Passpack Is Moving In. On Your Desktop.

Believe it or not, we’ve got another release for you all – Passpack Desktop!

We want you to be able to access your passwords at all times. Even without internet connection. The Offline Version on Google Gears was a step in that direction, but we’ve just found more advantages to a full-fledged Desktop application.

Thanks to Cyndy for pre-release feedback and breaking the news!

I Claim This Desktop As My Own!

Passpack Desktop is completely independent. You can use it as a password manager on its own or as a backup to your Account. Or all of the above. You decide.

To Sync Or Not To Sync?

It’s your choice. If you want to use Passpack Desktop as a backup to your Account, you are going to love this. You can now get all your passwords (and info) from your online Account into your Passpack Desktop with just one click!

Sorry Google. It’s Not You. It’s Me.

Leaving behind something as mighty as Google Gears definitely made us think twice [faint echo of Tara weeping in the background]. But sometimes a software’s gotta do, what a software’s gotta do. And this time Passpack had to take a new friend aboard – Adobe Air. A pretty fair exchange in my opinion.

“Adobe Air, this is Passpack.”
“Passpack, this is Adobe Air.”

I think they’ll get along just fine.

But Why?

Google Gears is best compatible with Internet Explorer and Firefox, leaving a few browsers behind. We just don’t want anyone missing out on the Passpack offline fun. Of course… that said, we immediately have to eat our own words. As it turns out, AIR on Linux, the Encrypted Local Store doesn’t work (read: it won’t save your passwords). So for now – It’s Windows and Mac only.

But not to fret. We are trying to work Google Gears back into the Passpack brew… [not so faint sound of Tara giggling in the background].

Well, enough for now. We’re back to work on the next surprise.

11 responses to “Passpack Is Moving In. On Your Desktop.

  1. Sounds great! Can it do 1-click-login (or something similar) so I can login quickly to my favorite sites?

  2. Great idea! I really like the idea of a desktop app. But after taking a quick look at it, I have one major complaint… syncronization.

    Syncronization is only one way. I want the desktop app to mirror my online data. In other words, if I update a password in the desktop app, the password should also be updated online. Otherwise, the two will quickly get out of sync or require too much time manually maintaining them to keep them synced.

    As it stands now, the desktop app is only useful as a backup for when you don’t have web access.

  3. @Al
    It doesn’t do auto-login, no. But I’m pushing for that personally. Stay tuned.

    @Richard Davies
    Yes, I want the same thing! We had to decide whether to release now (and let people have the backup access you mentioned) or wait until everything was 100% complete. We chose to release now, and integrate features as we go.

    Here’s what’ll be integrated:
    * two-way sync
    * auto-login (might take longer)
    * compact version (less screen real estate)

    I’m probably forgetting something, but more is definitely coming.

    The application should let you know when a new update is ready.


  4. OMG, Congratulations! This was one of my biggest dreams with PassPack!

  5. Hi Tara and team! Sorry to see you move away from Gears. Any suggestions on what we can do better? Is there any way I can help?

    Brad Neuberg

  6. @Aurelijus
    Glad you like it!

  7. @Brad
    Hello to you! I was just sitting down to write you an email, but yes. We were trying to force Gears to be something it’s not: a desktop app.

    That made our offline version a bit counter intuitive, and some folks were even disappointed in the fact that we weren’t using Gears “properly”.

    Gears is a great technology for “going offline”, and we were, indeed, using it improperly as a stand-alone app. Adobe AIR is the better choice for a stand-alone app since that’s what it was built for.

    Francesco is working on ways to integrate Gears back into Passpack, but in a way that is more natural.

    Of course, if Gears releases a stand-alone platform… that’d be outstanding.

  8. Never liked google gears!
    This is much better…

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  11. @Reedy, well, actually, we still like Gears :)

    Brad was convincing.

    But I’m glad there’s something for everyone now. Almost anyway… We’re still waiting on Opera support from Gears, and Linux support from Air. Both I’m told are on the way soon. And Safari is “doable” soon too.

    Cheers to you!

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