Only you can make 1Password 4 for Mac’s first-run experience awesome, and maybe win a t-shirt

beta badge iconOk, maybe that’s not entirely true since we’re the ones developing it and all. But we do need your help with something very, very important.

See, we here at AgileBits have used 1Password for a really long time, which means it’s hard for us to think about it the same way new users will. A curse of knowledge, if you will. Sometimes we don’t see that snag when setting up 1Password, or the part where our first-run instructions aren’t as clear as they should be.

But new users can see those things. Maybe you’re a new user, or maybe you know some people who have never used 1Password or any kind of password manager, but would be willing to give it a try. Or maybe you’re an existing tester willing to create a new user account on your Mac to try the first-run setup process.

We need you and these soon-to-be 1Password users you know to give us feedback specifically on our first-run experience. In return, we’ll give a 1Password t-shirt you see us wearing at the top of our blog to 20 people who send us the best feedback documenting their experience, or to those who get a friend or family member involved.

If you’re willing to help, give feedback on this crucial first handshake of 1Password 4 for Mac, and possibly get the best free t-shirt money can otherwise buy, please:

  • sign up for our beta list or share that link with a willing friend
  • install the beta, get started, and document your experience—good, bad, all of it
  • share your experience with us, instructions will be in the beta email you receive

Thanks a lot for your help.

Want to help us test Wi-Fi sync in 1Password 4 for Mac and iOS?

I have good news and good news, so I’ll give you the good news first: Wi-Fi sync is coming back in 1Password 4 for Mac and will be a free update to 1Password 4 for iOS. Some of our users want a local, cloud-less option to sync 1Password data, and we aim to deliver it soon.

The other good news is we need your help to test it, so we’re opening our Mac and iOS beta programs again to recruit a few good testers. Wi-Fi sync has been rewritten entirely from scratch and it will be 1Password-4-only, so we’ll need you to beta test both iOS and Mac versions.

Do you have:

  • an inconsolable itch to use Wi-Fi sync in 1Password?
  • a Mac running at least 10.8 Mountain Lion and an iOS 6 device?
  • good-to-great beta testing skills?

Prove it—sign up for our beta list and help us make Wi-Fi sync in 1Password 4 the best it can be.

Please note: we have not announced a release date for 1Password 4 for Mac or for when Wi-Fi sync will arrive as a free update in 1Password 4 for iOS. Right now we’re focused on making Wi-Fi sync great, and we’ll release as soon as we can get it there.

On 1Password, iOS 7, and OS X Mavericks

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So, Apple is working on these things called iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, which happen to be in private beta for developers right now. In general, our current, shipping versions should work pretty well on said betas. And while I cannot confirm we are working on our own things for Apple’s new things, I also cannot deny we are working on said things.

Yes, I live a life of confirmatory non-denial. This is why I drink.

What I can tell you is that if we were working on some things for Apple’s new things, we would probably have some planned for both the short term and less-than-short term. Since the less-than-short term category is the more interesting of the two, I’ll bet you one whiskey sour that things like UI Dynamics and AirDrop in iOS 7 are really fun to namedrop enigmatically in a blog post.

cough

In the short term, for the intrepid “early adopters” in the audience, 1Password should run just fine on the iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks betas. If you are one of said intrepid customers, be sure to let us know if you run into something so we can prepare for when Apple ships these OSes to the public.

I actually can confirm that we’re working on small 1Password updates to fix a few quirks on Apple’s betas, such as a crash during New User Setup on Mac and search bar and tab wonkiness on iOS. We hope to get those up soon, so stay tuned here, on Twitter, or on Facebook to hear when they’re out.

Browser extension update out for Firefox Aurora, Chrome users

Firefox Aurora iconAre you a Firefox user who lives dangerously in Aurora territory? Is “pre-beta” your middle name? Well, we have a vodka martini browser extension update with your first name on it.

As par for the course, Mozilla has been hard at work on testing new features and next-generation paradigms in Firefox Aurora, the more-beta-than-beta version of its browser, which means we’ve had to update the 1Password extension to stay in step. If you use Aurora, our update is now live that should fix a few incompatibilities and get you back to logging in and filling forms with a click.

Google Chrome users can also look forward to some better Credit Card and Identity filling.

Safari users, well, you can sit this one out because all is well in Cupertino’s corner of the web.

Your browser should see 1Password extension 3.9.17 pretty soon and auto-update to it. While you wait, you could perhaps peruse the changelog and revel in that lifestyle of danger you got goin’ on.

1Password 4 for Mac is coming – sign up for our newsletter, save the world (from bad passwords)

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Do you like 1Password for Mac?

Do you like possibly being picked to beta test incredible new versions of software, finding bugs, and squishing them with impunity?

How about newsletters?

If you like at least a couple of these, there’s a good chance we’ll like you, so why not sign up for our 1Password 4 for Mac newsletter? Soon, we’ll have infrequent news and details to share about what is easily this year’s most widely anticipated new version of 1Password for Mac. We’ll also have a private beta test, which means if you want to help defend the world from bugs and bad passwords, you’ll hear about your chance on the newsletter. Keep in mind, 1Password 4 for Mac will require OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Keep in mind that, once we start looking for beta testers, we won’t have room for everyone and it will be a slow rollout. Hang tight for details on that because we still have plenty of work to do.

Since we announced the 1Password 4 for Mac newsletter on our Twitter and Facebook accounts yesterday, we’ve received over 7,100 signups. I’m no economist, but I think it’s pretty obvious that the following chart makes this number look really awesome.

1P4 Mac newsletter signups

Know what else would be really awesome? You signing up for our newsletter to be among the first to learn about the all-new, utterly gorgeous and powerful, coming-later-this-year 1Password 4 for Mac.

1Password keyboard shortcuts for the Mac and PC power user in all of us

photo via pj_vanf

photo via pj_vanf

Let’s face it, we call them keyboard “shortcuts” for a reason. Shortcuts help you get from point A to point B faster, and in your daily work and play on a computer, you have a lot of point As and Bs. Fortunately, 1Password is packed with quite a few shortcuts to help, so here are some of our favorites for Mac and PC.

Mac

  • Command-\ – A staple of any shortcut fan, this triggers the 1Password browser extension to AutoFill and AutoSubmit your Login for the current site. If you have multiple Logins for the current site, the extension displays them together at the top. From there you can arrow up and down, then press Return to AutoFill and get in
  • Option-Command-\ – This triggers the browser extension, but no AutoFill or AutoSubmit. This allows you to use some other shortcuts listed below (you can customize these two extension trigger shortcuts under Preferences)
  • Type to Find – While viewing any list in the browser extension (Logins, Credit Cards, Identities), you can type a couple letters of the item you want. If it’s a Login, you can arrow to it and hit Return to open the website, AutoFill, and AutoSubmit to log right in. How’s that for saving some time?
  • Tab – In the browser extension, this cycles through the main sections—Logins, Credit Cards, Identities, Strong Password Generator, Settings
  • Right/Left Arrow – With an item selected in the browser extension (a Login or Credit Card), the right arrow will show its details. Use the Left Arrow to get back out to the list
  • Option-Command-C – In 1Password for Mac, this copies the password for the selected Login to your clipboard
  • Option – In 1Password for Mac, this will reveal the password field(s) in any item including Account items like Email Account, Server, and Database. Hold it to view passwords, let go to obfuscate them again with those little dots
  • Command-E – In 1Password for Mac, this switches to Edit mode for the currently selected item. Use it a second time to save the item, confirm your changes, and switch out of edit mode

PC

  • Ctrl+\ – Triggers the browser extension to AutoFill and AutoSubmit a Login. On a German keyboard layout, this shortcut defaults to Ctrl+#
  • Ctrl+R: In 1Password for Windows, this reveals the password(s) for the currently selected item. Hold to view, let go to conceal
  • F2: In 1Password for Windows, this changes the selected folder name
  • Enter/Return: In 1Password for Windows, this will edit a Login item or, depending on your preferences, open login item’s URL in web browser
  • Ctrl+C: In 1Password for Windows, the 1st time you press it will copy the Login item’s password to the clipboard. Press it again, and it will copy the login item’s username to the clipboard

How’d I do? Be honest. Did I miss your favorite shortcut? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or in our forum and I can update the post with a shout out to you!

1Password for Mac 3.8.21, the browser extension, and the Chrome Web Store

Peanut butter & jelly. Penn & Teller. Peas & pods—such incredible pairings are rare in this age, but today we are delighted to announce a new one.

The 1Password extension and the Chrome Web Store.

1P extension Chrome Web Store

Available for Mac users and soon out of beta for Windows users, you can now install the Chrome version of our 1Password extension from the Chrome Web Store. You still need 1Password for Mac installed, of course (or PC, when it’s ready), but this will make installing our Chrome extension much easier. I should also point out this is our official method of installing the Chrome extension from here on out.

We released 1Password for Mac 3.8.21 for our website customers with support for installing the new Chrome extension, and the Mac App Store version already supports it. This update also includes a couple other good changes you can view in the changelog.

If you already have our Chrome extension installed, you need to remove it before installing from the Chrome Web Store. To remove a Chrome extension, right-click it in the toolbar and choose “Remove from Chrome.”

We hope you enjoy our new, friendlier, more Chrome-ier extension install process. As for other browsers, stay tuned.

1Password for Mac wins About.com Readers’ Choice Award!

About.com Reader's Choice 2013 award

We couldn’t have done this without you—literally! After all, this is a reader’s choice award, and we only won because of you!

Thanks to your votes, 1Password for Mac won About.com’s Reader’s Choice Award for 2013 in the Best Mac System Utility category. We were up against some great competition, but in the end, the people have spoken.

Thanks again to everyone who voted, and don’t worry, we won’t let it go to our head. We have plenty of reasons on the way in 1Password 4 to earn your vote in the next contest.

Did the 1Password browser extension just appear in Facebook’s News Feed video?

Yes! Take that, Betteridge’s Law of Headlines!

Of course, we’re on the Facebooks just like the Tweeters and even the Google+es. It’s a great way to stay in touch with us, and it’s great to see that Facebook seems to agree.

1P in Facebook video

If you haven’t seen the news, Facebook announced a pretty big change coming to the News Feed, the place where everyone posts their deep, personal journal entries right next to their Instagramed lunches.

I’ll let you head over and read all about it on your own time, because the real news from all this appears at 1:16 in the video Facebook made (at the bottom of the page). As eagle-eyed AgileBits Caffeinated Problem Solver Chris De Jabet noticed, the 1Password Chrome extension makes a cameo. While I don’t have security clearance to know whether 1Password is company policy over there, it is at least a great reminder that your Facebook account should really have a good, strong password to protect your personal space!

1Password is part of the Mac App Store Get Stuff Done Productivity Sale!

MAS Get Things Done Productivity Sale

Have you been feeling… not so get-stuff-done-y? Like you could really use a fantastic tool to create and effortlessly use strong, unique passwords for all your sites, save time by filling web forms with a click, and jot down ideas and other sensitive information you don’t want lying around in sticky notes?

Would you perhaps like to acquire said fantastic tool at 50 percent off?

Then head on over to the Mac App Store’s Get Stuff Done Productivity Sale, because 1Password is part of it! For a limited time you can pick up 1Password for 50 percent off, along with a number of other fine Mac apps!

Don’t forget, though: limited time is not synonymous with “indefinitely.” Run, don’t walk.

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