A Sneak Peek At 1Password 3.6

After months of 1Password 3.6 beta testing by our valiant forum patrons and early adopters, we are pleased to say that 1Password 3.6, a free update for all v3 owners, is nearly ready for its public debut. This has been our longest running beta since version 3.0 debuted almost 2 years ago, and there’s some great stuff in here that we’re excited to show you.

1Password 3.6 is scheduled to be released in late Spring, and since it’s such a big deal, here’s a sneak peek at some of its highlights:

  • Lion support! We pounced on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion as soon as Apple unleashed it upon developers for testing. Lion is scheduled to ship sometime this summer, but 1Password 3.6 is primed and ready for it, including an all new Safari extension with a revamped interface that we introduced in our Chrome extension last November. As of this blog post, our extensions for Chrome and Firefox work fine with their current versions on Lion, too. Check out Dave’s post last weekend for a little more info on this new design.
  • Snow Leopard and Lion only: Now that 10.7 Lion is supported, 1Password 3.6 will retire support for 10.5 Leopard in order to keep 1Password lean and mean. Our stats show that a whopping 89% of 1Password users have upgraded to 10.6 Snow Leopard, while 3% are already on Lion (sounds like a lot of developers use 1Password!). This also means that 1Password 3.6 has gone Intel-only. As usual, though, we’ll keep 1Password 3.5.9 (and every version back to 0.8.0!) available for download on our 1Password release history page. If you’re on Leopard, 1Password 3’s built-in update tool will not auto-update you to version 3.6.
  • Firefox 4 only: To keep up with Google Chrome’s increased development cycle, Mozilla is doing things like dropping PowerPC support (Firefox 4 is Intel-only) and implementing its own auto-upgrade policies to usher remaining users away from Firefox 3.x as quickly as possible. In fact, Firefox 5 is already in beta, so we need to pick up our pace too (though stay tuned for news of our Firefox 5 extension). While 1Password 3’s update tool will not auto-update Leopard users, it will auto-update for Snow Leopard and Lion users regardless of Firefox version. If you prefer to stay on Firefox 3, please disable 1Password’s auto updater under 1Password > Preferences > Updates now.

1Password 3.6 has plenty of other improvements that we’ll detail soon in a more thorough post. But these are the big ticket items that we wanted to discuss ahead of time to help users decide on their upgrade plans. If you’re willing to help us beta test 1Password on Lion and you just can’t wait to check out version 3.6’s improvements, or you’ve already upgraded to Lion and you just need 1Password to work in Safari, go to 1Password > Preferences > Updates and enable the “include beta versions” option. Then hit the “check now” button and perform the upgrade. You can also check this forum post for more detailed instructions and screenshots.

Thanks for helping us test 1Password! We’re really excited about this version and supporting Lion, so join us in our forums to let us know what you think!

1Password Mac: New Chrome Extension + Beta!

I’ve been a huge fan of Google Chrome since its release on the Mac. It’s super fast and stable, and I love that even when I do run into a problem site, I don’t lose the rest of my open tabs, because each one is sandboxed — safely tucked away in a separate process.

When I joined the Agile team (wow…not even two weeks ago?) I was happy to find the team was hard at work on several important improvements to our Chrome extension. Today I am happy to say that we have an update to the 1Password Mac Chrome extension! (Windows update coming soon)

How to Update

Take no action! Just sit back and relax: Chrome automatically updates all of its installed extensions! :)

But if you’re as anxious as I am, you can follow these steps to force Chrome to download the update immediately:

  1. Launch Chrome and go to Window > Extensions.
  2. Click on “Developer Mode” over to the right.
  3. Click on the “Update Extensions Now” button that appears to the left — done!

For more information about 1Password and Chrome, check out our guide.

So What’s New?

Here are some highlights of what you’ll find in our latest release:

Manual Login Saving

It’s here! Now you can save new Login items within Chrome manually. After you have entered your login credentials for a site, just click the 1Password toolbar button to open the 1Password menu, and then click Save New Login.



Obscured Passwords

Passwords are now hidden when viewing the details of a Login item. You can show them by clicking the “Reveal” button which appears when you hover the mouse cursor over the password field. To hide them again, simply click the “Conceal” button. Nice!


Improved Autosubmit Support

Autosubmit has gotten even better! It can now properly handle several new situations, including less common cases where web sites use some very “unique” coding conventions :)

Improved Login Saving and Filling

Last but not least, many improvements have been made to how 1Password saves and fills Logins. We’ve improved the detection of which elements should be saved, added additional support for new HTML 5 elements, and now properly save and restore the state of checkbox fields.


These are the highlights of what’s new but there’s a lot of other cool things going on under the hood in our 1Password Mac Chrome extension that will make it possible to bring you even more exciting new features in the future.

Join The Chrome Beta Team

Now, for all you adventurous sorts out there: We’d love to have you join the beta team. Here’s how:

Getting Started

  1. Remove the official 1Password extension from Chrome (Window > Extensions > 1Password > Uninstall)
  2. Install the beta extension from our download site — simply click “Continue” and “Install” when prompted.
  3. Restart Chrome to make sure everything is updated.
  4. Enjoy! :D

Here’s the changelog so you can keep up-to-date on what’s changed. To report issues and leave feedback, head to the Chrome extension forum.

Back to Basics

If at any time you’d like to return to using the most recent stable version of the 1Password Chrome extension, simply do the following:
  1. Launch Chrome, go to Window > Extensions, and click the Uninstall link at the bottom of the 1Password extension listing.
  2. Quit Chrome
  3. Launch 1Password, go to Preferences > Browsers, and click the “Install Google Chrome Extension” button. (This will launch Chrome, and you will need to click “Continue” and “Install” when prompted.)

Again, this is Mac only at this time, but stay syndicated for future announcements! :)


Windows Chrome users get some 1Password love, too!

We recently let our Mac users know about the amazing new extension for Chrome on OS X, but we didn’t want our Windows users to feel left out, so… we’re pleased to announce 1Password support for Chrome on Windows!

1Password in Chrome on Windows 7

Download the latest beta of 1Password for Windows and open the preferences (CTRL-P). You’ll find a checkbox for Chrome under the Browsers tab. Check it and click “OK” at the bottom, and your Chrome extension will be installed!

1Password Windows Preferences


Exciting updates to the Chrome extension!

We finished some great updates to the 1Password Chrome Extension over the weekend, and wanted to let everybody know about some new features:

First, we received a lot of feedback from our users about not being able to disable Autosubmit, and we were able to fix that. We also received many requests for customizable keyboard shortcuts; well, now you can! The 1Password Chrome Extension now respects the 1Password for Mac preferences.

Lastly, our weekend efforts resulted in Autosubmit working with Go & Fill, so now you can log in to your favorite sites with even fewer keystrokes. Surfing the web securely with Chrome is more convenient than ever!

We love hearing from our users, and we love filling their requests. We also love Chrome, so this has been a blast to work on. The extension will update automatically for Chrome users who have it installed, so you can start enjoying the new goodies right away!

Chrome users: you're going to love this!

We’ve got some great news for Chrome users: the latest version of 1Password includes a completely, 100% awesome revamp of the 1Password extension for Chrome. If we may say so, it’s pretty amazing. With full support for form-filling, Identities and Credit Cards, it not only reaches feature-parity with the Safari and Firefox extensions, you might even think that it passes them up with a great new interface and full access to all of your 1Password data!

The new Chrome extension is, for the time being, only available for Mac users. Windows users, we’ll keep you posted!

We’ve been working hard on this release, and Chrome support has been a major focus as of late. We wanted to give our Chrome users some extra love because we love Chrome, too. Rather than trying to replicate the existing plugins, we concentrated on building a new extension which takes full advantage of all of the cool features Chrome offers. We love it, and we think you will, too.

1Password 3.5 includes some updates and improvements to the desktop version, too. For one, Dropbox setup and usage is easier than ever. We also improved overall performance, reduced memory and disk usage, and refined the interface.

Installing the Chrome Extension

  1. Once you’ve downloaded/updated to version 3.5 of 1Password (use 1Password > Check for Updates in your menubar), go to 1Password > Preferences and click the “Install Google Chrome Extension” at the bottom.


  2. Chrome will open with a welcome screen. You’ll need to tell Chrome that it’s ok to install the extension by clicking “Continue” at the bottom (left side) of the window.


  3. Last step! A dialog will pop up after you hit “Continue,” and will let you know that 1Password needs to access your data (required to handle all of the form-filling goodness in the new extension!). Click “Install” and you’re ready to start making full use of 1Password in Chrome!


You’ll find the 1Password icon at the top of your window, on the right side of your toolbar (it looks like a key). You can click it any time to open up the (gorgeous) new interface, where you can access logins for the current page, search through all of your logins, and access your Credit Cards and Identities. Note that, just like all of the browser extensions, you can type Command-\ at any time to access the 1Password window.

We think you’ll enjoy using the new extension as much as we enjoyed working on it!

Chrome extension updated to 0.6.2


Update! Check here for updated news on the Chrome extension, it’s come a long way!


Chrome_icon.jpgWe’ve had a bunch of great feedback in our Chrome extension forum from 1Password users willing to help us test our alpha Chrome extension – thanks folks!

One of the comments we most frequently heard was that, even in its alpha state, the Chrome extension is massively useful, but that it would really help if it could save new logins. What you told us is that everything else can wait, but that the ability to save new logins—not just use existing ones—is essential. We’re happy to tell you that version 0.6.2 introduces this feature.

For those just tuning in: yes, we have an alpha version of a 1Password extension for Google Chrome that you can help us test. Just keep in mind: it’s an alpha, so it is nowhere near feature-complete, and it can be rough around the edges (sometimes rougher than a beta!). It is also only for the Mac version of Chrome, not Windows.

To get set up:

Getting future updates is easy: Chrome automatically gives you the latest and greatest version! Chrome auto-updates its extensions, and we made sure that our alpha extension works with that system.

According to a Google Chrome support document, “extensions automatically update whenever an update is available.” So you should be all set!

Thanks for helping us test our alpha extension for Google Chrome, and be sure to leave feedback in our Chrome extension forum and check out Chrome extension changelog for a list of fixes and new features!

A 1Password alpha for Chromium is here


Update! Check here for updated news on the Chrome extension, it’s come a long way!


You’ve shown your support for 1Password in Chrome by emailing, posting in our forums, tweeting, Facebook poking, shipping sacrificial lambs (tip: FedEx is much more lamb-friendly than UPS), offering first-borns, and even a really good pie. We really appreciate all the love everyone, and I’m happy to say that we can finally return some to you.

We now have an alpha 1Password extension ready for testing in Chrome.


Please read this important stuff

Before we get down to business, I have to emphasize that this is an alpha, a term with origins in the Greek “alpha,” which meant “extremely early in the development phase, with very little polish, and many nonexistent and unfinished features.” Yes, even the ancient Greeks alpha-tested software, usually so the gods didn’t have to. It’s true! Look it up1.

We’re so early in the development phase for our Chrome extension that the main feedback we’re soliciting at this point is “yay 1Password works in Chrome!” or “it doesn’t even work.” Right now, the only features that (are supposed to) work are unlocking 1Password and filling simple login forms (in other words: 1Password can fill usernames and passwords into a number of sites in Chrome, but we know that plenty don’t work yet). Don’t forget: this is an alpha feature for a beta developer platform. If you decide to help us test the Chrome extension, please leave feedback about these features in our new Chrome forum. You can email us too, but those queries are not as high of a priority for our support staff right now since we’re in alpha, and are likely to be for at least a few weeks. You are much more likely to receive a faster response in the forums, so we encourage you to post feedback there.

Enough silly talk! Give me 1Password for Chrome!

Fortunately, helping us to test the 1Password extension in Chrome is pretty simple. We posted instructions in our alpha announcement thread, and they go a little somethin’ like this:

1. Make sure you have at least 1Password 3.0.4 installed. It just came out yesterday.
2. Install the developer build of Chrome or the latest Chromium. The latest developer version is required to have the needed extensions support.
3. Enter this URL into Chrome’s address bar: http://agile.ws/s/a330894b8 and install the extension from the notification that should appear at the bottom of Chrome’s window.

It’s a small start, but with all the requests we’ve had, we wanted to get you something sooner instead of later. We hope you enjoy testing this early alpha 1Password extension in Chrome, and don’t forget to leave feedback in our Chrome forum. You can comment here too, but our forum is the best place if you want both the Agile staff and 1Password community to chime in.


Extension not installing? Here are some tips

  • If you’ve been running the Chrome beta, you may have to delete your existing Chrome support folder before trying to install the extension. I know I had to, and you can find this folder in ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome (where “~” is your Home user folder). This means your bookmarks, browsing history, open tabs, and other settings will also be lost. Such is the fast-paced life of living on the edge. The next time your start Chrome, you can use the Chrome > Import Bookmarks and Settings option to re-import all your stuff from either Safari or Firefox if need be.
  • Try entering “chrome://extensions” (without the quotes) into Chrome’s address bar. Click “developer,” then update your extensions.
  • Some users are reporting that if the extension doesn’t begin working right away, simply restarting Chrome may do the trick.
  • Still not working? Jump over to the 1Password Chrome Support Forum for help. Be sure to start with the Troubleshooting guide which will be kept up-to-date.

1. Ok fine, it’s not true.

1Password 3 Feature Spotlight: Edit in Browser


You’re busy. You have stuff to do, your boss or professor has more stuff for you to do, and sometimes the last thing you want to deal with is changing a 1Password Login or updating a Credit Card so you can finish your online shopping and get back to avoiding all that stuff. This is why 1Password 3 takes integration to a whole new level, letting you edit your information in the browser on the fly, without opening 1Password itself.

This new feature, covertly called “Edit in Browser,” is exactly what it sounds like: it lets you make changes to your Logins, Credit Cards, and Identities simply from 1Password’s browser extension. You can even delete items if the situation calls for it.

You can access Edit in Browser from the 1Password extension, either via the “1P” button in your browser’s toolbar, or the 1Password menubar item that you can enable for other supported apps like NetNewsWire. To edit a Login, Credit Card, or Identity, hold the Shift key when mousing over those menus in the 1P button (note for Firefox users: you have to hold Shift before you click the 1P button). You’ll see an “Edit” badge appear before each item – click it.


The window that appears is the bread and butter of Edit in Browser (click the image above for a larger view). You have full control to change information, add tags (new!) and attachments (new!), and even customize the security access level of the item. When you’re done, simply click “Save Changes” at the bottom right of the Edit in Browser window, and go back on about your business. In and out in record time, and you don’t even have to touch the 1Password app.

If you need to delete an item quickly, hold Shift+Option in the 1P button. The “Edit” badge will instead be “Delete,” and any item that suffers your mouse click will be moved to 1Password’s trash, awaiting its final sentencing. You can also use the “Move to Trash” button from the Edit in Browser window to trash an item.

We hope you enjoy Edit in Browser, and as always, we love to hear your thoughts on new features like this. Be sure to check out the rest of our Feature Spotlight series that goes in-depth on new 1Password 3 features, including iPhone sync, Software Licenses, and 1PasswordAnywhere.

1Password 3 Feature Spotlight: 1PasswordAnywhere

Now that we’ve outed some of 1Password 3’s hottest new features, it’s time to start exploring some of them in our Feature Spotlight series. First up is one of our most-requested features: 1PasswordAnywhere.

1Password is a Mac application, but what about the times when you’re visiting that one family member for the holidays who hasn’t switched yet, and you need your webmail password? Maybe you’re on Linux at work, or simply someone else’s Mac, and you need to quickly look up some FTP credentials or a Secure Note? If you don’t sync 1Password with one of our 1Password touch apps for iPhone and iPod touch, 1PasswordAnywhere has you covered.

As the successor to my1Password, which we began working on in 2007, 1PasswordAnywhere allows you to view your 1Password keychain anywhere you have a modern browser and an Internet connection or other access to your keychain. Whether you keep (or copy) your keychain on a USB thumb drive or use Dropbox, our favorite syncing service, you can now decrypt and view your keychain on Windows and Linux PCs virtually anywhere you are. This provides the convenience of always having your keychain with you (no matter what computer you’re on) while ensuring that your data is kept as secure and encrypted as possible.

How to use 1PasswordAnywhere

1PasswordAnywhere (1PA) is built into every Agile Keychain used by 1Password 3. To use 1PA when away from your Mac and 1Password, you will need access to your Agile Keychain using something like a USB thumb drive or online with Dropbox. Here’s a short run-through on how to use 1PasswordAnywhere:

  1. On non-Mac operating systems your keychain will appear as a regular folder (don’t worry, all your data is still very secure. Open that folder
  2. Open the first file inside of your keychain, called 1Password.html, in a modern browser like Firefox or Safari (sorry IE users, but it’s going to take some extra time to get 1PA working in your browser)
  3. You will be greeted with a password prompt. Enter your Master Password, and you can view and copy all your data from a replication of 1Password 3’s new UI

In fact, your keychain will appear as a folder in Dropbox, and there is no need to download it. Just click the 1Password.html file, as 1PasswordAnywhere will “do the right thing” and run properly in your browser.

Note to MobileMe iDisk users: Many of our customers have reported that iDisk is too slow for syncing 1Password keychains, so we strongly recommend against using it. However, you can place a copy of your keychain on your iDisk before going on a trip and download a copy later to access 1PasswordAnywhere. Unfortunately, you cannot start 1PasswordAnywhere straight from me.com like you can with Dropbox.

What you can do with 1PasswordAnywhere

You will find that you can view all of your data is in 1PasswordAnywhere, including Logins, Identities, Secure Notes, Software Licenses, Wallet Items, generated Passwords, and even the Trash. You can copy and paste information into shopping carts and login forms, and your Login passwords are hidden until you click “reveal” next to each one.

Watch the demo video above to see 1PasswordAnywhere in action on Windows and a Mac. In a nut, 1PasswordAnywhere is your 1Password home away from 1Password.

David Chartier
Chief Media Producer, Agile Web Solutions