need to enter your Apple ID password on the Apple TV across the room or give guests access to your home Wi-Fi network.

Change the password of a secondary vault

Since your 1…Password (that never gets old around here) unlocks your primary vault and your secondary vaults, it’s very easy to create a secondary vault and never think about its password again. Until now, changing that secondary vault password meant basically recreating the vault.

We’ve made things much more convenient for you in 5.4: you can now change the secondary vault password at will. While you’re at it, don’t forget that it’s a good idea to save this password in your primary vault; since you don’t use it all the time, it’s easy to forget! If you’ve already done that, fantastic! Don’t forget to update that item when you change the secondary vault’s password. =)

A view from the top

Did you know that 1Password for Mac offers multiple layouts? The default is a three-column view, but there’s also a “top” layout option. If you’re a fan of the classic Mail.app layout, you’ll like this one. You can try it out by selecting the View > Item List Layout > Top menu option. We’ve made some improvements to this view in 5.4, all based on your feedback. Thanks for your help!

A new layer of security

We all rely on 1Password to keep our secrets secure. In the 5.4 update for 1Password for Mac, our developers have made 1Password securer than ever by adding a new secret agent to safeguard the communication between 1Password and your web browser.

Safari 9 in Yosemite and El Capitan includes important security updates that address the XARA vulnerability, so please update to the latest Safari and to El Capitan as soon as possible. Our 1Password update works hand in hand with Apple’s OS X security updates to ensure that cross-process communication between 1Password and the web browser in OS X remains secure and properly authenticated.

Because this is a brand new way for the various bits of 1Password to talk to each other, it currently requires the beta browser extension. We’d love your help in ensuring that we didn’t break anything. It’s easy: simply use 1Password in your web browser as you normally do, and let us know if something unexpected happens. If you’re interested in helping us out, please install the 1Password beta extension in your web browser and let us know how things are working in our forums. Thanks very much!

We thank Apple for giving us the tools we need to keep 1Password secure. We’ll have a blog post coming later today explaining the details of this important fix.

But wait, there’s more!

You can find the entire list of new features, improvements, and bug fixes in the release notes.

1Password 5.4 for Mac is available now as a free update if you already have a 1Password 5 for Mac license (or downloaded 1Password 5 from the Mac App Store). Choose the 1Password 5 > Check for Updates menu option, or grab the new version from our downloads page. If you are a Mac App Store customer, the update will download automatically or appear on the Updates tab in the App Store app, depending on your settings.

Got feedback? We’d love to hear from you. Add a comment here or in our discussion forums, or start a conversation with us on Twitter, ADN, or Facebook.

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  1. Gerard Robert
    Gerard Robert says:

    Been using 1P for over 4 years. This is probably not the sort of comment you were looking for but, not everyone who uses 1P is a young man or woman and for your older users, the use of gray text against a white background (which I gather is very hip these days, given the number of sites that chose to display in this manner) is not easy to read. Gentlemen, IMHO it’s the pits. It’s form over function: you are creating document to be read, so doesn’t it make sense to create it in an easy-to-read format? I solve this by using Reader in Safari.

  2. Volker Dobler
    Volker Dobler says:

    Great features, but now, that we “reached” level 4 in the 5th version for mac, any chance to see version 5 for windows?

    • Megan O'Brien
      Megan O'Brien says:

      Hi Volker,

      Our Windows developers are working on some awesome updates for you, I promise!

      I can’t tell you when we’re going to hit that bit 5.0, as each platform is developed independently, but I’ll let the team know you’re excited to see some more from 1Password for Windows. :)

  3. Geordon VanTassle
    Geordon VanTassle says:

    Any idea when the Apple Store version will hit the streets? I’d like to go back to it for iCloud syncing, but have been having too much fun playing with the beta to just quit using the new features. ;)

    • Megan O'Brien
      Megan O'Brien says:

      Hi Geordon,

      The betas sure are fun to play with, aren’t they? The Mac App Store version should be populating throughout the App Store now, and that update should be available for you soon. :)

  4. Limbo Peng
    Limbo Peng says:

    After this upgrade, every login page in Safari hangs for more than 10 seconds. What is going wrong?

    I can confirm this is caused by 1Password – when I disable 1Password Safari extension, it does not hang any more.

    Some info:

    Mac OS X 10.11
    Safari Version 9.0 (11601.1.56)
    1Password 5 Version 5.4 (540047) Agile Web Store
    1Password Safari Extension 4.4.4

  5. King of PostIt Notes
    King of PostIt Notes says:

    You guys do a good job. I enjoy everything you do. I can’t live without 1pass.

    I have a suggestion. Mac users have an option to use a dark GUI. It would be nice to have a dark version of the app that would blend in with El Capitan’s dark mode.

    • Megan O'Brien
      Megan O'Brien says:

      Hi there,

      Thanks so much for the suggestion! We have a feature request open for that, and I’m happy to add your vote in our internal tracker.

      I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying 1Password – keep being awesome. :)

  6. Hope
    Hope says:

    could someone help me please? I bought the app to access my bank accounts from my iPhone and it does not work on my phone the way it does on the computer. I have read through the forums and created separate login pages and it still does not work without me having to manually enter the password. that’s really annoying when using a long password. Can someone help me or advise what I should do so that it works on my phone.

    • Megan O'Brien
      Megan O'Brien says:

      Hi Hope,

      I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been having trouble with 1Password, and I apologize sincerely for the delay in replying to you here.

      While we do our best to ensure that 1Password is as similar as possible across all platforms, there will be some differences in how 1Password behaves, depending on which operating system you’re using. Some of these differences are due to the fact that we develop 1Password separately across each operating system, and we’re not always able to have every feature rolled out simultaneously. However, some key differences are due to the way that the operating system handles things. For example, the 1Password browser extension that you use on your Mac has a few extra powers that the 1Password app extension on iOS does not. If you provide us with a bit more detail on what you’re seeing on your iOS device vs. your computer, we’ll be better able to walk you through this.

      You can reply here if you’d like, or you’re welcome to email in to our team at support+social@agilebits.com, or start a thread in the forums. Our team is monitoring the discussion forums (https://discussions.agilebits.com) 7 days a week to answer your questions quickly.

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