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)
Mysteriously Moving Margins in Word
In Microsoft Word 2008 (and older versions), if you put your cursor in a paragraph and then move a tab or indent marker in the ruler, the change applies to just that paragraph. If your markers are closely spaced, you may have trouble grabbing the right one, and inadvertently work with tabs when you want to work with indents, or vice-versa. The solution is to hover your mouse over the marker until a yellow tooltip confirms which element you're about to drag.
I recently came to appreciate the importance of waiting for those tooltips: a document mysteriously reset its margins several times while I was under deadline pressure, causing a variety of problems. After several hours of puzzlement, I had my "doh!" moment: I had been dragging a margin marker when I thought I was dragging an indent marker.
When it comes to moving markers in the Word ruler, the moral of the story is always to hover, read, and only then drag.
1Password 3.9 and 3.8.5
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I wonder what this means for their widespread beta testing strategy, which was easy to mange with their own updater.