The Agile Cruise 2010

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After releasing major upgrades to 1Password, 1Password touch, and AllBookmarks 4.0 in 2009, the Agile Web Solutions team decided it was time for some R&R! Many of us have never set sail on the seas, so a five-day Royal Caribbean cruise to Cozumel, Mexico and Belize City, Belize sounded like the perfect opportunity to relax, brainstorm, and get away from it all! As proof that we did actually take a vacation for once (while never straying too far from our customer support duties), we present some photos of a most excellent time had by all.

The Agile team members above who came along, from left to right, are: Chad Seldomridge, Jamie Phelps, Roustem Karimov (co-founder), Dan Peterson, Dave Teare (co-founder), Gita Lal, David Chartier, and Marty Skinner.

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We sailed out of Miami, FL on January 25, 2010 on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas, a beautiful 138,000 ton boat ship with 14 decks of relaxing, swimming, sunbathing, fine dining, exercising, dancing, and even ice skating goodness. Before you ask: no, Apple did not check with us before scheduling its iPad event during our vacation. Yes, we still feel a little sore about it.

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The Navigator was described by some as “Las Vegas on a boat.” I haven’t been to Vegas yet, but I’m inclined to agree. This is the Royal Promenade on Deck 5, a collection of shops, bars, restaurants, and even some passenger cabins up above.

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Three from Agile’s team – Chad Seldomridge, Jamie Phelps, and I – took a dolphin “excursion” at the Chankanaab National Marine Park in Cozumel, Mexico. We got some training in basic signals that our dolphin, Lissy, would know, and we got to “shake hands” and swim with her for a couple of hours. We agreed that it was one of the coolest experiences of our lives.

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Royal Caribbean’s Stateroom Attendants can brighten your day with a couple of towels and a pair of sunglasses.

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Of course, what Royal Caribbean cruise is complete without a little work? Dave, Roustem (pictured) and the rest of the team occasionally sat down to check in with the support staff that proudly manned the bridge of the Agile Pearl of the Seas back home (that’s a little customer support + cruise humor there). We even managed to do some brainstorming, some company planning, we squashed a few bugs, and answer some support questions to make sure we didn’t get too comfortable with margaritas at 11am and the free ice cream station by the pools.

All in all, it was an incredible trip, and the first cruise for most of the Agile team. We returned refreshed and raring to build all the great things we plan to bring you in 2010. Gita, Marty, and I actually don’t have much time to settle back in at home. We ship off next week with fellow Agile ninja Cindy Compton for Macworld Expo 2010! Hope to see you there!

Help 1Password win About.com's Reader's Choice Award 2010!

About_com_Mac_logo.jpgWe’re honored that 1Password 3 was nominated for About.com’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards in the Best System Utility category! We’re up against some great competition like Default Folder X (which I personally use and love), MouseWizard, DaisyDisk, and MainMenu.

But as much as we love our fellow indie Mac apps, I do believe that it is our solemn duty to ruthlessly annihilate them in the spirit of friendly competition! If you love 1Password (even if it’s just the platonic kind of love – y’know, nothin’ weird), head over to About.com’s Best Mac System Utility nomination page and click on 1Password under the poll section to vote! And if you’re feeling particularly democratic, hit the main award voting page to vote on your favorite Mac apps across all categories.

I can’t find details of About.com’s voting rules, but if they’re anything like most other sites these days, you are probably allowed to vote once in each category per day that voting is open. The polls are open now and run through the end of February, so show 1Password some clicky love and help us win About.com’s Reader’s Choice Best Mac Utility of 2010 award!

1Password promoted and recommended by Apple's San Francisco store

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I think this photo from Berk D. Demir speaks for itself. He snapped this shot from one of Apple’s San Francisco store demos, where the employee featured our website and recommended 1Password to his audience!

(Also, before you ask: no, the slight irony that Berk used an Android device to snap this shot is not lost on us.)

Thanks for catching this Berk!

Lifehacker: "Your Passwords Aren't As Secure As You Think; Here's How to Fix That"

Lifehacker Lifehacker’s “The How-To Geek” wrote a reality check about password security in the 21st century, and the summarized thesis is that things are still not great. The blogger points out some pitfalls of modern security implementations, including the fact that Pidgin, a popular open-source, multi-protocol chat client, stores account passwords on the drive in plain text. Egad.

The How-To Geek arrives at the ultimate conclusion that: 

The only truly secure way to store your passwords is to use a password manager to securely track your passwords, combined with a a great master password to protect the rest of your saved passwords.

A link to a previous Lifehacker post, Five Best Password, Managers, offers some great recommendations for taking your online security up a notch, including 1Password.

We’re always grateful to get a mention from a great publication like Lifehacker. But it’s also good to hear a call to both developers and users to take security more seriously.

A look back at a very Agile 2009

2009_fireworks.jpgWhat a year! We laughed, we cried, but fortunately, no one hurled. We kicked off 2009 by winning an award at Macworld, then expanded the company by hiring four new people, and hit our home stretch by releasing major new versions of both 1Password and AllBookmarks.

Plenty more happened along the way, though, so pull up a chair and look back with us at a very Agile year.

January 9, 2009: Agile Web Solutions wins Best of Show Award at Macworld for 1Password from Macsimum News / MacTech Magazine. Not a bad start, if we may say so ourselves.

Safari_icon.pngFebruary 25: Apple released a beta of Safari 4, and ever the agile (nyuk nyuk) company, we sprang into action the same day with support for it.

May 19: May was a good month for 1Password exposure. CNET made 1Password an Editor’s Choice, and NPR recommended 1Password twice to listeners.

May 29: Apple picks 1Password as a “Featured Download” on its official Downloads site.

June 2: 1Password touch 2.0 arrived with 1Password 2.9.16 and a rewritten Wi-Fi sync feature. Sync finally got a lot easier, but stayed just as secure as ever.

1Pt_logo.jpgJune 8: 1Password touch was spotted in Apple’s official iPhone 3GS Guided Tour video. It’s good to see Apple promoting (if only secondhand) the practice of staying secure even while on-the-go.

June 8-12: Agile Web Solutions partied it up got down to seriously serious business at WWDC 2009.

June 17: Apple released iPhone OS 3.0, and both versions of 1Password touch got their groove on. The standard version was ready for the new OS, and 1Password touch Pro gained some fancy new features powered by the new OS.

July: Macworld tipped its hat in our direction not one, not two, but three times. First, Macworld’s Joe Kissell called 1Password “outstanding” and touted our Strong Password Generator, then he highlighted that 1Password is great for organizing a lot more than passwords. Macworld’s Dan Frakes upped the ante later in July, though, by creating a video called “Why [Macworld] loves 1Password](http://www.switchersblog.com/2009/07/why-macworld-loves-1password.html). Thanks again for such kind words and videos guys!

July 16: Twittergate. Twitter got hacked and hundreds of the company’s internal business documents were stolen (note: not the usernames or passwords of Twitter users). Now we are always bummed and sympathetic when something terrible like this happens. But we were also honored that Twitter co-founder Evan Williams recommended 1Password in the wake of the hack.

SnowLeopard_box.jpgAugust 26: We didn’t want Snow Leopard beta users to suffer life without 1Password, so we released a limited beta of 1Password 3 for those who ventured forth.

Fun (non)fact: forcing Mac users to go without 1Password is considered torture in some countries. Honest. But don’t look that up; just trust me.

October 28: We swung open the doors to the public for the 1Password 3 beta. There was much rejoicing. And testing.

November 19: 1Password 3 gets all grown up and sheds the beta badge. There was much rejoicing. Again.

November 24: We gave away 1Password touch for free as a Thanksgiving Thank You sale to our customers.

November 30: Leo Laporte, tech and podcasting pioneer of the TWiT network, picked 1Password 3 for his MacBreak Weekly Pick of the Week.

December 8: Google’s new Chrome browser finally came to the Mac in a very early official beta, and our master code chefs sprang to action. We began cooking up a brand new extension for Chrome, and while it is still in the oven, our 1Password Logins Bookmarklet can bring a little 1Password 3 to Chrome for now.

AllBookmarks_icon.pngDecember 11: Not ones to rest on our laurels, we released AllBookmarks 4.0, a major update to our free browser bookmarks aggregator. The new version gained support for 1Password 3 bookmarks, a keyboard shortcut, and running in 64-bit on Snow Leopard.

To make sure Agile Web Solutions can continue to be all it can be, make great software, and provide speedy support to our stellar customers, we also hired four more ninjas throughout the year. Not including accountants and lawyers, we’re up to 12 Agile folks now, and in 2009 we welcomed Marty Skinner, David Brown, Cindy Compton, and me to the team. At least I think I was welcomed to the team. Jamie stole my red stapler the first week I was here, and they keep moving my desk towards the basement stairs.

We’d like to say thanks to the people who made this all possible, so: thank you. Yes you, dear customer of Agile Web Solutions and reader of the blog. We couldn’t make great software for a living without you, and we look forward to making more great stuff for you in 2010.

Happy New Year
everyone!
The Agile Web Solutions team

Tip: Add tags when saving new Logins from your browser

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Among the 30 improvements we added to 1Password 3.0.2 yesterday is a new box for tags in our Save to 1Password tool. Now when you save a new Login from Safari, Firefox, and other dedicated browsers, you’ll be able to add tags (support for organizing your items with tags is new in 1Password 3). In addition to customizing the Login’s name and placing it in a folder, this adds another powerful layer of 1Password organization right in your browser.

Tip: Get a little 1Password 3 in Google Chrome (and Opera!) now (Updated again!)

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

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Google released the first official beta of Chrome for Mac on Tuesday. Many of our customers have been asking for us to support Chrome, so we have both good and bad news about this release. I’ll get the bad news out of the way because I think the good news will make up for it.

The (Temporarily) Bad News

Unfortunately, we have to wait for Google before we can officially support Chrome because extensions were turned off for this release, and Chrome for Mac itself is in a constant state of flux. A lot of under-the-hood changes come fairly frequently – changes you may not see as users, but changes that, as developers, can be quite significant, difficult, and time-consuming to repeatedly adjust for.

These changes are great for progress, but bad for small software shops like us who can’t afford the time and manpower to keep up with such an evolving beta project. Our ability to maintain rapid support response times and update 1Password for the Mac and iPhone would suffer, and I don’t think any of us would want that.

The Good News – Get A Little 1Password in Chrome now!

Update: Thanks to Leo M in the comments below, I’ve updated this process to slim down to just two steps for most users.

If you’re just dying – dying! – to use 1Password in Chrome for Mac right now, the good news is that you can. A little. While we don’t have an official extension that will load in Chrome yet, you can use 1Password 3’s new Logins Bookmarklet feature to create a 1Password bookmarklet in Safari that contains your Logins, then import your Safari bookmarks into Chrome. Here’s a quickie on how to set it up:

1. Create a Logins Bookmarklet in 1Password 3 from the gear menu in the lower left.

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Pick which logins and folders you want this bookmarklet to contain, set an access code at the top (make it a good one!), and click “Update Now” in the lower right to add the bookmarklet to Safari.

2. Drag your Logins Bookmarklet from Safari to Chrome

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  • Open both Safari and Chrome, then resize or move them so you can see both on screen at once.
  • In Chrome, choose View > Always Show Bookmarks Bar
  • In Safari, choose Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks, then drag the Logins Bookmarklet from Safari’s bookmarks sidebar to Chrome’s Bookmarks Bar

Alternate Version: If you want to import all Safari Bookmarks

Chrome allows you to import all your bookmarks from Safari (and Firefox for that matter). If you go this route instead, you’ll have to move your Logins Bookmarklet to Safari’s Bookmarks Menu or Bookmarks Bar before importing into Chrome, as Chrome cannot see bookmarks in Safari’s “Collections” sidebar.

After performing Step 1 from above, continue here:

2. Organize your Logins Bookmarklet

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Because Chrome For Mac does not offer even basic bookmark organization features, you’ll need to organize your Logins Bookmarklet in Safari before importing to Chrome.

By default, 1Password will add your Logins Bookmarklet to Safari’s Collections area, so you’ll need to move it to a more Chrome-friendly location. Open Safari, go to Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks, then click either the Bookmarks Bar or Bookmarks Menu sections. Drag the Logins Bookmarklet into the section or folder you prefer.

3. Import into Chrome

The first time you start Chrome, it will offer to import your information from another browser. If this is your first time running Chrome, Make sure Safari is selected, then click “Start Google Chrome” to perform the import and get to Chroming.

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If you have already been running Chrome and need to import your Safari bookmarks, go to Chrome > Import Bookmarks and Settings option to start the import tool manually.

4. Enjoy a little 1Password in Chrome

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When you need to log into a site in Chrome, just click your Logins Bookmarklet to open a nifty 1Password overlay window. Type in the Access Code you set in step 1, click the proper Login, and watch the magic happen.

Let us know what you think

The Chrome for Mac beta just came out this morning, so we haven’t had a lot of time to test how our Logins Bookmarklet performs in Chrome yet. It should be able to fill most sites that 1Password can, and it should present only the relevant Logins for each site. As always, though, we’re open to feedback, so comment here or get in touch with support to let us know how it goes.

As a reminder though, official support for Chrome is coming, but we don’t have an ETA to share yet. Google definitely means “beta” this time, so we’re keeping an eye on Chrome’s progress and will enhance it with 1Password as soon as possible.

Super Extra Important Things To Know

  • Our Logins Bookmarklet feature is one-way, so you can’t add new Logins to it from Chrome. It was originally designed as a tool to make it easier to use your Logins in Mobile Safari on iPhone and iPod touch, but it just so happens to work fine with desktop, standards-based browsers like Chrome, too
  • Just like its name states, the Logins Bookmarklet only does 1Password Logins; it does not bring your 1Password Identities or Credit Cards to Chrome
  • Be sure to use a complex password for your Logins Bookmarklet Access Code. You can make it the same as your 1Password Master Password if that’s already pretty strong, but for the ultimate in security, you should probably make it something different. All the usual rules still apply: use a special character or two, use capital and lower-case letters, no plain language words, etc. Just like 1Password, and any password management system for that matter, the security of the information in your Logins Bookmarklet relies on the strength of your Access Code.
  • Opera users: After brief testing, Logins Bookmarklets appear to work in Opera 10, too. While our official policy on Opera support is still that we can’t do it because Opera does not (and does not plan to) offer the proper extension support that third parties like us need, a Logins Bookmarklet is at least an option for you.

Chrome support is coming, but waiting on Google

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

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Chrome_icon.jpgAt version 4, Google Chrome will finally get around to the Mac. We’re almost as excited as you are for a shiny new browser, which is why we’ve updated our official Google Chrome support status on our browser requirements page to “working on it.”

The first official, public beta of Chrome 4 for Mac is imminent. But we’re going to need some time to work on supporting Chrome because Google needs more time in order to let third-party developers support Chrome. An official changelog on the Google Chrome release blog for developers says that extensions are disabled in a recent developer release, and will remain so for the first Mac beta. That means Chrome needs some more time in the beta oven before it’s ready to let extensions like ours add features and functionality.

Rest assured, we’re keeping an eye on Chrome’s development. While even the developer versions may look and work fine for many users, the fact that it is not even in beta yet means that a tremendous amount of code, features, and API implementations are in flux “under the hood.” We need to wait for Chrome’s dust to settle a bit so we don’t sacrifice our ability to make great, reliable software and respond quickly to support requests.

Bottom line: when Chrome is ready for extensions, we will enhance it with 1Password.

Leo Laporte chooses 1Password 3 for his MacBreak Weekly Pick

macbreak_leo.pngWe want to extend a big thanks to Leo Laporte, the brains and voice behind the TWiT Netcast Network, for choosing 1Password 3 as his Pick of the Week in MacBreak Weekly episode 168!

Leo touts a number of features in the upgrade like the new software licenses section, file attachments, Edit in Browser, tags, and others, then says “1Password 3 is easily the best password management utility on the Mac.” Who are we to argue with Leo Laporte? Thanks a bunch for the kind words Leo!

This year we're thankful for you: Get 1Password for iPhone for free!

1Password Thanksgiving

We here at Agile Web Solutions love making great software, but we wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without you. Yes you: our customer, there reading this at your office desk, or at home on the couch, on the bus, or while sipping a Caramel Macchiato. 

You are the reason we get to make software. So to celebrate Thanksgiving we want to give thanks to you by giving away 1Password for iPhone and iPod touch. For a week. For free.

Yes, you read that right. 1Password and 1Password Pro are available for free in the iTunes App Store until 12:01am, December 1, 2009. No tricks, no fine print, no strings attached.

You should be able to see these new, Thanksgiving-compatible prices in iTunes now. Of course, with both versions available at the same low price, you have your pick between the standard and pro versions. 1Password Pro contains all the same features as the standard version, as well as a few extra perks like Quick Copy and Paste, more convenient copying of multiple items to paste into Safari (such as a username and a password), and syncing folders from 1Password on the Mac to keep your stuff organized.

1Password Pro is also slated to gain a few more pro-level features over time, including Favorites for quick access to your most-used items and wireless, over-the-air syncing via MobileMe/WebDAV. You can read more about the differences between 1Password and 1Password Pro for iPhone, but if you are at all curious about having a few more perks now and down the road, you might as well download 1Password Pro.

If you are going to switch versions because of this sale (say, you upgrade from the standard version you got a while ago to pro, or vice versa), be sure to follow our instructions on how to switch. Because of the iPhone OS security model, 1Password Pro cannot read data created by the standard edition. Follow that help document, though, and you’ll be good to go.

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If you do not see these prices yet – as in, you still see the regular prices of $4.99 and $.7.99 – Apple’s iTunes networking gnomes may still be working their magic, so give it a little time.

But again, Agile Web Solutions customers: thanks. We couldn’t have come this far without you.

– Agile Web Solutions staff