1Password version 2.5 has just been released!
The 2.5 release is the biggest update that 1Password has ever had and brings support for Leopard, iPhone, and a completely new look and feel.
Despite all this great new features and improvements, version 2.5 is a FREE upgrade to all existing customers of 1Password! This is just one of our ways of saying "Thanks" for being our customer. Thank You!
If you already have 1Password installed, you can upgrade to 2.5 by selecting "Check for Updates" from the main 1Passwd application menu. If you don't have 1Password installed or want to install it manually, you can download the latest version here.
Below are the highlights of the changes made in version 2.5. There are many other changes, more than 300 in fact, but I decided to stick to the highlights to keep this post manageable. In the future I'll post a detailed blog entry for each of these items.
Completely New and Improved Look-and-Feel
A few months ago we hired Dan full time; Dan is a great designer and he has been begging to make some changes to the 1Password UI since he came on board. We worked together to redesign the main 1Password application and it looks much more polished now. Without further ado, here is the new look:
The currently selected item has been given a lot more focus now, and the removal of the Add/Remove/Edit/Duplicate buttons has allowed the separator to be much slimmer. The Edit button is much clearer now too, and there is no longer an "edit mode"; instead the Edit button brings up a new window.
Also, all the icons and item detail view have been updated.
New Wallet Feature For Credit Cards
As you can see in the screen shot above there is a new section called Wallet. In previous versions of 1Password you kept your Credit Card information inside your Identity. Many people have multiple credit cards so we needed a way to avoid duplicating the identity information. The Wallet solves this problem nicely, as Credit Cards are now stored separately from the Identities.
In the browser, when you want to fill a credit card form, you can select the new Fill With Wallet feature:
Greatly Improved Form Filler
The 2.5 release has completely changed the form filling algorithm. Roustem has done a wonderful job of improving the success ratio when filling web pages.
While the Identity filler has made big improvements, the greatest improvement of all can be seen when filling Credit Card information. On the websites that we have tried, over 95% of the payment forms were filled successfully by 1Password.
If you find any websites where Credit Card information is not filled correctly, let us know and we'll fix it asap.
New Sync to iPhone Feature
Since before the iPhone was released, passionate 1Password users have been pleading for us to support it. As Canadians we couldn't even get one, so Roustem and I travelled to Chicago to purchase a few for development.
After several grueling weeks, we are proud to announce that 1Password 2.5 sports a new icon on its toolbar!
This Sync to iPhone feature allows you to export all your 1Password data to an encrypted Safari Bookmarklet, which can then be used on the iPhone (or iPod Touch!) to access all your information. Of course everything is encrypted with some seriously strong cryptography, namely the well-respected Blowfish encryption with Cipher Block Chaning (CBC) and randomized salt.
The best part about the Sync to iPhone bookmarklet is all your data is available on your iPhone without an internet connection, and absolutely NO HACKS. Here is a taste of what 1Password looks like on the iPhone:
Here is a full review of the Sync to iPhone feature, including a lot of screenshots to help walk you through the steps needed to get your 1Password data to your iPhone.
Improved Leopard Support (Leopard build number 9A559)
Soon there will be a new Big Cat in town — Leopard will be released this Friday!
1Password 2.5 adds support for Leopard (specifically build #9A559). We don't yet have a copy of the final Leopard version that will be released on Friday, but with any luck Apple has not changed anything major and 1Password 2.5 will continue to work.
Currently 1Password supports Safari, WebKit, Firefox, Flock, and Netscape Navigator on Leopard. Leopard support for Omniweb, DEVONagent, Camino, and NetNewsWire will be coming soon.
Officially Changing 1Passwd Application Name to 1Password
In version 2.5 the name 1Passwd is officially being retired. 1Passwd will always have a special place in my heart, but it was time to change it to 1Password.
The original 1Passwd name was actually chosen because the domain 1Password.com was not available. In the beginning, we couldn't afford to spend any extra money on domains, so we thought using the spelling of the Unix "passwd" command would be perfect.
Now that 1Password has become the most popular password manager, we decided to go wild and purchase the 1Password domain. We think the 1Password name looks more professional and will be more approachable for new users. I hope you like the new name!
New Folder Functionality
Version 2.5 changes the way Folders work. It used to be that each section would have its own Folders, which could be very confusing and difficult to use. In 2.5, there is only one set of folders and when you select the folder, it displays all the items in it, regardless of their type. This allows you to easily search your entire 1Password keychain across all sections.
Completely Reworked and Optimized Code Base
The biggest change of all in the 2.5 release is one that you cannot even see. We made several important changes to the underlying 1Password code base that will allow us to be more Agile in the future.
One benefit of these changes you will see immediately is the performance of 1Password has improved greatly. The initial application load time is the most noticeable; starting the 1Password application is very snappy.
Added Sync to my1Password Feature
Last but definitely not least is the Sync to my1Password feature. Everyone we have shown loves the my1Password concept and how we've implemented it, and cannot wait to use it!
What is it exactly? Well, the new my1Password website will allow you to access all your 1Password data from anywhere there is an Internet connection. A dual security layer keeps your data secure and confidential, even from website administrators. With my1Password, you can securely access your data from your friend's house, your iPhone, Windows, and even Linux!
Here is a sneak peak of the new my1Password web service:
In the future I will post a complete guide to my1Password, as well as detail the security model we used to secure your information. Invitations to the my1Password service will be sent out soon.
You can download the latest version of 1Password from the main 1Password download page.
Here is the full CHANGELOG for version 2.5.
- NEW Changed application name to 1Password.
- NEW New and improved text-based internal keychain format.
- NEW Added Wallet section to store credit card information.
- NEW Added Sync to iPhone feature based on a special bookmark.
- NEW Added support for syncing with the my1Password website.
- NEW Folders can now be rearranged using drag-n-drop.
- NEW Added folder selection to Save Form.
- NEW Added menu commands for all features.
- NEW Added new toolbar items.
- NEW Items can now be deleted by dragging into the Trash folder.
- NEW Added a check for the damaged keychain file on application startup.
- NEW Changed the way sections and folders work.
- CHANGED Improved Leopard support.
- CHANGED Improved look and feel of the main window.
- CHANGED Changed section icons.
- CHANGED Significant application performance improvements.
- CHANGED Improved Fill with Identity feature.
- CHANGED Greatly improved Fill with Credit Card feature.
- CHANGED All generated passwords are now kept in the keychain (removed 100 last generated password limit).
- CHANGED Improved Autosave to only prompt when there is no other web form with the same username and password.
- CHANGED Changed to use the same set of folders for all object types.
- CHANGED Replaced "Export as Property List" with "Export as a Web Page".
- CHANGED Improved Firefox extension installation.
- CHANGED Automatically update the Firefox extension when the new version is installed.
- FIXED Made sure Basic Authentication window does not prompt to autosave
if username or password is empty.