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1Password for Mac 4.2 gets 30 new features

updated 09:19 am EDT, Thu March 13, 2014

Improvements concentrate on 1Password mini

AgileBits has released an important update for 1Password for Mac, its flagship password management software. Version 4.2 incorporates some 30 new features, many of them concentrating on 1Password mini, the app's menu bar extension. Items can now be edited from within Mini, including generated passwords. Better URL matching makes it easier to log into sites with subdomains, and the extension now has "improved" support for multiple Chrome profiles.

Mini can now also show Secure Notes, and use fuzzy search entries. AgileBits gives the example of "oogle" turning up items with "Google" in them.

Other changes to 1Password include an enhanced AutoSave function, which searches every vault before asking to save or update logins, and prompts people to save logins in primary vaults by default. Item editing refinements let people switch vaults while editing, or edit when 1Password locks or quits in the middle of a change.

The update is free to existing owners of 1Password for Mac, but currently only available for the regular edition of the software, not the one on the Mac App Store. The latter will be updated following Apple approval.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Inkling

    Senior User

    Joined: 07-25-06

    Does it fix the #1 flaw in every earlier 4.0+ Mac versions? That's the fact that if you manually enter a log-in, get busy and forget to manually save that entry, then what is there is totally and utterly lost when the auto-logout occurs. Take my word for it, that can be very frustrating.
    Next to that is 1P's most irritating feature. The developers have their way of making new entries. I've got another. Before 4.0 that didn't matter. Now it does. I like to create a password, save a spare copy to the note field, and enter it myself into a webpage. Trying to do that with post-4.0 versions and you'll feel like screaming. It won't let you copy a newly created entry. Try to do anything and it interprets that as wanting to create a new random string. Why anyone would want to do that is beyond me. Users haven't even been able to see what that new entry is, so why would they want to make it something else?
    All in all, I've been very frustrated with 1P since 4.0. Too many changes were made without taking into account that users had different ways of using the app. There seems to be only one way to use it and those who take any other approach find the UI frustrating them at every turn.

  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    Yikes, sounds like a pain. Although I would expect that the software wouldn't want you copying and pasting passwords, for security.

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