The Fellowship of the 1Password Extension completes its mission

Ages ago, in a land far from this one, our merry band of developers and designers, known as The Fellowship of the 1Password Extension, set out to complete two missions: destroy some gold ring with a creepy, invisible inscription, and rebuild our 1Password browser extension from byte-one for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox on OS X and Windows. The journey was long, and much code was lost and reborn along the way. But at long last, we are pleased to announce that our new extension now works for all the major browsers with its arrival on Firefox for Windows.

Oh, and the aforementioned ring is also toast.

With our recent release of 1Password extension version 3.9, we now support Firefox for Windows. That means we now have one powerful, core code base that makes it much easier for us to support Safari, Chrome, and Firefox across both OS X and Windows.

All of the main 1Password extension features are here in Firefox for Windows (save for any browser-specific perks like the 1Password Omnibar trick in Chrome). To get it, all you need to do is open 1Password for Windows, click Preferences in the toolbar, then click the Browsers tab, and click the Firefox option. Our extension download page will open in Firefox, and you can follow the brief instructions there.

This completes an important chapter in our saga, and the Fellowship of the 1Password Extension can finally rest, or perhaps grab a beer with the Elves in Rivendell. But, of course, 1Password’s journey is never truly over—there is still much work to be done, and the Fellowship will stand ready for action.

A fix for Safari 5.1.4 for Mac and 1Password Helper problems

Good news, everyone! Well, bad news, then good news. To keep things short: Apple just released Safari 5.1.4, and it’s causing some ruckus with our 1Password browser extension for a few of our Mac users. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that we have a fix, and it’s pretty darn easy. We have a support document that explains everything with an accompany screenshot, but in short: for the vast majority of customers experiencing this problem, it seems to be an issue with running Safari in 32-bit mode instead of 64-bit. To get Safari and our 1Password Helper playing nicely together again, you can:

  • Quit Safari
  • Right-click Safari in your Applications folder and choose Get Info
  • Uncheck the “Open in 32-bit mode” option
  • Restart Safari and live happily ever after

So far, we’ve seen only one instance where a customer also had to restart their Mac for this fix to actually stick. But on the whole, this seems to solve the problem. If you still experience trouble, though, please get in touch with our support team and they’ll get you squared away!

A big 1Password extension 3.9 update is out!

Are you sitting down? Ok, you folks who stand while you work—don’t answer that. Regardless, if you’re reading this in Safari, Chrome, or Firefox, we have a great new 1Password browser extension release for you.

Fresh out of beta is version 3.9 of our browser extension, and boy it’s a doozy. We added support for multiple profiles to Firefox and Chrome, and domain matching is, as they say in the car industry, “all new,” except we actually mean it. We completely rewrote it to watch out for things like subdomains and international domains.

All told, we added over 20 new features, changes, fixes, and bits of TLC in this extension update, and you can read all the details if so inclined. As for how to get it:

  • If you already have our new 1Password browser extension installed, your browser should update automatically, if it hasn’t already
  • If you need to install our extension on Mac or PC (Windows Firefox users—your wait is almost over, promise!), just open 1Password’s Preferences to the Browsers pane, click Install Browser Extensions, and follow the instructions on the webpage that opens

We hope you enjoy the new extension, and let us know what you think!

1Password Power Tip [Mac]: Create a 1Click Bookmark

Know what’s fast? Typing in a URL, then hitting Command-\ to automatically fill your 1Password Login and randomized password to get on with what you’re doing. Know what’s even faster? Clicking a single bookmark to have all that work done for you.

Nerd blogger Brett Kelly, productive podcast Back to Work, TUAW, and Lifehacker have recently mentioned one of our best “guy-behind-the-guy” features in 1Password for Mac, one that is super handy but probably doesn’t get enough of the credit it deserves: 1Password’s “1Click Bookmark.”

Long story short: you can add a button for any site to your browser toolbar that—in one fell swoop click—both opens a website and logs you into it. How do you attain such 1Password awesomeness? Simple:

  1. Find a Login in the main 1Password app that you want to access quickly
  2. Drag it from 1Password to the bookmarks bar of any browser we make an extension for

It’s. that. simple.

From now on, you can click your awesome new 1Click Bookmark (or bookmarks—create as many as you want!) to open its site in the current tab and login right away  (though if the 1Password extension is locked, you’ll need to enter your Master Password). This is especially handy if you have multiple Logins for a site, because the bookmark you create calls on the specific Login that you dragged from 1Password.

If you want to know more about 1Click Bookmarks, check out our help doc about them or swing on by posts at Nerd Gap, Lifehacker, and TUAW.

1Password 3.9.4 is waiting for Mac App Store customers

Fire up those Mac App Stores and click those Updates tabs ladies and gentlemen, because 1Password 3.9.4 is waiting to do your bidding.

This is a minor (and free) update that brings a few bug fixes and one key new feature: support for multiple browser profiles for Chrome and Firefox users. This has been a big request lately, and we’re happy to answer the call. We also improved a number of localizations in this release.

If you want to start rolling with multiple profiles in Chrome and Firefox right away, you’ll need the 3.9 beta version of our browser extension (we’re wrapping up work on it and hope to ship the final version soon). To opt into our beta extension, open 1Password and go to 1Password > Install Browser Extensions to open our extension download page. Click the beta option on that page and install any extensions you need. Alternatively, you can just wait a little bit and we should have the 3.9 version of our browser extension out soon.

Check out our forum for the rest of 1Password 3.9.4’s changelog, or just open Mac App Store to see the release notes and grab your copy.

1Password updates are out with some nice new perks

They say “good things come in pairs.” Or maybe it’s “to those who wait.” Hang on, who is “they” anyway?

Before we get wrapped up in colloquialisms, let’s tackle something a little easier: the new perks that both our Mac App Store and website customers can enjoy in a pair of 1Password updates we released. We’ve added the usual round of all-natural performance enhancements and polish (honest: AgileBits is a steroid-free company!). Mac App Store customers can check the “What’s New” section in the store, and website customers can check our version history page.

These updates are waiting for you, right now, up in the Agile Cloud. Here’s how to grab them:

  • Mac App Store customers: Open the Mac App Store and go to the Updates tab
  • Website customers: Go to 1Password > Check for Updates

1Password How-To: Install the browser extension—what do you think?

Now that some other Agile duties have simmered down, I’m getting back to one of my passions: tutorial videos. I love working on our documentation and creating helpful videos, so here’s one of my first quick shots after dusting off my ScreenFlow license.

This is a how-to on installing the 1Password browser extension for Mac App Store customers (our website version has a slightly different process) and clocks in at just over two minutes. If you get a minute, give it a look and let me know what you think in the comments:

Some things to think about:

  • Is it more helpful than a hindrance?
  • Does it move too quickly or did you fall asleep?
  • Is this audio and video enough, or should I add visual descriptions of steps as I explain them? (think: some kind of an overlay with brief instructions like “Step 2: Click the whichamadinger below the thingie”)

I’d love to hear what you think of this initial attempt after being gone for a while. It’ll help me make more and more helpful videos like these.

1Password extension gets Firefox import, some nips and tucks

You’d think our developers would take some time off over the holidays. You know, put down Xcode and pick up their child, a Michael Bublé album, and some eggnog.

You would be half right.

Our resident code architects somehow found time over the last few days to polish an update to our new 1Password extension for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on Mac, as well as Safari and Chrome on Windows (Firefox for Windows support is still on the way for the new extension, but those customers can still install the previous extension from 1Password’s preferences).

1Password extension 3.8.9 gained some great improvements to Autosubmit (especially on sites like iCloud.com and iWork.com) and better mouse interaction. But there’s a big new feature too: “Import Saved Firefox Passwords.” As the name suggests, there is a new button in the extension’s Settings panel that allows you to import Logins from Firefox’s built-in password manager.

Now I know what some of you are about to ask: “So when will Safari and Chrome get this?” We can’t promise anything just yet, because due to the way those browsers stored your Logins before you installed 1Password, they’re tougher challenges. Rest assured, we’re working on it, so stay tuned.

Your browser should automatically update your 1Password extension to this v3.8.9 update, but you might need to check your browser’s extension manager to make sure automatic updates are installed. Here’s the full changelog:

New

Added “Import Saved Firefox Passwords” button in Settings to automatically import passwords from Firefox’s internal password manager.

Changed

  • Improved Autosubmit algorithm, including websites like iCloud.com and iWork.com.
  • Updated Firefox Add-on SDK (Jetpack) to latest version.Using “Helper” instead of “Agent” in messages shown to the user.
  • Added the ability to disable unlock animations to work around a freezing issue in Chrome.
  • To disable unlock animations, go to the Settings > About and click the 1Password icon to reveal the Advanced settings.

Fixed

  • Logins within the All Logins section now highlight during mouseover and properly reveal the View Details arrow.
  • Changed supported Firefox’s max-version “12.*” to “12.0a1” to avoid being marked as incompatible.
  • Password generator sliders in Firefox now update the generated password.
  • Now properly filling Logins on sites that (incorrectly) use the same HTML element id for multiple input fields. For example, NAB Internet Banking.

1Password 3.8.12 for Mac fixes Chrome, snack pack issues

Hello again, Agile Readers, and welcome to another episode of 1Password Updates! We have another minor yet exciting episode for you today—will that Chrome bug get squashed, could that fix get… fixed? Read on for the exciting conclusion!

Ok, let’s put that theme on hold and just cut to the chase. 1Password 3.8.12 for Mac for our web store customers isn’t a big feature release, but it’s a good bug fix release. In particular, we fixed a few lingering problems related to communicating with the Chrome extension, a few other general quirks in the 1Password Helper, and we are happy to say that 1Password weighed in at 1MB lighter on the file scale!

The full changelog goes a little something like this:

  • Now verifying 1PasswordAgent files exist within the 1Password.app package before removing and upgrading existing agent
  • Improved 1PasswordAgent communication with Google Chrome to avoid timeouts
  • Improved logging in 1PasswordAgent when communicating with web browsers
  • Reduced download size by just over 1 MB
  • Now opening the correct url when using the Help > Release Notes menu
  • Fixed crash of helper when attempting to unlock browser extension with a blank master password
  • Fixed problem preserving aspect ratio of software license icon images
  • Fixed problem deleting software item icon with the keyboard Delete key
As you might guess, if you use 1Password for Mac from our website, you can open it and go to 1Password > Check for Updates to grab this new version.

1Password for Windows: our new Safari extension is out of beta!

1Password extension - LoginsGreetings Windows-slinging Agile Readers! Remember that all-new 1Password extension we began testing with Safari a couple weeks ago? I’m happy to say that you may feel free to remove its beta badge at your earliest convenience.

Wait, scratch that. Safari should automatically do it for you, if it hasn’t already. Hooray for automatic extension updates! To make sure Safari has you covered, you can hit the gear menu and to go Preferences > Extensions. Click the Updates panel and make sure “Install Updates Automatically” is enabled. If you haven’t grabbed the new extension yet, here’s how:

  • Make sure you have the latest version of 1Password by going to Help > Check for Updates
  • Click the Preferences button, go to the Browsers pane, and click the Safari option
  • Follow the instructions on our extension download website that opens

Yes, the new version of our extension has gone official for Safari for Windows, and so have its many slick new features. User feedback was great, so we’re getting to work on bringing it to the other Windows browsers we support. As far as a timeline goes, though, I can’t say anything just yet. You’ll just have to stay tuned here on the blog, on Twitter @1Password and @AgileBits, and on Facebook!