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1Password 3.9 and 3.8.5

AgileBits has released 1Password 3.9, a significant upgrade (despite the small jump in version number) that adds several new features to the password-management software. This version is available only through the Mac App Store, and runs only on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Due to Apple’s rules for the Mac App Store, AgileBits is unable to provide a direct upgrade path from the earlier, stand-alone version to version 3.9, meaning existing customers must buy the new version outright. To compensate for the inconvenience, AgileBits is offering a sale price of $19.99 for version 3.9 (50 percent off, and lower than their usual upgrade price), which will include a free upgrade to version 4.0 — a major new version under development. Other notable features of version 3.9 include support for Lion’s full-screen mode, Launchpad, and application sandboxing; 64-bit support; higher-security PBKDF2 Calibration; and a new menu bar icon for quick, system-wide access to logins and other 1Password features. The transition to the Mac App Store has raised a number of questions from users, which AgileBits addresses in a blog post and a FAQ on their forum. Meanwhile, the company also released 1Password 3.8.5, a minor update for existing users who are still running 10.6 Snow Leopard, or who don’t want to move to the Mac App Store version. Version 3.8.5 includes WebKit compatibility (which version 3.9 currently lacks), and, because 1Password now updates browser extensions separately from the application itself, it will be possible for those remaining with the 3.8.x branch to maintain compatibility with future browser versions. (Half-off $19.99 sale price for version 3.9, free update to 3.8.5, 9 MB)


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Comments about 1Password 3.9 and 3.8.5
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Eric Ullman  2011-09-12 13:28
Thanks for the news, Joe. The AgileBits team has done a fantastic job with this app over the years, and I think the upgrade-now-to-get-4.0-for-free-later deal is a good one to move over to the App Store version.

I wonder what this means for their widespread beta testing strategy, which was easy to mange with their own updater.
Duane Williams  2011-09-12 18:19
One of the worst upgrade experiences I've had. After installing the new version 3.9, it would not read my old password database. It failed with no explanation. Exploring the user forum, I discovered my database had to be moved to the top level of my Dropbox; so I moved it. 3.9 still failed to open it. Further exploration revealed that the problem might be due to a file permissions issue. I had to open Terminal and issue an arcane command to fix the problem. I'm no ordinary user. I'm a retired computer programmer. However annoying, I can deal with these kinds of problems, but I feel sorry for users who have never dealt with the Terminal command line. This was not a user-friendly upgrade by any means.
Joe Kissell  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-09-12 18:54
I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience. I hope you've reported it to AgileBits so they can take any necessary corrective measures.
Dennis B. Swaney  2011-09-13 04:55
1Password still tells me that Version 3.5.13 (build 30888) is the most recent version.
Joe Kissell  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-09-13 06:26
I don't know why that should be, but it's telling you wrong.
Robert Krupka  2011-09-13 13:59
Same here, Duane Williams and I still can't get 3.9 to work. Had to time machine back to 3.85. Awful experience.
Joe Kissell  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-09-13 14:01
I hope you've read the instructions on the AgileBits Web site and reported your problems directly to them. The developer really needs to hear about your experiences.