1Password’s Best New Feature

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1Password’s 4.5 update for iOS introduced several improvements, including a new coat of paint to bring it more in line with the look of iOS 7. The AgileBits blog recently contained a post setting forth all of the improvements of the update, yet the update that was most important to me wasn’t listed.

Specifically, you can now do a multiple word search from the address bar in 1Browser, 1Password’s built in browser. Unless I was doing something wrong, this wasn’t possible until now. You could either type a web address, or a single word, but there was no easy way to add a space into the address bar. Or, if there was a way to do it, it wasn’t evident to me. I have no way to go back and check the old version to see for sure.

Now the address bar works just like in Safari, and you can put in complete search terms as well as addresses.

Was this already there, and I was just missing it? Or is this really new? Either way, it’s new to me, and it makes an already strong app much more usable.

UPDATE, MAY 8, 2014: 1Password tweeted a reply yesterday, confirming that this is a new feature:

— 1Password (@1Password) May 8, 2014

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3 Comments:

  1. I’m not sure I understand what the problem was? Would be useful to have a couple of examples of the benefits of what you’re saying it can now do!

    • Marcus, with most browsers now, you can type not only a web address in the address bar, but also a full search in the address bar, such as “Evernote productivity tools.” A search will be performed, using whatever you have set as your browser’s default search provider. In the old version of 1Password for iOS, there was no spacebar on the keyboard in the 1Password browser. That meant you could only do a one word search (such as searching for “Evernote”). I received a reply from 1Password to a Tweet last night, confirming that the update switched to a new keyboard, so this is in fact a new feature.

      If that still doesn’t make sense, let me know.

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