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We’re pretty big fans of AgileBits‘s 1Password for iOS and OS X (Jeff and myself are converts). But why bother with a third-party app when Apple’s new iCloud Keychain feature in iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks keeps all your website and app passwords, Wi-Fi logins and credit cards synced?

Lots of reasons, mainly because iCloud Keychain won’t sync plenty of personal items like private notes, software serial numbers, bank accounts, passports and what not.

That’s where 1Password comes in handy. First and foremost, 1Password uses a robust architecture to ensure that your private data remains private. Apps to manage passwords usually tend to be cumbersome, but that’s never been the case with 1Password.

The software has been praised for its sleek interface, rich feature set and handy tools like browser extensions and the 1Password mini app which patiently sits in your Mac’s menu bar to make remembering new passwords a hassle-free affair.

AgileBits is now introducing a new edition of 1Password for Mac which further refines the experience of using 1Password mini, the AutoSave feature and item editing. Read on for the full reveal…

As reported by MacStories, 1Password 4.2 improves upon the companion menu bar app by letting you actually edit items. That’s a nice little time saver because previously you needed to launch 1Password to edit your stored passwords, notes and other data.

Also new: fuzzy search and the ability to access and view your secure notes, making it more powerful and saving you diving into the main 1Password app.

Pictured below: the 1Password mini menu bar with anchored windows.

1Password for Mac (1Password mini 001)

As before, 1Password mini makes it easy to find logins and passwords in a snap by enabling you to access  these items – along with favorites and more item categories – right from your 1Password vault.

And should you need to generate a strong password, iPassword mini (along with browser extensions) can do that for you, no need to launch the full 1Password app.

As for other changes, 1Password 4.2 now makes it possible to switch between vaults while editing, resume editing an item if 1Password is closed and AutoSave new logins in your primary vault (support for multiple vaults was added in 1Password 4.0).

And here’s a splashy video.

Last but not least, 1Password 4.2 features an improved URL matching for sub-domains (it now recognizes differences between site domains) and lets you sort by Category in Security Audit.

1Password 4.2 for Mac (Lenient URL Matching)
The new Lenient URL Matching feature in 1Password 4.2.

The full list of changes in 1Password 4.2 for Mac:

  • 1Password mini
    • You can now edit items directly within 1Password mini!
    • Edit generated passwords in 1Password mini, too
    • Greatly improved URL matching makes logging in to sites with sub domains easy
    • Configure URL matching for sub domains in 1Password > Preferences > Browser
    • Improved support for multiple Chrome profiles
    • By popular request, 1Password mini now shows Secure Notes!
    • 1Password mini now supports fuzzy search. For example: “oogle” will now return items named “Google”
  • AutoSave
    • 1Password’s AutoSave window will prompt to save new Logins in your primary vault by default
    • AutoSave now searches all vaults before asking to save/update new Logins
    • You can now choose which vault to use when saving a new Login
  • Item Editing
    • You can now resume editing if 1Password locks or quits in the middle of a change
    • You can even switch vaults while editing an item and resume editing when you switch back
    • Easily rename tags directly within the sidebar
    • Item note editing now supports Undo/Redo
  • Backups
    • New Find Backup button allows you to restore external backup files
    • You can now restore from a backup when launching 1Password for the first time
  • Syncing
    • Improved sync performance
    • Improved sync error reporting
    • New Languages
    • Catalan and Danish localization
  • Tweaks
    • Use Go&Fill from the main application even when your browser is not open
    • You can now sort by Category in Security Audit
    • Improved import from CSV
    • Squashed many bugs reported by our awesome customers

The new version is now available from the AgileBits website as a free upgrade for existing users. The Mac App Store edition is pending approval and should be available shortly.

If you’re interested in 1Password, buy it from the Mac App Store for $49.99.

The download is 33.8MB. A Mac with a 64-bit CPU and OS X 10.8.4 or later is required.

The iPhone and iPod edition is a $17.99 value.

The 24.8MB universal app requires iOS 6.0 or later.

We’re still waiting for a complete 1Password makeover for iOS 7 though (it’s being beta tested as we speak)

  • iV1n5

    Am I missing something…? The app UI in the video is very different from the real app. And actually, it’s been a while since the last update. The app still shows the iOS 6 keyboard. Might this mean an update for the app is on its way as well?

    • Domodo

      Maybe it’s a hint? Maybe that update is waiting for Apple’s approval as well their desktop app?
      But what about the Windows version? Looks like they forgot about that back in ’96.

    • Martin

      Yeah, they posted about that a while ago on their blog. The update is coming, I assume now that they’re just waiting for the approval from Apple.

  • Eri

    Why does the mac app costs so much higher than the ios app?

    I have the ios app and I am happy with it. I have all my passwords with me everywhere, something I would not have with the mac app if I had it.

    So, why does it cost so much compared to the ios app?

    • Marcus

      It has many more features. Both are overpriced though.

      • Martin

        Overpriced? Speak for yourself. I bought 1Password 3 for iOS for $5 a long time ago and got the upgrade to 1Password 4 for free. As for the desktop version, I bought it for $20 when it was on sale. Just gotta be patient.

      • Marcus

        Lol nice. I bought the iPhone and Mac apps for like $50 total. It’s worth it though.

      • Grunt_at_the_Point

        Well, the developers gotta eat too.

      • iThinkergoiMac

        It’s not overpriced. It’s expensive, yes, but it’s seamless and works exceedingly well. $50 for an app that can greatly improve your security online is a small price to pay.

    • Martin

      So you never log into websites on your computer? Asking why you need it on the desktop is a pretty stupid question. But OK, technically you don’t “need” it on your computer, but it’s a lot more convenient than logging into your phone’s app, finding the password and having to copy it letter by letter, especially if you’re like me and make super long passwords for everything.

      • iThinkergoiMac

        So you never read someone’s post? Eri asked why it costs so much more, not why you need it. I’m betting Eri can see the benefit of having the app on a Mac and is simply wondering if $50 is worth the convenience you get from having it on your desktop/laptop.

      • Martin

        Uh, I did read his post that’s why I said what I said. Did you read it?

        “I have all my passwords with me everywhere, something I would not have with the mac app if I had it.”

        He’s saying that he has no need for the MAS app because he thinks it wouldn’t be useful since he has the iOS portable version.

      • iThinkergoiMac

        Late reply, sorry.

        I did not interpret his statement that way. I interpreted Eri’s statement as factual and asking a direct question, whereas you assumed a motive behind the question. You may be correct, but in this world of text I find it dangerous to assume those kinds of things unless you know that person.

        The statement I read was “I have all my passwords with me everywhere, something I would not have with the mac app if I had it.”

        The question you read was “I have all my passwords with me everywhere, something I would not have with the mac app if I had it (so why would I need it?)”

        I think Eri is simply saying he doesn’t know why the Mac version costs so much more and does go on to ask what features it has. There are two actual questions in Eri’s post, both asking why the Mac version costs so much more than the iOS version. You answered a question that wasn’t asked and didn’t really answer either question that was actually asked.

        Either way, unless Eri actually comes in, we’ll never know which interpretation was correct.

    • iThinkergoiMac

      The Mac app costs a lot more because it is far more robust. It integrates with your web browsers and allows much better control over your passwords. IMO, it’s absolutely worth it. I use the Mac version to do most of my management, and my iOS version simply acts as a viewer most of the time.

  • Viktor_Zweig

    Way too expensive! Keepass compliant Mac and iOS apps do exactly the same for free.

    • iThinkergoiMac

      No, they don’t. KeepassX doesn’t integrate with your browser or sync via iCloud. It doesn’t have quite as many features and certainly doesn’t look as nice (or have an integrated browser, a really awesome feature in the iOS version of 1Password).

      That being said, KeepassX is an awesome application and I used it for a while before 1Password went on sale! I’m not trying to downplay KeepassX, because it’s great, but it isn’t identical to 1Password either. In terms of features, 1Password is clearly more robust, but it may not be worth the price. I’d have a hard time swallowing $50 too.