After releasing a beta earlier this month with some slick new features, Agile Web Solutions dropped an official 2.5 update to 1Password today. The Keychain replacement and identity management utility packs a digital ton of new features and changes from the top down–so many that we're surprised this isn't a full 3.0 release.
The most obvious changes on first run are 1Password's refreshed UI and a name change from 1Passwd to 1Password (we imagine 1Passwd was causing some confusion among those who don't play close enough attention). The app has a much more polished feel both for sidebar entries and individual item view. A new Wallet entry in the sidebar now handles storing credit card information (instead of storing card numbers in identities) at the request of many users who want the flexibility of using more than one credit card with their identities.
Just like we saw in the beta, 1Password 2.5 includes a clever new feature that can build a powerful, secure bookmarklet for the iPhone's Safari that contains all of a user's login and identity information. A new button in 1Password's toolbar makes setup a cinch, and the bookmarklet itself requires a password and auto-locks after a minute (for obvious security reasons). We've poked around with this feature and must say, it's pretty slick. It's definitely nice to have all that stuff while on the go.
For those who don't own an iPhone or prefer having web access to all this login and identity information, Agile Web Solutions will soon debut a new 1Password web portal called "my1Password." Users will be able sync their 1Password data for free and access all their items from any Internet-connected browser. my1Password isn't quite ready for prime time yet, but invites should be going out soon (hint hint guys!).
Plenty of other changes, including a reworked code base and a greatly-improved form filler, round out an impressive 1Password update. More information and a demo is available from Agile Web Solutions, while single and bundle licenses start at $29.95.