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!

Using 1Password in Safari on OS X 10.7 (Lion)

Happy Memorial day! I thought our friends in the US would appreciate a surprise on their holiday: 1Password now has great support for OS X 10.7! This will give everyone something to play with during their long weekend. :)

OS X 10.7 brings some fantastic changes and ushers in a completely new approach to how 1Password integrates with Safari. We’re really excited about the possibilities enabled by this new technology. One of the biggest changes you’ll see immediately is an entirely new UI:

Please see this forum post on details on how to enable 1Password on Lion:

Enabling 1Password in Lion

If you have any questions or problems, please [join us in the 1Password beta forum][1] and we’ll be happy to help. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! And if you’re not in the US, call in sick on Monday. That’s my plan anyway. ;)

[1]: http://forum.agile.ws/index.php?/forum/12-1password-3-beta-builds/

Safari 5 arrives and 1Password 3.2 is live

Image © Apple

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2010, being held in San Francisco this week, kicked off this morning with a keynote by Steve Jobs. A lot was covered, including iPad software updates, the iTunes App Store, iPhone 4, and iOS 4. Right now, what we’d like to talk to you about is…

Safari 5

Image © Apple

It’s here, and we’re ready. 1Password 3 has been updated for Safari 5 compatibility, so you won’t have to wait to upgrade to Safari 5 or do without 1Password in Safari. In addition, this update (1Password for Mac version 3.2) includes a number of fixes and improvements, as usual, so it’s worth your while to grab the latest version even if you’re not upgrading to Safari 5 just yet.

1Password 3.2’s requirements haven’t changed, so if you’ve been running 1Password 3, the update will not give you any trouble.

To install the latest version, run 1Password 3 on your Mac and click 1Password > Check for Updates.

UPDATE: It seems that there is a problem with version 3.2. We are working on an update.

UPDATE 2: Please update to version 3.2.1 to restore 1P button in Safari 5.

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