Hoorah! Passpack’s Beta 6 is ready to roll.
Beta 6 is going to officially launch in a few days, but until then, we wanted to let you folks at it first. If you would like to upgrade your account to Beta 6 now – you can do so here:
If you’re just curious, but aren’t ready to commit until the official release date, you might want to make a new account in the Beta 6 preview just for playing around. You can import some entries so that you actually have something to play with [smile].
Quick Update: You need to reinstall your Passpack it! button in Beta 6.
What’s New in Beta 6
This is where you get to see your account status at a glance.
The password list we all know and love but… you can now add favorites, change the encryption levels if you so please, and you’ve got your tags placed handily on the right side of the list.
1 Click Login
Fast! Turn it on right from the top of your screen…. even better, set Passpack to turn it on for you automatically as soon as you login to your account (It’s a dream come true). Set it up under Settings > Startup Options.
We’ll be working up to the wire getting all the help materials completed, so you’ll surely come across a few “coming soon” links over the weekend. Any active links point to our quick n’ dirty Help FAQ.
No more sending emails to get help, you can now open a support ticket online, and check on the status as well. This is step one towards getting that big beautiful help center complete. One baby step at a time…
Built for Speed
Despite the obvious stylistic changes, most of what was improved in Beta 6 is hidden from sight. A lot of optimization happened. Logging in on a daily basis should be quicker and less intrusive. Entries are unpacked “on demand” and saved one by one, greatly reducing lag time for packing and unpacking.
What can we say, the divide between Explorer 6 and the rest of the world is becoming gargantuan. Sorry Explorer 6 users, Passpack will work for you, but it’s just never going to be fast for you.
Also, the first time you upgrade your account, expect to wait. Passpack has a lot of work to do to update itself. Be patient.
Passpack separates your account (the container for your settings, preferences, etc) from your Pack (your encrypted data).
When you login to the Beta 6 preview, a new “Beta 6 pack” is made for you. Any entries you add, change or delete, will take effect here only. Your previous “Beta 5 pack” remains untouched. You can (as some discovered) actually login to Beta 5 again, but changes saved to your pack in Beta 6 are not there. On the contrary, everything you do to your account (welcome message settings, change login credentials, etc) will be reflected in both Beta 5 and Beta 6.
So why the “This will upgrade your account permanently” statement? Initially that was to read “This will create a second pack in Beta 6″. However, for fear that some folks would think they had two accounts and DELETE the Beta 6 preview one (which would effectively delete both [yikes!]), I changed the wording. Reading over it now, it really doesn’t convey what it was supposed to — my apologies for the confusion.