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AgileBits releases major updates to 1Password for Mac, iOS

updated 11:10 am EDT, Tue April 22, 2014

iOS app gets visual overhaul

AgileBits has released updates to the Mac and iOS editions of 1Password, its app for creating and storing passwords, as well as saving data related to credit cards, passports, and bank accounts. 1Password for Mac 4.3 includes a host of improvements, a number of which focus on 1Password mini, such as the ability to edit items and generated passwords from within the plugin. Mini is also capable of searching any and all 1Password content, displaying Secure Notes, and several new keyboard shortcuts.

Some enhancements to the rest of the Mac app include fullscreen support, the ability to pick which vault to use when saving a new login, and a variety of sync and export tweaks. Changing a master password on one device for instance will automatically propagate the change to other devices. Data files can be synced offline via USB, and/or exported to CSV or plain text. AgileBits cautions that CSV and plain text files aren't secure.

Other improvements include options like restoring from backup when launching 1Password for the first time, and better URL detection, meaning the app can figure out if you're trying to log into a subdomain of a site where you have a saved password.

The iOS version of 1Password has been updated to v4.5, and has been completely redesigned to fit the look of iOS 7 and incorporate new features. It now supports shared and multiple vaults, like the Mac software, though only one vault at a time can be synced through iCloud. The rest have to depend on Dropbox; support for multiple Dropbox accounts is in fact another addition. A second Mac carryover is the ability to tag saved items.

AgileBits has meanwhile reduced the size of vault files and the app itself, and improved Wi-Fi sync. Saved items can be shared via AirDrop, and a new search bar has been added to the Categories view. 1Browser, finally, has gained a loading progress indicator, and swiping gestures for going forward or backward.

Both the Mac and iOS updates are free to previous v4.x owners. For new buyers the apps have been temporarily reduced 50 percent to $25 and $9, respectively.

by MacNN Staff



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